KEY WORK

Di­rec­tor Adam Ro­bi­tel spills on In­sid­i­ous: The Last Key

SFX - - Red Alert - In­sid­i­ous: The Last Key is re­leased on 5 Jan­uary.

Things con­tinue to go bump in the night in fourth In­sid­i­ous movie, The Last Key.

“Elise Rainer is a su­per­hero,” sug­gests di­rec­tor Adam Ro­bi­tel. “She has this su­per­hero abil­ity wrapped in a sweet old lady form. It’s a fas­ci­nat­ing char­ac­ter.” He’s re­fer­ring to Lin Shaye’s de­mon-bustin’ clair­voy­ant and hero of the para­nor­mal jump-fest that is the In­sid­i­ous fran­chise. In new fourth in­stal­ment The Last Key, things take a per­sonal turn when Ro­bi­tel sends Elise on her most ter­ri­fy­ing case yet, one that will re­open old wounds and take her deeper into the ghostly realm of The Fur­ther.

“We pick up about a month or two after chap­ter three,” Ro­bi­tel tells Red Alert. “Elise gets a call from her home­town and her very dark past. She cer­tainly doesn’t want to take the call and go back to these pow­er­fully painful me­mories but of course she’s al­ways there to help, so against her bet­ter judge­ment she takes the job and heads back to New Mexico ul­ti­mately to help a man who’s be­ing haunted.”

With Elise re­luc­tantly re­turn­ing to her child­hood haunts, it’s not long be­fore she dis­cov­ers this new evil runs a lit­tle deeper than any­thing she’s pre­vi­ously en­coun­tered. “Her father was very abu­sive,” says Ro­bi­tel on Elise’s trou­bled past. “He was a cor­rec­tional of­fi­cer at a mas­sive prison and he was a God-fear­ing man. Elise ex­hib­ited gifts early in her life and those psy­chic abil­i­ties re­ally scared her father. At a very early age there was this rift.”

All this neg­a­tive en­ergy cer­tainly doesn’t go un­no­ticed by a new spirit that puts Elise’s su­per­nat­u­ral su­per­pow­ers to the test. “If the Lipstick De­mon and the Bride in Black are mi­nor demons, this is a major de­mon,” says Ro­bi­tel, stack­ing The Last Key’s threat against Elise’s pre­vi­ous ad­ver­saries. “It’s got abil­i­ties that some of the other en­ti­ties may not have

had,” he adds, be­fore hint­ing it may have also played a piv­otal role dur­ing Elise’s for­ma­tive years. “There’s an atroc­ity that this par­tic­u­lar de­mon com­mits and it’s re­ally the crys­talli­sa­tion of the Elise we know in the present. From rocky be­gin­nings comes this per­son who will spend the rest of her life help­ing oth­ers who are less for­tu­nate.”

To de­feat this new evil, Elise will have to once again delve into the haunted af­ter­life world of The Fur­ther. “We kept com­ing back to this idea of a prison, keys and locks,” says Ro­bi­tel of script­ing the movie with screen­writer and series cre­ator Leigh Whan­nell. “That be­came the idea be­hind this ver­sion of The Fur­ther. It’s a lit­tle deeper than we’ve gone be­fore and it’s a metaphor for limbo. We’re im­pris­oned by ideas, we’re im­pris­oned by our secret de­sires and we’re im­pris­oned by The Fur­ther. At its core, the movie is about self-ac­cep­tance and em­pow­er­ment, even in the face of a ha­tred from some­body who loves you.”

As for whether Elise will live to solve an­other case? “Well I couldn’t imag­ine an

In­sid­i­ous movie with­out Lin Shaye so I’ll just say that,” he smiles, “Lin’s char­ac­ter is so beloved that peo­ple just want to go on jour­neys with her – and death is not the end as we know it in the In­sid­i­ous movies...” Fingers crossed.

The new panto got up close and per­sonal.

“What bright and shiny teeth you have!”

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