The first reviews for the highly anticipated upcoming horror movie Insidious: The Last Key have been released, and they’re probably going to disappoint you if you were expecting glowing opinions for the film. Though a Rotten Tomatoes percentage is yet to be calculated, we’re willing to guess that it won’t be anywhere near as high as the first Insidious film.
Here are some of the notable reviews for Insidious: The Last Key:
The Hollywood Reporter: As has been the case since the first film, this one centers on shock-cuts and sudden appearances of figures in the shadows. While the franchise’s technical overkill may have mellowed over time (sound FX are far less oppressive here), the delivery of the “boo!”s remains on the cheap and arbitrary side.
Variety: Despite the indomitable Shaye’s best efforts, however, new director Adam Robitel is rarely successful in shaking the cobwebs off this increasingly creaky franchise: “The Last Key” is wildly uneven, confused and confusing, and it appears to leave the “Insidious” saga written into a corner yet again.
Bloody-Disgusting: What started out as an admittedly frightening but altogether playful horror franchise has now morphed into a shockingly insightful commentary on the abuse that so many people have been dealt at the hands of those they hold dear.
Cinema Blend: Though skillfully directed, Insidious: The Last Key isn’t as good as previous entries. Scares come hard and fast, but they’re underserved by a paper-thin plot and characters.
IndieWire: Elise may be tasked with exorcising supernatural threats, but “Insidious: The Last Key” is haunted by the possibility that all those things going bump in the night matter less than the woman tasked with taking them out.
ScreenDaily: The Last Key throws in plot surprises and superficial character shading as ways to stave off the franchise’s inevitable demise. The weight of the past is heavy on Elise’s shoulders, and the same could be said for this strained series.
Hollywood Life: It may be called The Last Key, but the ending scene of the film sets up what’s likely a fifth movie. Nothing has been announced yet, but from what we saw, it’ll be an exciting one.
Dread Central: Whether you’ve seen the Insidious movies or not, if you like haunted houses and paranormal investigations, you’ve got to see The Last Key on the big screen.
ShockYa.com: Despite the satisfying closure of Elise’s story in ‘Insidious: The Last Key,’ fans will surely wish to see another appearance by the beloved Shaye in a future installment of the classic franchise.
So there you have it. If you’re a fan of the other films, you’ll most likely enjoy this one too, but it seems to be pretty divisive at this point. The first film was one of the highest rated horror movies on Rotten Tomatoes ever, so it’ll be interesting to see the score.
In the film:
Brilliant parapsychologist Elise Rainier receives a disturbing phone call from a man who claims that his house is haunted. Even more disturbing is the address — 413 Apple Tree Lane in Five Keys, N.M. — the home where Elise grew up as a child. Accompanied by her two investigative partners, Rainier travels to Five Keys to confront and destroy her greatest fear — the demon that she accidentally set free years earlier.
Insidious: The Last Key hits theaters on Friday.
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