If I were to categorize my relationship with horror movies, it would definitely be an It’s Complicated situation. I love how innovative the filmmakers can be and the catharsis of it all, but I’m typically too, well, scared to watch many of them. But this week, lured by the promise of cocktails and photo ops, I faced my fears and ventured into the Further for Insidious: The Last Key.
Spoiler alert: it was creepy AF.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment transformed the basement of The Victorian in Santa Monica into the Further – a place in between Heaven and Earth for the tormented souls of the dead. With dark corners, flickering lights, scary music, and actual props from the film and franchise, the overall effect was decidedly spooky. Let’s just say I count myself lucky to not have run into The Lipstick Faced Demon, Keyface, or any other demonic entities down there.
After taking in the unsettling (but also seriously cool) vibe, we were treated to a viewing of some of the bonus features included with the home entertainment release, as well as a Q&A with director Adam Robitel and cast members including Leigh Whannell (who also wrote the film), Lin Shaye, Spencer Locke, and Caitlin Gerard.
The bonus features offer some great insights into the world of the Further; the creation of this installment’s signature demon, Keyface; and Lin Shaye’s iconic role as Elise Rainier (who takes center stage in the film) with special featurettes. We also got a sneak peek at several of eight deleted scenes (again, very creepy) that showed demonic encounters with Keyface and other, equally delightful characters. The Digital, Blu-ray, and DVD versions of The Last Key include all of this bonus content, as well as an alternate ending and a franchise recap entitled “Dive Into the Insidious Universe.”
The cast and filmmaker Q&A was a great complement to these bonus features, as the group shared their thoughts on the movie, bringing Elise’s past to light, and more.
The Last Key – a “sequel to the prequel,” if you will – really hones in on Elise as a character, and her frightening backstory. When asked why it was important to take this approach, Leigh Whannell had one answer: Lin Shaye.
“When I was writing the script, I think I really just liked that character of Elise. I had done Insidious 3, which I directed, and Lin was sort of the star of that and I had a great time working with her. I just thought that the character was really interesting, so when it came time to do the fourth Insidious film, I wanted to go even further with her character than we had before […] and really go into the backstory of her character,” Whannell said. “It’s really just giving the fans of Insidious what they want because they love that character so much.”
Director Adam Robitel added, “This story in particular is about a young woman accepting this thing that she has – this ability that she has – which I think is such a universal idea of self-love and self-acceptance.”
Viewers will soon discover that Elise’s past is far from ideal. Lin Shaye spoke to the idea that confronting the traumas of your past is essential for a positive future. “I think it’s important to have the courage,” she said. “It’s very difficult because pain is something you want to put away and hide, but I think that the courage that you can find – and we all have it, it’s not something you don’t have – it’s just a matter of having that personal courage to go, I’m going to move forward in my life. There’s a new day every day. It’s an important movie in a weird way.”
Girl power (while taking on ageism in Hollywood) and demon fighting? Sign us up.
About the Movie
The creative minds behind the hit Insidious franchise bring you the most horrifying chapter of the series, Insidious: The Last Key. In this gripping Blumhouse film, Lin Shaye reprises her role as parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier, who returns to her family home to face the unrelenting demons that have plagued her since childhood. Accompanied by her two investigative partners, Specs and Tucker, Elise must delve deeper into the Further to unlock the mystery and destroy her greatest fear.
Insidious: The Last Key is available now on Digital, Blu-ray, and DVD.
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