A place to call home!
This is the fourth installment in the Insidious franchise, and the second one, chronologically. The first thing we notice, when sitting through this, is how much time, from the very first scene, we spend covering our eyes. Come on. Admit it. You squinted your way through these movies. It’s not going to stop now. Unfortunately, this one relies too much on that.
Yes, there are several well-oiled jump scares but there is a cost to this. Writer Leigh Whannell should know better. The Last Key is the story of Lin Shaye’s character whose childhood trauma converges many times during the film, but a subplot gets introduced at the halfway mark and it’s extremely improbable. I can only blame it on poor writing and on franchise fatigue.
That said, the magic of screenwriting happens every time the past meets the present, and, of course in “The Further”, that magical dimension depicted since the first film, a place, then, so frightening, and made up of nothing more than omni lights, neon and fog. This is definitely one of Lin Shaye’s best role. Her character is more interesting than ever. The villains, on the other hand…