Warning: The following post contains spoilers from Insidious: The Last Key.
Without closure, the ghosts of the past become the ghosts of the present. That's the driving force behind Insidious: The Last Key, out now in theaters. Though this is the fourth movie in the popular horror franchise, it functions as a prequel, giving our psychic heroine, Elise Rainier, the backstory she deserves. As far as seat-gripping horror, some viewers might leave feeling underwhelmed, but the movie makes up for its shortcomings with intriguing world-building and a new character who could have lasting impact.
Directed by Adam Robitel (The Taking of Deborah Logan) and written by Insidious co-creator Leigh Whannell, The Last Key picks up immediately before the events of the first entry. It's taken almost eight years for the saga to finally center on Elise because the creators never started with a master plan; in fact, most of what's come after the first movie has been reverse-engineered. "Each one has been glued to the end of the last one in this complicated Tetris lineage," Whannell explained to the website Den of Geek recently. "You are operating within a box. You have a certain set of characters. You have audience expectations. Those audience expectations are the borders of your creative space. To find the areas of creativity within the lines of that box is where the difficulty lies."