Thanks to Sony Pictures Releasing we had the chance to see Insidious: The Last Key before its official cinematic release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!

This new chapter of the popular supernatural series sees para-psychic extraordinaire Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) getting her own stand-alone story in this the prequel (chronologically) to the 2010 original.

Opening in 1953, we start with a flashback to young Elise’s (almost) origin story. The jumpscare packed prologue sets the backdrop to present day events and grown up Elise’s reluctant return to the family home to face her demons (literally and metaphorically).

As expected for a fourth instalment, the film is low on surprises but, despite a clunky script and incredibly grating score, the makers know their audience and competently deliver an entertaining (but ultimately forgettable) addition to the series. Fans of the franchise will be happy for more of the same, while detractors will criticise it as…well, more of the same.

Australia’s Angus Sampson and writer Leigh Whannell return as Elise’s slightly bungling assistants Tucker and Specs, providing light relief throughout, while the additional cast all deliver solid enough performances.

Despite the obvious meagre budget, the production quality is commendable, mostly helped by a couple of decent plot points that keep the story afloat, holding people’s attention for the more than 90 min of screen-time.

The final scene brings the story to a natural end point (as opposed to the rather ham-fisted sequel setups of all previous instalments) suggesting the makers are wisely choosing to go out with a slightly above mediocre bang.

Overall, and despite the respectable returns, the franchise continues to yield (we wouldn’t be surprised if a fifth movie is released later on). However, we do hope, if only for sake of the cast CVs, that The Last Key is actually the franchise’s last, otherwise they will be eternally typecast in a franchise that probably never needed sequels.

Insidious: The Last Key is out now in Australian cinemas

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