|Insidious: The Last Key|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Adam Robitel|
|Written by||Leigh Whannell|
|Edited by||Timothy Alverson|
|Music by||Joseph Bishara|
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|Box office||$167.9 million|
Insidious: The Last Key is a 2018 American supernatural horror film directed by Adam Robitel and written by Leigh Whannell. It is produced by Jason Blum, Oren Peli, and James Wan. It is the fourth installment in the Insidious franchise, and the second in the chronology of the story running through the series. Starring Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, Whannell, Spencer Locke, Caitlin Gerard, and Bruce Davison, the film follows parapsychologist Elise Rainier as she investigates a haunting in her childhood trang chủ.
Talks for a fourth installment in the franchise began in June năm ngoái, with Whannell saying the next film would take place shortly before the first film. In May năm 2016, it was announced that Chapter 4 would have an October 2017 release date with Whannell writing, Blum, Peli and Wan producing, Robitel directing, and Shaye returning to lớn reprise her role as Elise Rainier. Principal photography began in August năm 2016, and ended the following month.
The film was released in the United States on January 5, 2018, by Universal Pictures. It grossed $167 million worldwide and received mixed reviews, with praise for Shaye's performance but some critics stating that the franchise had run rẩy its course. Insidious: The Red Door was released on July 7, 2023, continuing the storyline of the first two films.
In 1953, Elise Rainier lives in Five Keys, New Mexico, with her parents, Audrey and Gerald, and younger brother, Christian. Elise and Christian encounter a ghost in their bedroom. Frightened, Christian looks for a whistle their mother gave him to lớn Điện thoại tư vấn for help, but can't find it. Gerald, furious, canes Elise and locks her in the basement. Elise opens a mysterious red doorway and is briefly possessed by a demonic spirit. Audrey is killed by the demon.
Decades later in California in 2010, Elise works as a paranormal investigator with her colleagues, Specs and Tucker. A man named Ted Garza calls, saying he has been experiencing paranormal activity at his house. Realizing it's her childhood trang chủ, Elise departs to lớn help him. While investigating, she finds Christian's lost whistle, but it disappears again after she encounters a female spirit. Elise tells Specs and Tucker that she had seen the spirit before when she was a teenager. She had fled the house in fear of another beating from her father, abandoning Christian.
Elise, Tucker, and Specs meet Melissa and Imogen, Christian's daughters. Christian is still furious at Elise for abandoning him. Hoping to lớn repair their relationship, Elise hands Melissa a photo of the whistle, telling her to lớn show it to lớn Christian. Elise and Tucker discover a hidden room in the basement. Guided by the female spirit, they discover a young woman being held prisoner inside. Ted reveals that he is responsible. He locks the group in and tries to lớn kill Specs, but Specs kills Ted in self-defense.
After police clear the house, Christian and his daughters go inside to lớn find the whistle. Melissa is attacked by the demon from Elise's past, known as Keyface. Keyface sends her into a coma with her consciousness now stuck in the spirit realm of the Further.
Trying to lớn save Melissa, Elise searches the house and discovers hidden suitcases containing belongings of numerous other women who had been held prisoner, including the young woman she had seen as a girl. Elise realizes that lượt thích Ted, her father, Gerald, had also kidnapped women and held them in the secret room. The woman she saw as a girl, Anna, was actually alive then, not a ghost; she had escaped the hidden room and found a passage leading to lớn the laundry room. Gerald saw Anna hiding when he confronted Elise about seeing someone and lied to lớn her, precipitating her leaving the trang chủ. Elise temporarily stunned Gerald by grabbing his face and showing him the manner of his death, giving her time to lớn escape. Once Elise ran from him, Gerald went back and killed Anna. In the present, Elise is ambushed by Keyface and her spirit taken into the Further.
Adult Elise encounters her younger self in the Further, where she explains to lớn adult Elise that she knows her daddy is just scared when he punishes her and that Keyface wants her to lớn help him open all the doors in the Further. Imogen, who possesses abilities lượt thích Elise's, enters the Further and is led by Anna's ghost into a prison realm where Keyface is holding all of the souls he has taken, including Melissa and Elise. Elise realizes Keyface had been controlling both Gerald and Ted and feeds on the fear and hatred generated by the women they kidnapped. Keyface tries to lớn coerce Elise into hurting her father's spirit as revenge for what he has done. Elise starts beating Gerald, but is stopped by Imogen and refuses to lớn feed Keyface any more hatred. Keyface captures Imogen's soul and then attacks Elise, but Gerald tries to lớn save her before he is stabbed by Keyface, his spirit vanishing.
