As far as I am concerned, James Wan is the best thing to hit the horror genre…maybe ever. He reinvigorated the genre with Saw and gave us two of the best horror franchises of the past decade with the Insidious and Conjuring films. And in between he managed to make one of the best entries in an already great franchise with Furious 7 and one of the best vigilante films ever with Death Sentence. And next he is tackling the superhero genre with Aquaman. And while he has stepped away from the director’s chair in the Insidious franchise, he continues to oversee and produce, including the latest entry out on shelves now, Insidious: The Last Key.
Lin Shaye returns as parapsychologist Elise Rainier, who gets a call from a man claiming to be experiencing paranormal activity in a house he moved into in New Mexico. When Elise recognizes the address as her childhood home, she is drawn back to try and face some of the demons of her past that have haunted her all her life. With faithful sidekicks Specs (Leigh Whannell) and Tucker (Angus Sampson) in tow, Elise must face her greatest fears if she is to full regain control of her own life.
The Insidious franchise has been going strong with three thorough entertaining entries so far, and it is showing no signs of slowing down. Especially after the filmmakers made the genius move of letting 74-year-old Lin Shaye take over the lead. Shaye is a film veteran with over 200 credits to her name and 7 films currently in production! In Insidious: The Last Key it becomes a much more personal story having Shaye’s character Elise return to her childhood home making it not only another ghostly tale, but a fascinating back story to her memorable character. And her hilariously inept sidekicks played by Whannell and Sampson are a nice comedic break when things get intense. The story is well put together, Shaye is brilliant and proves once again that she can steal a supporting role of support a whole film as a lead. Fans of the series check this one out for sure and anyone who hasn’t checked out the Insidious franchise yet, get on it, it is a good one! Highly recommended.