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Insidious: The Last Key also known as “ Insidious: Chapter 4,” “La noche del demonio: Capítulo 4,” “La noche del demonio: La última llave,” “Insidious: La última llave,” “Insidious: la dernière clé,” “Insidious: A Última Chave,” “Sobrenatural: A Última Chave,” “Astralna Podmuklost: Poglavlje 4,” “Astralna Podmuklost: Poslednji Ključ,” “Insidious: Az utolsó kulcs,” “Insidious: Ultima cheie,” “Naznaczony: ostatni klucz,” “Quy Quyet 4,” “Ruhlar Bölgesi 4,” “Παγιδευμένη ψυχή: Το τελευταίο κλειδί,” «Астрал 4: Последний ключ»

MPAA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPAA) for disturbing thematic content, violence and terror, and brief strong language.

Reviewed by: Pamela Karpelenia
CONTRIBUTOR

Extremely Offensive
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
• Adults
Genre:
Supernatural Horror Mystery Thriller
Length:
1 hr. 43 min.
Year of Release:
2018
USA Release:
January 5, 2018 (wide—3,116 theaters)
DVD: April 3, 2018
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Actress Lin Shaye as parapsychologist and demonologist Elise Rainier
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Relevant Issues
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So-called “DEMONOLOGISTS”—those who study demons (or beliefs about demons), and especially the methods used to summon and supposedly “control” them

“In ancient Babylon, DEMONOLOGY had an influence on even the most mundane elements of life, from petty annoyances to the emotions of love and hatred. The numerous demonic spirits were given charge over various parts of the human body, one for the head, one for the neck, and so on.”

What is PARAPSYCHOLOGY and what are supposed paranormal “gifts”? Study of paranormal and psychic phenomena which include reincarnation, apparitional experiences, telepathy, psychokinesis (movement of physical objects using the mind alone), precognition, clairvoyance, near-death experiences, and other paranormal claims. “It is identified as pseudoscience by a majority of mainstream scientists.”

What is the OCCULT? Answer

THE OCCULT—What does the Bible say about it? Answer

People who try to contact the dead / mediums / channeling… • What is a NECROMANCER? Answer
• What are SOOTHSAYERS? Answer

So-called modern “ghost hunters”

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Who is SATAN, the enemy of God and all people? Answer

Is Satan a real person that influences our world today? Is he affecting you? Answer

What are DEMONS? Answer

Devils and in the Bible

DEMON POSSESSSION and Influence—Can Christians be demon possessed? In what ways can Satan and his demons influence believers? Answer

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What does the Bible say about DEATH?

What is DEATH? and WHY does it exist? Answer in the Bible

What is the FINAL JUDGMENT? and WHAT do you need to know about it? Answer

What is ETERNAL LIFE? Answer

What is ETERNAL DEATH? Answer


NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES—Who is the being of light encountered in near-death experiences? Answer


Satan and his demons want people to believe false things about him and his demons—and he uses these deceptions to his advantage in misleading, tempting and even terrorizing humans

FEAR, Anxiety and Worry—What does the Bible say? Answer

AFRAID OF THE DARK—How can I help my child to trust in God’s care when she is afraid at night? Answer


Sin of abusing children

Hope for those who have an abusive parent

Paradise or Pain? Why is the world the way it is?
Why is the world the way it is? If God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and loving, would He really create a world like this? (filled with oppression, suffering, death and cruelty) Answer
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Issue of pain and suffering

Why does God allow innocent people to suffer? Answer

What about the issue of suffering? Doesn’t this prove that there is no God and that we are on our own? Answer

Does God feel our pain? Answer

ORIGIN OF BAD—How did bad things come about? Answer

Featuring: Lin Shaye … Elise Rainier
Leigh Whannell … Specs
Angus Sampson … Tucker
Kirk Acevedo … Ted Garza
Caitlin Gerard … Imogen Rainier
Spencer Locke … Melissa Rainier
Josh Stewart … Gerald Rainier
Tessa Ferrer … Audrey Rainier
Aleque Reid … Anna
Ava Kolker … Young Elise Rainier
Pierce Pope … Young Christian Rainier
Bruce Davison … Christian Rainier
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Director: Adam Robitel
Producer: Blumhouse Productions
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occultic, spiritually misleading, grotesque and potentially spiritually dangerous

