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Insidious: The Last Key

Taking place right after "Insidious: Chapter 3", the movie goes back to Elise`s beginnings, seeing her at a very different point in her life where her quest to find the person that has been haunting her begins.

Language: English
Subtitle: Chinese
Classification: PG13
Release Date: 4 Jan 2018
Genre: Horror / Mystery
Running Time: 1 Hour 48 Minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing Singapore
Cast: Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Josh Stewart
Director: Adam Robitel
Format: 2D

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Writer: Naseem Randhawa

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Watch this if you liked: "Insidious" & "The Conjuring" films

When horror duo Leigh Whannell and James Wan created the first "Insidious" film back in 2010, little did they know that the success of the horrifying world and the characters it created would spawn three other films.

Screenwriter-actor Whannell then had to find ways to expand the story through a sequel and a prequel, and thus, the fourth movie, "Insidious: The Last Key", (directed by Adam Robitel) is also a prequel, and chronologically the second film in the series.

Following the events in the third film, "Insidious: Chapter 3", main star Elise Rainier, a demonologist that we've come to know from the previous films, has to now return to her childhood home in New Mexico to deal with a supernatural disturbance, and quite literally, face the demons of her past.

We've got to admit, putting a 74-year-old Lin Shaye as its main star might leave some hesitating to watch, after all, how are most of the movie going demographic to relate to an elderly woman when we have been so used to seeing college kids getting murdered in a cabin in the woods or a young family moving to a haunted house? But surprisingly, if you give this a chance like how you did for "Chapter 3", then you'll realise that Shaye is the most strongest character in the "Insidious" stories and the exploration of her backstory and how she got to where she is now, allows for a more richer and emotional story on top of the horrors.

Plot-wise, while the strongest of the "Insidious" movies would have to be the first one starring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne - who seek to help their possessed son - the somewhat same familial strings are also laid out here as we see Elise's childhood flashbacks of her brother, mother and father - the latter who exhibits that demons may not only exist in the astral plane of The Further, but in real life too.

In her most defining role yet, Shaye, who has always been the brave central figure in the "Insidious" films, had shown a more vulnerable side that exposes her emotional layers. Achieving that balance between bravely confronting one's fears and grieving over tragedy, allowed the core of the movie to really stand out over the demons.

Don't get us wrong, there are plenty of spirits, demons and also that special journey into the damned Further, but watch it because you liked the previous "Insidious" films and want to complete the circle of how Elise became who she is.

Cinema Online, 04 January 2018
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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