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A Few Words About A few words about...™ Insidious: The Last Key -- in Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, Apr 2, 2018.

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    Robert Harris

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    Insidious: The Last Key, the latest spawn of the James Wan Universe, is a fun little horror film, that works, especially when it comes to dollars.

    Horror films, have usually fallen into the lower budgetary areas, and Last Key, reportedly made for around ten million, made many multiples at the box office.

    One of the things that caught my attention in many sequences, was the use of old-fashioned scare tactics, which have gone out of favor in recent decades. Wes Craven may have been one of the early proponents of setting up shot, for which the audience is prepared for a horrific reveal -- only for it not to occur.

    Example: The audience is aware, but possibly not the actor, that someone is in the house, or whatever. They go into the kitchen, open a refrigerator door, which hides the background. It's the audience's expectation, through years of acclimation, that when that door is closed, on the other side, will be...

    And there isn't.

    The other ethic is to prepare the audience for that coming horror, trying to make out something in the dark recesses of shot, only to have a cat jump into frame.

    Not Last Key's director, Adam Robitel. He sets up his scare shots, and actually gives us the fright.

    The Last Key is a quality Blu-ray, from Universal, via Sony Home Video. I also loved the way the track was handled, making full used of the DTS-HD MA 5.1 proscenium, with full use of rear channels for some terrific effects.

    Shot with an Alexa mini, and released solely via DCP, the new Blu-ray is quality at every level.

    Image - 5

    Audio - 5 (DTS-HD MA 5.1)

    Pass / Fail - Pass

    Recommended

    RAH

     
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    I'm all-in for anything coming from the "James Wan universe". He's delivered time and time again and has directed/written/produced some of the best scary movies in recent years. He can also deliver action, as seen by (The Fast and the) Furious 7 which is the biggest film in the franchise. He is also directing/writing DC's upcoming Aquaman film, out in December.
     
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    It's nice to see Lin Shaye getting great roles like this.
     
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