INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY

"Lame, Laughable, Loathsome Occultism"

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Summary:

INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY tells the backstory of Elise Rainier, who must return to the childhood house that haunted her to confront an evil spirit that murdered her mother 50 years ago. THE LAST KEY is built on a very poorly constructed script, with a weak story and cringe-worthy dialogue. Although there’s little foul language and very few other crude elements, the movie’s occult themes and disturbing images are dangerous, abhorrent and unacceptable.

Review:

INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY tells the story of Elise Rainier, who was killed in the original movie, and serves as a sequel to INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3. This part of the series explains Elise’s life as a child, and how her “psychic powers” allowed her to help so many people battle demons in the spiritual realm.

Living next to a penitentiary where people are sentenced to the death penalty regularly, the house Elise grew up in is full of lingering entities – good and evil. She and her brother are haunted by these ghosts, but she’s the only one who can see them. However, anytime she claims to see a ghost, it angers her father so much that he abuses her.

One night, her father punishes her by locking her in the dark basement, forcing her to stay in there all night. The evil entity that haunts their home begins to speak to her and asks her to open a door, because she possesses a power that allows her to do so. As she opens the door, the power becomes too much for her to handle, and the demon murders her mother.

After this incident, Elise only remains living with her father and brother for a few more years before deciding to run away. Fifty years later, Elise is working with a team of ghost hunters, helping people get rid of evil spirits that are haunting them and their homes. One day, she receives a phone call from a man who needs help, and the address he gives is the one of the house that she ran away from so many years before.

Although she refuses to help this man at first, she knows what kind of power he’s up against. She believes that the monster haunting him is using him to get to her and her powers. She decides to make the trip to Five Keys, New Mexico, and face the demon that killed her mother so long ago.

INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY is not much more than a poorly constructed script and an empty storyline, still trying to bank on the success of the first movie of the franchise. Full of cheesy and overly dramatic lines, the comic relief is, sadly, the best part of any of the dialogue. Elements of the story are laughable, and the setups to the jump worthy scares are very drawn out and easily predictable. The movie tries to tie itself together in what feels like a lazy attempt at storytelling, and the climax leaves the viewer very unsatisfied. The performances by the majority of the actors are less than Blockbuster movie worthy, although they were probably doing the best they could under the circumstances of the bad script.

THE LAST KEY does contain some positive elements, including self-sacrifice, good versus evil and warnings about the negative effects of feeding into hate and anger. However, it’s dominated by an overarching occult worldview where “psychic power” is the only force used to defeat the demons. The only element of a godly power is the presence of Bibles in a few places in the movie. In fact, one scene shows a man tossing a Bible to Elise as she enters a spooky room, but she never uses it. This movie also contains a relatively high amount of scary images and violence, as well as an exorbitant number of occult practices such as using hypnosis to enter the “spirit world,” and crossing over into “the other side” to battle evil in the supernatural world. The occult worldview in INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY is dangerous, abhorrent and unacceptable.

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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
False occult worldview where the “good guys” use their psychic powers to overcome evil entities in the supernatural realm, but no mention of a God or supernatural being who has power over the demons, girl is hypnotized in order to access “the other side”, the Bible is included a few times as a man boards up a room that is haunted by placing a table topped with a lot of Bibles, when psychic woman enters room he tosses a Bible to her saying that she’ll need it, but she never uses it, plus some Christian, moral elements such as good overcoming evil, self-sacrifice and an overt theme of powering evil by feeding into hatred and anger but overcoming that same evil with love; One “f” word, no other obscenities or profanities;

Violence:
Moderate amount of often scary violence includes father punishes his daughter by hitting her with a stick on her back, women are hit a few times by other demons or by other humans, people encounter scary ghosts and demons, man threatens people with a gun, man puts gun into his own mouth but doesn’t shoot, woman is hung by a rope, demon inserts a key into two different people’s throats and then cuts one girl’s chest open and puts it into her heart, man is knocked out with a wooden plank, man pushes a dresser onto another man’s head and crushes it, and a fair amount of blood but not overly graphic;

Sex:
No sexual content;

Nudity:
No explicit nudity, but female takes her shirt off and viewers see scars on her back, nothing sexual, only her back and bra are shown;

Alcohol Use:
Man drinks a beer in his house;

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drug use; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Many examples of dysfunctional family, dad abuses daughter for her “special gift,” parents disagree about the appropriate punishment of their children, a heavy amount of disturbing images that could be haunting for anyone sensitive to this, red faced demons, and visions of many spirits and entities that could be visually upsetting.

In Brief:

INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY is a prequel about Elise Rainier. It begins when she was a girl with psychic powers to 50 years later as she battles demons while helping people. Growing up near a penitentiary, Elise sees the spirits of executed people. After an evil entity murders her mother, Elise runs away from her father, who abuses her because of her “special gift.” Fifty years later, Elise is called regarding the house where she grew up. She must revisit her painful memories to confront the demon who murdered her mother.

INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY is a lazy attempt to capitalize on the previous movie. The storyline is very weak, with little to tie it together, leaving the viewer unsatisfied. Sadly, the cheap comical relief is the best part, but the actors deliver their lines in an insincere manner. With no mention of God, the movie’ solution to defeating evil is by using psychic, occult powers. INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY also has some disturbing, startling images, but very little crude content. The movie’s occult worldview is dangerous, abhorrent and unacceptable.