Insidious: The Last Key - More of a Laugher than Horror

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 19 January 2018, 04:58 Hrs
cmt right
Comment Right
cmt right
cmt right
Printer Print Email Email

Movie cast: Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Josh Stewart, Caitlin Gerard
Movie director: Adam Robitel

The movie sets in 1950s when a young girl named Elise is treated harsh by her father who used to lock her up in the basement of an old house. The scene shifts to 2010 with the eerie voices of a little child with shadows looming in the background. Elise (Lin Shaye) is an old woman who works as a ghost hunter with two men, Specs (Leigh Whannell) and Tucker (Angus Sampson) from the last installment, who are mainly present to provide some laughs and are vessels for some expositional dialogue. The phone rings and Elise talks to the man on the line whispered the words ‘New’ and ‘Mexico’, Elise slams the phone down. Elise’s sixth sense kicked into sixth gear and informed her that this haunting is happening in the same house that she grew up in. She calls it a ‘house’ and not a ‘home’ because she faced physical and psychological assault at the hands of her own father.  Elise decides to investigate and help the man. The old house brings up terrible memories and Elise is determined to look for the “red door” and get the house spirit-free.

Insidious: The Last Key’s plot rolls down from being horror to comic by showing a crazy man’s obsession of locking up women. The comedy is heightened with as the cat-and-mouse game between Specs. Like every horror movies, there are unresolved issues from Elise’s childhood that spins the entire plot rolling around it. The ghosts of that looms in the house clings with a whistle that belonged to Elise’s mother and which has some extraordinary magical powers.

The comedy scene is elevated when one of Elise’s nieces can also feel the spirit’s presence too and also the hilarious scene where Specs and Tucker trying to hypnotise the niece. The ghost in the basement maintains a prison for all the human spirits that he has captured but unsurprisingly loses all control once the whistle is blown.

The makers wanted to make their audience feel the “other side” by creating human spirits in the climax. With the punctured plot and characters like Specs and Tucker in the story, Insidious: The Last Key, disappoints the diehard fan of horror movie who are looking for some spine-chilling thrills and a well-made horror mystery. The half-hearted writing, the lazy scares, the ineffective background and the ghosts you can see without cringing is undoubtedly the most cliched horror movie.  Insidious: The Last Key is a horror-comedy because it makes audience laughs instead of gasping in unison.


Read other reviews:


Tiger Zinda Hai: The Record-Breaking Blockbuster

'The Big Sick': Light-Hearted, Heart Melting Rom-Com

Startup City
Youth are leading India's start-up ecosystem where the median age of founder-entrepreneurs..
Enterprise IT
Taking on streaming giants like Netflix and Hulu, Walt Disney Co. has announced it will laun..
The Reserve Bank of India injected a total liquidity of Rs 2.98 lakh crore in the market in 20..
Wiley, a global leader in research and education has announced a series of blended learning progr..
The Pentagon has selected Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS, the cloud computing arm ..
Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp is still developing its previously announced "Vacatio..
US Indian
Facebook-owned photo messaging app Instagram has launched the beta version of its in-app sh..
Google Pixel and OnePlus smartphones are catching up and giving stiff competition to Samsu..
"Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin doesn't want season eight to be the final chapter of "..