The Insidious franchise trundles on as the trailer for the latest instalment, Insidious: The Last Key, was released earlier this week.
The Insidious series has never made quite the same splash as writer Leigh Whannell’s previous Saw franchise, but it has always maintained a fair level of quality. The first film was a financial and critical success, mostly due to the imaginative horror visuals and eery atmosphere. In each film, the characters jump into the world of the dead and this gives the filmmakers a good excuse to throw in as much unsettling ghost imagery as they can at the audience.
Usually it works very effectively. While each sequel has not managed to match the first film for quality, none of them have been bottom-of-the-barrel terrible either. Now that might not sound like much, but horror franchises rarely even manage to maintain an average level of quality for more than one movie.
From the trailer, we can see that the film takes the recurring spiritual medium Dr Elise Rainer back to her family home in order to save the new residents from its ghostly inhabitants. It is good to see that the filmmakers are focusing on the series’ most popular character Elise, played wonderfully by Lin Shaye, and I am certain that the fans will be pleased to learn more about her backstory. The trailer also shows us glimpses of the strange demonic antagonists, and the film seems to promise us more of the creepy visuals that have kept this franchise going.
What I am sure will disappoint fans most about this film is that the first entry director James Wan is not returning to for The Last Key. Instead, we have Adam Robitel, a relatively untested horror director (his last film, The Taking of Deborah Logan, received a lukewarm reception upon its release). While not awe inspiring news, it is hard to make too poor predictions due to the director since his filmography is so small. Who knows? Maybe Robitel will be able to breathe some new life into the franchise.
Insidious: The Last Key is scheduled to be released in January 2018.