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Insidious: The Last Key Review – Finally We Learn Elise’s Backstory

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Starring Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Ava Kolker, Pierce Pope, Josh Stewart, Tessa Ferrer

Directed by Adam Robitel


Since the first Insidious movie came out in 2010—Wait… what? Eight years ago?!—the character of Dr. Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) has become one of the few iconic heroes in the genre. Usually our horror idols are the villains, from Norman Bates to Leatherface; but sometimes we just want to root for the good guys. And there’s no one who does more good than Elise. She’s a brilliant psychic, clairvoyant, and demonologist; but above and beyond all that, she’s a kind and gentle empath.

Elise genuinely feels the emotions of those haunted by evil entities and fights for them with all her might. Insidious: The Last Key is a prequel, in which we learn how Elise got to be the way she is. The story starts with Elise shortly before she goes to supernatural bat for the Lambert family (though having seen Insidious or any of the sequels isn’t necessary for enjoying Chapter Four). She’s just recently teamed up with her paranormal investigator partners, Specs (Leigh Whannell, who also wrote the screenplay) and Tucker (Angus Sampson); and their first case as a team is her own: the house of horrors where Elise grew up.

We’re transported back in time to meet young Elise (Ava Kolker); her brother, Christian (Pierce Pope); mother, Audrey (Tessa Ferrer); and dad, Gerald (Josh Stewart). Dad rules the household with a proverbial iron fist, and everyone cowers in his presence… except for a certain demon, accidentally conjured by Elise.

The demon, dubbed Key Face, is still there lurking in the derelict structure Elise once called home. When she and Specs and Tucker are hired to vanquish him, their kickoff case could be their last! (Spoiler: It ain’t.)

James Wan and Whannell created the Insidious world, and up until now one or the other has been at the helm. So here fans get a different—yet reverent—take from director Adam Robitel. Robitel started as an actor (you may remember him costarring with Shaye in the 2001 Maniacs horror-comedies) but really came into his own as a filmmaker with his critically-acclaimed directorial debut, The Taking of Deborah Logan. I’m no fan of found footage, but I really enjoyed that film. And this one. While Robitel’s style differs from Wan’s—there’s less suspense and more horror in The Last Key—the story still fits into the canon nicely.

The main actors already have their roles down, and so their chemistry is great. The comedic relief from Specs and Tucker is as expected, and it’s always a pleasure to spend time with Shaye. The newcomers to the franchise are all great; character actor Bruce Davison (remember him in 1971’s Willard?) is an especially welcome addition.

The movie looks grim and gritty thanks to production designer Melanie Jones (The Purge) and cinematographer Toby Oliver (Get Out). As ever, composer Joseph Bishara’s score evokes chills.

My only complaint about the movie is the demon, Key Face. He’s just not relatable. However, the premise is clever: Since the town Elise grew up in is called Five Keys, and the entity has five fingers on each that that end in keys that can open any door and lock away any soul.

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.

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Find out the origins of Elise Ranier’s unique supernatural gifts when she returns to her haunted family home in this emotional and gripping prequel.

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New Alien First-Person Shooter Video Game in the Works

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“Game over, man. Game over!”

I’m not one for playing video games but even I will have to check out this new first-person shooter set in the Alien universe currently in the works at FoxNext Games.

This new and untitled game is the first original Alien-inspired game since “Alien: Isolation” and Cold Iron Studios is developing the game after recently being acquired by Fox (and now Disney).

“Cold Iron Studios has amazing design, craftsmanship, and development talent that we are excited to welcome at FoxNext Games as we pursue our goal to build a multi-platform, multi-genre portfolio of great games,” said FoxNext Games president Aaron Loeb. “I am a personal fan of Cold Iron’s previous work and all of us at FoxNext Games are thrilled to be working with them as they create an action-packed persistent world, steeped in the mysteries of this beloved Alien universe.”

“We believe in FoxNext’s vision and we are thrilled about the opportunity to explore an amazing and rich universe,” said Cold Iron CEO Craig Zinkievich. “Our background in building online worlds and taking established franchises to the next level in interactive entertainment is a precise fit with our product roadmap ahead.”

How excited are you for a new Alien game? Let us know below!

A release date hasn’t been announced yet but we’ll let you know when we hear more!

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Poster Debut: Nicolas Pesce’s Piercing Starring Mia Wasikowska and Christopher Abbott

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One of the films that I’m most interested in hearing the feedback about during this year’s Sundance film festival is director Nicolas Pesce’s psychological horror-comedy Piercing.

Not only did Pesce’s last flick The Eyes of My Mother impress the hell out of me but his new film boasts a killer premise and cast including Mia Wasikowska (Stoker) and Christopher Abbott (It Comes at Night).

The movie will be premiering at Sundance this weekend and today we have the film’s poster to share with you guys. You can click on the poster to the right for a higher-res version.

After checking it out let us know what you think!

Piercing is based on the critically acclaimed cult novel by Ryu Murakami and directed by Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother) and stars Mia Wasikowska (Stoker) and Christopher Abbott (It Comes at Night).

The film hosts its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival Saturday, January 20th.

Synopsis:

Reed (Christopher Abbott) is going on a business trip. He kisses his wife and infant son goodbye, but in lieu of a suitcase filled with clothes, he’s packed a toothbrush and a murder kit. Everything is meticulously planned: check into a hotel and kill an unsuspecting victim. Only then will he rid himself of his devious impulses and continue to be a good husband and father. But Reed gets more than he bargained for with Jackie (Mia Wasikowska), an alluring call girl who arrives at his room. First, they relax and get in the mood, but when there’s an unexpected disruption, the balance of control begins to sway back and forth between the two. Is he seeing things? Who’s playing whom? Before the night is over, a feverish nightmare will unfold, and Reed and Jackie will seal their bond in blood.

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First Details on Eduardo Sanchez-Directed Supernatural Episode 13.13 – Devil’s Bargain

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The upcoming 13th episode of the 13th season of “Supernatural,” titled “Devil’s Bargain,” is notable for two reasons: (1) it’s directed by none other than Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project, Lovely Molly), and (2) it features a guest appearance by series star Jensen Ackles’ wife, Danneel Ackles (“One Tree Hill,” The Roommate).

The CW has released the official synopsis for the ep, which you’ll find below.

Are you still a fan of the show after all these years? Looking forward to seeing how Sanchez leaves his mark on the Winchesters? Sound off in the comments section or on social media!

“Supernatural” Episode 13.13 – “Devil’s Bargain” (airs 2/8/18)
Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles), and Castiel (Misha Collins) search for Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino), who, meanwhile, strikes an unlikely deal with a local faith healer named Sister Jo (guest star Danneel Ackles). Asmodeus (guest star Jeffrey Vincent Parise) inches closer to finding Jack (Alexander Calvert). Eduardo Sanchez directed the episode written by Eugenie Ross-Leming & Brad Buckner.

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