Taglines: Fear comes home.
The movie begins in 1953 with Elise in her childhood with her mother Audrey, brother Christian, and father Gerald in New Mexico. Gerald works as an executioner in a nearby prison. One night, moments after a prisoner is executed via electric chair, she begins to see paranormal things, including knowing the prisoner’s name, family, and crime.
Elise’s mother speaks with Elise, telling her that while her father doesn’t understand her gifts and is afraid, she can come to her for anything. As they go to sleep, her mother then gives Christian with a toy whistle and promises that any time he uses it that she will be there to protect him. They fall asleep that night and Elise hears an entity in the room, she attempts to talk to the spirit and tries to get it to come out. The spirit scares Elise and her brother, causing them to scream. Gerald comes storming in and tries to convince Elise to admit she didn’t see a ghost. Elise refuses and Gerald hits her, then throws her into the basement, leaving her in the dark.
While there, a demon through the red door tempts her in a child’s voice to open the door, directing her to a key hanging nearby. She picks up key to open it, and a hand with keys for fingers attaches the key to its’ thumb. The demon, Key Face, possesses Elise and causes the house to violently shake. Audrey goes to the basement to investigate and sees Elise shaking in front of a wall. A wire descends from the ceiling, strangling Audrey. Gerald finds his wife’s dead body as Elise is released from her possession. The older Elise wakes up from the nightmare.
Elise works as a paranormal investigator with her two colleagues, Specs and Tucker, taking clients via phone calls. She is called for help by Ted Garza, who has been experiencing paranormal activity since moving into his house. While on the phone he reveals that he is living in her childhood home. Hesitant at first, she explains to her colleagues what happened to her during her childhood, then deciding to accept the job in order to make things right.
While in New Mexico, Elise stays in her old home with Garza. He tells her that there have been a lot of paranormal incidents happening in the home, mostly in her old bedroom, which he has blockaded and refuses to enter. Elise does a walk through the home that night, using a night vision camera so the other can see what she does. While in her old room she stumbles across Christian’s whistle under their bed, which he had lost when he was six. She then also finds a set of keys in her room attached to her father’s old uniform and is led to the basement by mysterious sounds where a female ghost appears only visible to the crew. When she is about to touch the ghost she jumps her from behind, steals the whistle, and shouts “help her”.
Elise then informs them that she had seen the ghost before in her teenage years and tells the story of a day she and Christian were cleaning the floor. Elise had heard a noise and checks the laundry room where she saw the female ghost initially. Gerald appears, but doesn’t see the ghost. She pleads with him not to abuse her, and grabs his face, revealing to him that he suffers a heart attack and dies in the future. She then runs away from home and abandons Christian.
Elise is then seen with her colleagues in a cafe, when two women sit down beside her. Elise recognizes them are both Christian’s daughters, her nieces. Christian walks in and recognizes her, he immediately becomes upset and accuses her of lying and abandoning him with their father. Christian storms out, refusing to speak further with Elise. Elise then gives one of the daughters a picture of Christian’s whistle to give it to him and to tell him that she found it in their old bedroom.
That night, while exploring the house, Elise and Tucker hear the whistle being blown from downstairs. The whistle leads Elise to the basement where she realizes that it’s coming from to behind a dead wall. Elise asks a series of questions and it is revealed to Elise that she’ll find what she is looking for behind the wall. Elise realizes that the wall is a door and rushes to her bedroom to get the keys.
When Elise opens the door, she finds a missing girl who is chained to the wall. Garza then storms in with a gun threatening them, under the influence of Key Face, and leaves to find Specs upstairs after locking them in. Specs then disarms Garza before Garza could kill him and pushes a bookcase over onto him, killing him instantly. The police arrive to rescue the girl and Elise is then brought in for questioning.
Insidious: The Last Key (also known as Insidious: Chapter 4) 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 terms of the series’s in-story chronology. It stars Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Spencer Locke, Caitlin Gerard, and Bruce Davison. It follows parapsychologist Elise Rainier as she investigates a haunting in her childhood home.
The film was released in the United States on January 5, 2018, by Universal Pictures. As of January 14, 2018, Insidious: The Last Key has grossed $65.7 million in the United States and Canada, and $90 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $155.7 million, against a production budget of $10 million.
In the United States and Canada Insidious: The Last Key was released alongside the wide expansion of Molly’s Game, and was projected to 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 debut to $29.3 million for the weekend, finishing second at the box office behind holdover Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and marking the second-highest opening of the series, behind Chapter 2.
Insidious: The Last Key (2018)
Directed by: Adam Robitel
Starring: Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Kirk Acevedo, Caitlin Gerard, Spencer Locke, Josh Stewart, Aleque Reid, Amanda Jaros, Ava Kolker, Marcus Henderson, Bruce Davison
Screenplay by: Leigh Whannell
Production Design by: Melanie Jones
Cinematography by: Toby Oliver
Film Editing by: Timothy Alverson
Costume Design by: Lisa Norcia
Set Decoration by: Sandra Skora
Art Direction by: Hunter Brown
Music by: Joseph Bishara
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for disturbing thematic content, violence and terror, and brief strong language.
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Release Date: January 5, 2018