Insidious: The Last Key

Insidious: The Last Key

2018, PG-13, 103 min. Directed by Adam Robitel. Starring Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Josh Stewart, Caitlin Gerard, Spencer Locke, Javier Botet, Kirk Acevedo, Bruce Davison, Tessa Ferrer, Ava Kolker.

REVIEWED By Marc Savlov, Fri., Jan. 12, 2018

The mystery at the heart of this demon possession franchise isn’t so much that this is the third film building on James Wan and Leigh Whannell’s 2011 surprise hit stinker. The original made a downright Luciferian amount of money, and that always guarantees sequelitis ad nauseam. No, the genuine enigma facing the moviegoing public – not to mention genre fans such as yours truly – is that the Insidious movies are getting better with each installment, much like series stalwart Lin Shaye. That’s not to say that this newest bit of Blumhouse cinematic deviltry is a masterful, or even borderline competent, shock show. It is, however, by turns entertaining, incomprehensible, goofy, and even on occasion unnerving.

Shaye returns as parapsychologist Elise Rainier, aided and abetted by her comic-relief aides-de-campy Specs (Whannell) and Tucker (Sampson), but since the character was killed off in the first film, The Last Key time-hops from young Elise’s (Kolker) spooky childhood growing up beside a penitentiary death house in 1950s New Mexico to 2010 (the latter being directly prior to the events in Insidious). Her new psychic rescue mission involves both her own soul and possibly that of one Ted Garza (Acevedo), the new owner of her disquieting former home. Also in the mix of madness are Elise’s sibling (Davison), his two daughters (Gerard, Locke), and the usual complement of stiletto-fingered demons, eyeless yawning specters, and oh so many jump scares.

Director Robitel bumps up against many of the series’ previous plot contrivances, but he does manage some of the franchise’s eeriest moments (I’ll say no more). He also slows the pace down a tad, lighting some slow-burn suspense sequences that go on longer than most before the inevitable "gotchas." Shaye is in top form here, working with a character both she and the audience know inside and out by this point, yet never lapsing into cliches or tropes other than those necessitated by the boo! scary! storyline.

A brief note to Insidious virgins: Whannell’s script is a sequel to Insidious: Chapter 3, which was a prequel to Insidious: Chapter 2, which may result in side effects including but not limited to: déjà vu, jamais vu, brain slough, obverse Stendhal syndrome, flinching followed by comedic hysterical laughter, and an unmanageable hankering to revisit a better possession movie like Séance on a Wet Afternoon. You have been warned.

Showtimes

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Wed., Jan. 17

CC/DVS 12:30, 3:00, 5:40, 8:10
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 12:30, 3:00, 5:40, 8:10

Thu., Jan. 18

CC/DVS 12:30, 3:00, 5:40
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 12:30, 3:00, 5:40

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Wed., Jan. 17

digital 12:35, 2:05, 3:30, 4:55, 6:20, 7:45, 9:10, 10:35
digital, luxury lounger 12:35, 2:05, 3:30, 4:55, 6:20, 7:45, 9:10, 10:35

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Wed., Jan. 17

digital 12:40, 3:20, 7:00, 10:00
digital, luxury lounger 12:40, 3:20, 7:00, 10:00

Thu., Jan. 18

digital 12:40, 3:20, 7:00, 10:00
digital, luxury lounger 12:40, 3:20, 7:00, 10:00

Wed., Jan. 17

digital 11:15am, 2:10, 4:55, 7:40, 10:30
digital, luxury lounger 11:15am, 2:10, 4:55, 7:40, 10:30

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Wed., Jan. 17

digital 12:15, 2:50, 5:35, 8:15, 10:55

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., Jan. 17

digital 11:50am, 2:30, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30
digital, luxury lounger 11:50am, 2:30, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Wed., Jan. 17

digital 12:45, 4:00, 6:40, 9:15

Thu., Jan. 18

digital 12:45, 4:00, 6:40, 9:15

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Wed., Jan. 17

1:05, 4:45, 7:40, 10:20

Thu., Jan. 18

1:05, 4:45, 7:40, 10:20

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Wed., Jan. 17

11:45am, 2:25, 5:00, 7:50, 10:35

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Wed., Jan. 17

CC 1:40, 4:30, 8:00, 10:30

Thu., Jan. 18

CC 1:40, 4:30, 8:00, 10:30

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Wed., Jan. 17

CC/DL/HI 12:05, 2:30, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50
ClosedCap;DescListen;HI 12:05, 2:30, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50

Thu., Jan. 18

CC/DL/HI 12:05, 2:30, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50
ClosedCap;DescListen;HI 12:05, 2:30, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., Jan. 17

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:35, 5:15, 7:55, 10:30

Thu., Jan. 18

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:35, 5:15, 7:55, 10:30

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart, 512/398-4100, www.hometowncinemas.com

Wed., Jan. 17

12:00, 2:20, 4:50, 7:30

Thu., Jan. 18

12:00, 2:20, 4:50, 7:30

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400, www.ipic.com

Wed., Jan. 17

12:15, 3:15, 6:15, 9:45

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., Jan. 17

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:40

Thu., Jan. 18

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:40

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, www.schulmantheatres.com

Wed., Jan. 17

10:45am, 1:40, 4:55, 7:50, 10:40

Thu., Jan. 18

10:45am, 1:40, 4:55, 7:50, 10:40

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Wed., Jan. 17

2:20, 5:00, 7:40

Thu., Jan. 18

2:20, 5:00, 7:45

Wed., Jan. 17

11:20am, 4:45, 8:00, 10:55

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos, 512/805-8000

Wed., Jan. 17

11:45am, 2:25, 5:00, 7:50, 10:35

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar Blvd, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., Jan. 17

CC/DVS 11:45am, 2:30, 5:15, 7:40, 9:45

Thu., Jan. 18

CC/DVS 11:45am, 2:30, 5:15, 7:40, 9:45

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