A new TV spot for Blumhouse horror sequel Insidious: The Last Key has arrived, and it promises lots of demonic encounters for Elise (Lin Shaye). While Blumhouse Productions had a wonderful 2017 – thanks to hits like Get Out, Split, and Happy Death Day – director James Wan’s original 2011 Insidious film was one of the company’s first big successes, earning nearly $100 million on a $1.5 million budget. Insidious was one of the early signs that Blumhouse’s strategy of turning modestly budgeted horror movies into box office hits would be viable going forward.
That led to 2013 sequel Insidious: Chapter 2, which saw Wan return to direct, and stars Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne reprise their leading roles. While not quite as successful with genre critics, Insidious 2 once again cleaned up at the box office, hauling in $162 million on a budget of $5 million. 2015’s Insidious: Chapter 3 started to fell prey to the law of diminishing returns, earning even worse reviews from horror diehards, and not performing quite as well in theaters. Still, the threequel earned a healthy $112 million on a $10 million budget. That’s still a great return on investment, so now Blumhouse prepares to offer fans Insidious: The Last Key.
Continuing along from Insidious: Chapter 3, The Last Key is another prequel story to the first two films, with the plot centering on tortured psychic Elise Rainier. Elise was a supporting player to begin the franchise, but has now been fully cemented as the star. Blumhouse and distributor Universal Pictures have now released a new TV spot for The Last Key, which contains lots of shocks and scares. One could argue that it reveals too much actually, but fans are welcomed to watch it for themselves above and then judge whether that’s the case.
Taking over the directorial reigns for Insidious: The Last Key is Adam Robitel, helmer of the acclaimed indie horror offering The Taking of Deborah Logan. Returning to pen the script is Leigh Whannell, who co-created the franchise alongside Wan, and has written every entry. Whannell also directed Insidious: Chapter 3, and co-stars in the films as Specs, one of Elise’s assistants in her often harrowing supernatural investigations.
As Elise has made clear in all the promotional spots for The Last Key to arrive so far, the sequel ups the ante for her character this time out, tasking her with stopping a haunting taking place in the New Mexico house she grew up in. Naturally, this opens up plenty of old wounds of the personal variety. Also promised is more interaction with The Further, the Insidious franchise’s trademark spirit world.
Source: Universal Pictures
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