Keyface stabs Melissa, causing her physical body toàn thân to lớn convulse, then flatline. He attempts to lớn possess Elise but Elise blows Christian's whistle and Audrey's spirit arrives, vanquishing Keyface. Audrey releases Elise, Melissa and Imogen's chains from their spirits and they tìm kiếm for their bodies on the way out. While searching, they open a door and see a young boy, Dalton Lambert, fall from the ladder in his attic. Realizing they opened the wrong door, they leave the door open and find Melissa's body toàn thân. Melissa's spirit returns to lớn her body toàn thân in the real world, saving her life. Elise makes amends with her mother's spirit and she and Imogen return to lớn their own bodies and reunite with Christian who forgives Elise.
In her sleep, Elise has a dream about Dalton and a red-faced demon. She awakens and receives a Điện thoại tư vấn from Lorraine. Elise had helped her son years earlier and now her grandson, Dalton, needs the same help, which Elise agrees to lớn provide.
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Prior to lớn the release of Insidious: Chapter 3, Leigh Whannell was asked,
"If there is a Insidious: Chapter 4, would that be a sequel to lớn Chapter 3, another prequel to lớn the original or will it continue in this timeline or go to lớn a whole new timeline?"
"I don't know. I haven't really thought about it yet. But for the purposes of this interview, I'll say that I'd lượt thích to lớn explore the time between this film and the first film. That whole area there where Elise has rediscovered her gift, I think you could have a lot of adventures before she arrives. So I think there is a lot of room there. We've kind of established Lin [Shaye] in this particular film as kind of this superhero, ví that would be kind of interesting to lớn explore in the other films."
On May 16, năm 2016, it was announced that Chapter 4 would have an October trăng tròn, 2017, release date with Whannell writing, Jason Blum, Oren Peli and James Wan producing, Adam Robitel directing, and Lin Shaye returning to lớn reprise her role as Elise Rainier.
Principal photography began in August năm 2016, and ended the following month.
Insidious: The Last Key was released on January 5, 2018. The film was then released a week later on January 12, 2018, in the United Kingdom.
On August 29, 2017, it was announced via Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights that the film would be titled Insidious: The Last Key. In October 2017, the first poster and two trailer were divulged via Universal and Sony Pictures Entertainment. The variant poster art for social truyền thông promotion was designed by American Artist Justin Paul.
Insidious: The Last Key grossed $67.6 million in the United States and Canada, and $100.1 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $167.9 million, against a production budget of $10 million. It is the highest-grossing film in the franchise, surpassing the second installment's $161 million, and the first film of the series to lớn gross $100 million overseas.
In the United States and Canada, Insidious: The Last Key was released alongside the wide expansion of Molly's Game, and was projected to lớn gross $20–22 million from 3,116 theaters in its opening weekend. The film made $1.98 grossed from Thursday night previews, the highest preview total of the franchise. It went on to lớn debut to lớn $29.3 million for the weekend, finishing second at the box office behind holdover Jumanji: Welcome to lớn the Jungle and marking the second-highest opening of the series and grossing, behind Chapter 2.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 33%, based on 112 reviews, with an average rating of 5.1/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Insidious: The Last Key offers franchise star Lin Shaye another welcome opportunity to lớn take the lead, but her efforts aren't enough to lớn rescue this uninspired sequel." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 49 out of 100, based on 23 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B−" on an A+ to lớn F scale, the lowest score of the franchise.
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Screen Rant's Sandy Schaefer scored the film 3/5 stars, stating "Insidious: The Last Key is a solid finale to lớn the Insidious franchise that gives series lead Lin Shaye the chance to lớn take a graceful final bow." Brent McKnight of the Seattle Times rated the film two stars, saying "Old horror franchises don't die, they unspool tepid, uninspired sequels in perpetuity. And with the fourth chapter, Insidious: The Last Key, this saga is on a familiar path." Emily Yoshida of New York Magazine noted how "the fourth installment of Leigh Whannell's ghost-and-mediums horror series wraps up its own free-association illogic with an impenetrable tangle of woo-woo spirit-world mechanics and lingo", while John DeFore of Hollywood Reporter faulted the film's delivery of "the boos" as remaining "cheap and arbitrary."
Insidious: The Last Key was released on Digital HD on March trăng tròn, 2018, and was released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 3, 2018, by Sony Pictures trang chủ Entertainment.
On October 29, 2020, it was announced that a sequel was in the works with Scott Teems writing the screenplay based on a story by Leigh Whannell and series star Patrick Wilson directing. It focuses on a grown-up Dalton, a role reprised by series star Ty Simpkins, as he heads off to lớn college. It released on July 7, 2023.
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