Parents' Guide to

Insidious: The Last Key

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

So-so sequel has jump scares, compelling main character.

Movie PG-13 2018 103 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 17 parent reviews

age 16+

Not for kids!!!

I watched the first 3 insidious movies with my 10 year old. There are a few parts (like Elise getting strangled) that were a little mature but overall they were fine and she loved them. We had to turn off the last key about 40 minutes in because of the extremely graphic depictions of child abuse and kidnapping. A father beats his daughter and locks her in a dark basement. A man has a girl chained up in his basement then shoots himself in the head. This movie should have an R rating.

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Too much violence
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age 11+

One Of The Most Intense PG-13!! 11 or older

So I Let my 11 year old watch this and it was fine, I was worried about the abuse but it was brief, it is fine for a 11 year old if they have seen the 1st one which is worse than this one

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (17):
Kids say (18):

The fourth entry in this successful horror series is an example of diminishing returns; though the characters are still interesting, it's clear that less care and attention were given to this movie. Filmmakers James Wan (whose first Insidious was the best) and Leigh Whannell (a writer on the entire series and director of Insidious: Chapter 3) have hired a second-stringer, Adam Robitel, to helm Insidious: The Last Key, and it shows. Robitel gamely tries to follow the playbook and comes up with one or two great, spooky scenes -- including one in which Elise makes a startling discovery inside a tube-shaped air duct. But the director mostly relies on loud noises and jump scares.

He's not so great with the emotional scenes, either, including Elise's reunion with her long-lost brother, Christian (Bruce Davison), and Specs and Tucker's awkward flirting with Christian's teen daughters. The movie's theme of "family" doesn't quite click when all those scenes are awkward and soapy. Frankly, the best reason to see this is Shaye, a wonderful character actress who embodies sweetness and vulnerability and also has a weathered, fearless quality; now in her 70s, Shaye has come into her own only recently as a horror star. Insidious: The Last Key has finally elevated her to leading lady status, and that's exciting to see.

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