By: Hawk Ripjaw –
Insidious: The Last Key’s poster apparently features a demon with keys for fingers. I feel like that power would be both convenient and frustrating. For one, you’d always have your house key right B) at your fingertips. On the other hand, you’d have just 4 other keys for a couple, which would make everything else feel disappointingly archaic as you find you have more locked doors than you have keys to open them. Conveniently, this applies to life in general. If one of those fingers was for your car, would that be weird trying to drive with your pinkie shoved into the car’s steering column?
All the Money in the World
I feel like I bring this up every time I discuss Ridley Scott, but that dude is inconsistent as hell. He’s got his Blade Runner, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Alien, and Thelma & Louise, but he’s also got A Good Year, Alien: Covenant, The Counselor, and Exodus: Gods and Kings.
However: at age 80, he not only has a stronger work ethic than anyone else ten years on either side of him, he has a stronger worth ethic than most other working directors. Remember when Kevin Spacey’s career careened off a cliff like a flaming locomotive after multiple came forward with assault allegations? That was at the end of October. Shortly after, Ridley Scott stated that Spacey and his seventeen pounds of makeup to turn him into Getty were terminated from the finished film, to be replaced by original choice Christopher Plummer. The film was finished. It was ready to be released. Yet Scott still fired that ass, hired Plummer, and intended to stay on track for the planned release date. Less than two weeks later, Plummer’s reshoots were done and the new trailers were out. That is getting shit done. Regardless of how good the movie is, it’s hard not to respect that. Luckily, it looks really good.
If my calculations are correct I believe we’re about due for one of Scott’s good ones.
And that is one sweet instrumental rendition of Kanye Wests’s “Power.”
Insidious: The Last Key
I remember several years ago when I was living in a different town, the local Carmike Cinema had, in their decrepit 90s-era mall-ass box office, tens of 11×17 Insidious posters covered the wall, and I hated, hated, hated the marketing campaign. Remember that bizarre “Insidious Is Insidious” shit?
I can’t even find the poster, but I promise you the phrase was stamped all over that bad boy. Like this trailer, but even more irritating:
But that movie turned out to be one of the most energetic and exciting chillers in recent memory. It was playfully cruel, with a number of clever, effective scares that were campy, yet frightening enough to not feel toothless. The last act’s attempt at world-building was suspenseful, though ultimately felt like extra baggage on a lean movie. Unfortunately, the Further has been seeing increased focus with each Insidious sequel, with diminishing returns on the overall sense of dread and funhouse novelty of the original, but still the occasional pretty great scare. One of the biggest moments of the new one is the Key Fingers Demon Man….turning off a girl’s voice by locking her throat? I think? What the hell are these movies even about anymore?
I’m very sad at my lack of enthusiasm for this sequel to a horror film that had a big part in pioneering the current era of supernatural horror films, but for a series built on uniquely unsettling visual imagery, it’s just getting too boring to even be worthwhile.