It's time, dear readers, to return to the world of the Further as Insidious: The Last Key hits theaters today for all to see! The fourth film in the series originated by Leigh Whannell and James Wan, the Insidious saga is ready to tell a new story that precedes the story of the original Insidious, focusing on the backstory of the series' main paranormal investigator, Lin Shaye's Elise Rainer. Not to mention, this is the first film being released on the 2018 release slate, so it's the first chance the market has to outdo 2017's attendance numbers.
Though if you're going by the critical reaction to Insidious: The Last Key, the film's prospects might be a bit shaky. Even our own Conner Schwerdtfeger thought the film was a bit thin on plot, though his official Cinema Blend review does reward the film for one important factor: the scares are apparently still pretty good. With this in mind, we invite you, the moviegoer, to discuss Insidious: The Last Key in the comments section below, so as to share your own opinion on the series' latest gambit at sustaining its legacy. In addition to your general thoughts of the film, we'd love for you to keep in mind the following questions for discussion:
Where would you rank this film in the Insidious canon?
Do you think this is the final Insidious film, or is there room for more entries?
Could an Insidious movie succeed without Elise Rainer?
How does the Key-Fingered Demon compare to the villains of the first two movies?
Is the timeline of the Insidious films getting to hard to follow?
Of course, after considering those Insidious: The Last Key questions, the time has come to really put the film to the test of critical criterion. Feel free to rate the film below, on a scale of zero to five, in our poll:
Of course, with the horror genre having a hell of a year in 2017, Insidious: The Last Key looks to keep the genre alive and well into 2018. It's a sentiment that seemed pretty clear our interview with director Adam Robitel, as you'll see below why he thinks horror is in demand at this moment in time.
But, of course, Insidious: The Last Key, much like the series itself, isn't exactly a typical horror series. Co-creator Leigh Whannell made that perfectly clear, as we spoke to him and Lin Shaye during the film's press day as well.
Let us know what you thought of Insidious: The Last Key below, and a happy new year to all!