“Insidious: The Last Key” is the fourth installment of the “Insidious” franchise, which serves as a prequel and a sequel. A sequel to the third film and a prequel to the first and second films. The film opens up with a flashback to a young Elise (one of the series’ protagonists—the woman killed in the first film). She is shown to be abused by her prison-warden father due to her “gift” of continually seeing ghosts and communicating with the dead. This flashback is quickly revealed to be a nightmare that a much older Elise is having. Elise is now a demonologist and parapsychologist who runs her business of combating spirits and demonic forces. She receives a call from someone who is living in the house that she grew up in as a child and is being haunted by its ghosts.

The film doesn’t have the classic horror vibe that the first two movies delivered. It comes off as more modern and rushed and not as painstakingly consistent as the first two films. The lead actress Lin Shaye (Elise) gives an adequate performance—nothing remarkable, but agreeable and true to the character established throughout the franchise. The remainder of the cast is very much as they were in the other films.

There is a plethora objectionable occultic content, starting with the film’s very unbiblical concept of ghosts and spirits lingering after death and the paranormal ability to communicate with the dead, the unrealistic depiction of demons and powers, and the depiction of communicating with demons as being a paranormal “gift.” Biblically-speaking, this movie is filled with dangerously wrong information. What is true is that a man or woman only physically dies once and then faces judgment.

Editor’s Note: Demons are real and active supernatural beings, but are depicted here in a way that is very misleading and potentially dangerous—creating irrational fear (a strong motivator frequently employed by Satan) and promoting so-called occultic paranormal psychic “powers” as something to be sought after as the solution to overcome fear, dangers and attacks—when nothing could be further from the truth. That path leads people into great trouble and deception, not away from it—just as our hateful Adversary desires. The world pictured by “Insidious” is godless.

MALEVOLENT SPIRITS—Where do these dangerous, hostile, and evil entities come from? Answer (Who are they? Why do they exist? An open letter to Wiccan and Spiritist believers from a former Spiritist)

What does the Bible say about SPIRITS/GHOSTS/FAMILIAR SPIRITS? Answer

Another unsettling part of the movie is when a character hands Elise a Bible and she ever so briefly scoffs at it. This revealing action sums up what’s wrong with the movie—very unbiblical principles, ideas and themes run rampant throughout the “Insidious” film universe.

There is very scary imagery throughout the film—dark creatures and beings with great strength that cause harm to humans. A young girl is shown being possessed, and a girl is shown being beaten by her father. Such dark themes are throughout the film, and are hard to shake after leaving the theater and are unfortunately devoid of what most are looking for in a horror film.

I consider myself a fan of the franchise because of the vintage horror angle. However, this film is very dark, and the subject matter is truly not for Christian viewing. It takes wholly unbiblical concepts and attempts to manifest them as a working reality in this sinful world.

  • Violence: Very Heavy to Extreme
  • Profane language: Moderate—“Oh my G*d” (2), “My G*d” (1), “G*d” (1), “h*ll” (1)
  • Vulgar/Crude language: Heavy—“f**king” (1), “son of a…” (not finished)
  • Nudity: Mild— • captive woman only wears a slip • young women with low cut tops • female spirits with wispy coverings
  • Sex: Moderate— • guys ogle young women • a kiss

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Secular Movie Critics
…“The Last Key” makes very little sense… the nature of the haunting, and director Adam Robitel’s questionable handle on the tone gives the impression of a film that was shot blindly, literally as each page of the script was printed out…
Emily Yahr, Vulture
…the setups to the scares are so predictable, the question is never if a demon will appear in a particular frame, but simply how many seconds the shot will be held until it does… wildly uneven, confused and confusing…
Andrew Barker, Variety
…“Insidious: The Last Key” may be somewhat engaging but it’s also sloppy and doesn’t amount to much. …
William Bibbiani, IGN
…lazy and sometimes even loathsome…
Henry Stewart, Slant
…Really, don't even bother to see this third sequel in theaters unless you really, really want to. …[2½/4]
Simon Abrams, RogerEbert.com
…The latest entry in the wearying supernatural series squanders its intriguing protagonist (a 74-year-old woman) and instead, regurgitates familiar tropes…
Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian (UK)