Gilbert Speaks: A Ghost Investigator’s Review of Insidious: The Last Key

9 Jan

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I was recently asked by my granddaughter through marriage to go see a scary movie called “Insidious: The Last Key.” Kimberlea had won two free passes to see the film and she figured that since I do investigations that I would want to go. Even though I had not seen the previous three films, I said yes. Did I enjoy the fourth installment of the Insidious franchise? Find out after the jump.

Plot

My daughter, who also has the ability to see the dead, wanted no parts of a scary movie, but in the end Kimberlea encouraged Re to join us with the knowledge that Re and I would be hiding under our jackets for most of the movie; neither one of us a fan of the slash and gore films.

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Insidious: The Last Key” is directed by Adam Robitel and stars Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, Josh Stewart, Leigh Whannell, Caitlin Gerard, Bruce Davison, with Ava Kolker and Hana Hayes playing the younger Elsie. Now as I’ve mentioned earlier, I have not seen the previous three films so I was curious as to how they would handle the ghost investigation scenes.

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Elsie, played fabulously by Lin Shaye, is a medium and that means like my daughter and me, she is a magnet for any spirit who wishes to drop in and tell their stories. Luckily for both my daughter and I, we’ve set up boundaries that allow only harmless spirits to drop in. But for Elsie, she attracts the good, the bad, and the ugly in the spirit world…and that my friends will leave her and her team open to demonic attacks.

Film Title: Insidious: The Last Key

When Elsie’s dreams of the horror she’d experienced both from spirits and an abusive father are followed by a call for help from a man living in her childhood home, Elsie and her ghost hunting team: Tucker (Angus Sampson) and Specs (Leigh Whannell, the series co-creator and this film’s screenwriter) head to New Mexico to help the new owner, Ted Garza (Kirk Acevedo). Mr. Garcia is in a panic about the spirits haunting his home and especially the one inside the bedroom that Elsie and her brother, Chris (Bruce Davison) shared as children.

Conclusion

Tucker and Specs reminded me of several investigators that I had worked with, and I understood their joking around because when you are dealing with dark entities, you develop a strange sense of humor. I would say that as far as the ghost investigation scenes went, they were pretty accurate. Elsie’s having a sense of the spirits she would encounter before entering the house is also accurate. Sometimes, spirits learn of an upcoming investigation and try to connect with the medium beforehand just to put their two cents in. I’ve always suspected that the dead have their own social media.

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I truly enjoyed Insidious: The Last Key, and now want to see the first three of the franchise. The script was well written and it allowed us to understand the living better before springing the fright factor upon us. Demons and negative spirits can have a dangerous effect on a person’s mental state, especially if that person already has an inclination to do evil, or they are easily influenced.

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Elsie had to endure the loss of her mother by an evil entity, and the abuse of a sociopathic father until her escape as a teenager. Was it the nasty ghost who caused Gerald (Josh Stewart) and Ted Garcia to become serial killers, or were they born that way? Watch the movie and tell me what you think, but I am giving Insidious: The Last Key a four-star review!

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