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Insidious: The Last Key review

What looks like the final chapter in the Insidious saga arrives in cinemas - but is it a good January horror?

The original Insidious (2011) was a welcome return to indie horror form for director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell, who followed up their original breakthrough film, Saw, with a couple of misguided and forgettable excursions into major studio territory (anyone remember Dead Silence?). Insidious was intimate, original, a little insane and genuinely creepy; it established some of the stylistic and narrative devices that Wan would utilize for large-scale horror success with The Conjuring a couple of years later.

It was also a hit, which meant the 'we have a new horror franchise!' signs lit up at the offices of original backer Film District. So Insidious 2 came along in 2013, with Wan and Whannell taking up camera and pen again, but it proved to be an unnecessary, overplotted and often
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Leigh Whannell interview - Insidious: The Last Key

Matt Edwards Jan 12, 2018

As Insidious 4 heads into UK cinemas, we've been chatting to the writer behind the series...

For such a friendly guy, Leigh Whannell sure knows how to scare the living daylights out of you.

Whannell rose to prominence writing the twisted slaughterama Saw (which he also co-starred in) and, more recently, the spooktacular Insidious series (which, again, he also acts in). In between, Whanell also found the time to write Donnie Wahlberg starring puppet shocker Dead Silence and zombrat splatstick comedy Cooties (which he again acted in, this time stealing the entire movie with his performance as worrying weirdo Doug).

Having directed the third Insidious, Whannell is back to simply writing, producing and acting in the fourth film, Insidious: The Last Key (what a layabout!). Den Of Geek jumped at the chance to have a chat with him about the film back in November. Here’s how we got on.
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The Unpopular Opinion: ‘Dead Silence’ is One of James Wan’s Best Movies

The Unpopular Opinion: ‘Dead Silence’ is One of James Wan’s Best Movies
(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or TV show, or sets their sights on something seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: Dead Silence is the first true James Wan movie and an unfairly maligned gem.) It’s impossible to ignore James Wan’s impact on […]

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James Wan says The Conjuring was always planned as a shared universe, unlikely to direct The Conjuring 3

2013’s The Conjuring came out of nowhere and ended up being one of the best horror films in years, forever making people jump at the sound of hands clapping. The success of this film shouldn’t have been too much of a surprise though. After all, the film was directed by James Wan: The man responsible for Saw (the good one), Dead Silence, and Insidious. The man obviously knows his horror.

The Conjuring led way to an excellent sequel, and has spawned its own connected universe. First up was 2014’s Annabelle, based on the intensely creepy doll from The Conjuring. Sequel Annabelle: Creation is in theaters now, and doing quite well critically [read our review here]. Up next is The Nun from the Conjuring 2, followed by a visit from the (I swear it was claymation, but it actually was a real guy) Crooked Man.

Was a “Shared Universe” always in the cards for the Aquaman director?
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Like ‘Dead Silence’ and ‘Poltergeist’? Then You’ll Love ‘Making Contact’!

Like ‘Dead Silence’ and ‘Poltergeist’? Then You’ll Love ‘Making Contact’!
Not only was the 1985 Making Contact directed by Stargate, Godzilla, and Independence Day‘s Roland Emmerich, but it also carries heavy Et, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Poltergeist influences, while also having been a potential inspiration behind James Wan’s films, especially Dead Silence. Kino Lorber is releasing the 80’s classic, also known as Joey, on Blu-ray and DVD […]
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In Defense Of: “Dead Silence” (2007)

On the last In Defense Of entry, I turned the clock back to 2007 to take a look at the second of two films to come out that year from director James Wan, his vengeance-fuelled action drama Death Sentence. Putting aside his work on 2015’s Furious 7 and the upcoming Aquaman, Wan’s name has been synonymous with modern horror thanks to kicking off not one but three horror franchises in Saw, Insidious, and The Conjuring, and though Death Sentence was an attempt to try his hand at something different early in his career, 2007 also marked the year horror fans were given the chance to see what he could follow up the original Saw with in the form of Dead Silence.

As I discussed in my breakdown of Death Sentence, 2007 has essentially become the year we don’t speak of when discussing Wan’s career; thanks to the string of successes he’s had ever since,
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In Defense Of: “Death Sentence” (2007)

This article will contain spoilers for the film.

Ever since directing the original Saw back in 2004, James Wan’s career has only continued to skyrocket. Say what you will about the franchise that his debut spawned, but the original film – in all its low budget simplicity – was the work of someone with potential and, better yet, the talent to see that potential through. In the years since, his name has become synonymous with modern horror, spinning two further franchises into gold with Insidious and The Conjuring, and while he’s also helped guide Furious 7 through its troubled production and is helming next year’s Aquaman, fans of Wan will always look forward to seeing him return to his horror roots.

But while the director has seen success after success over the years, there’s one year in particular that always seems to get overlooked: 2007. It was then that Wan
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‘Prometheus’ Actor Logan Marshall-Green to Star in Sci-Fi Movie ‘Stem’

‘Prometheus’ Actor Logan Marshall-Green to Star in Sci-Fi Movie ‘Stem’
Prometheus” star Logan Marshall-Green is toplining in science-fiction movie “Stem” with Leigh Whannell directing from his own script.

Marshall-Green will portray a man in a near-future world who uses an experimental computer chip to avenge his wife’s murder and his own injury.

Production companies are Blumhouse in association with Goalpost Pictures Australia. The movie will shoot in Melbourne.

Whannell wrote “Saw,” “Dead Silence,” “Insidious” and “Insidious: Chapter 2.” He made his directorial debut on the 2015 “Insidious: Chapter 3.” The horror franchise’s fourth iteration opens Oct. 21, 2017.

Whannel was a producer or executive producer for all the “Saw” films.

Marshall-Green recently starred in Karyn Kusama’s horror-thriller “The Invitation” and he has been cast as a villain in Sony-Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” opposite Tom Holland and Michael Keaton.

Prometheus” was directed by Ridley Scott. Marshall-Green starred with Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba and Charlize Theron.

Blumhouse, headed
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A History of Horror told through our favourite horror movie monsters

Author: Jon Lyus

Today sees the release of David Sandberg’s Lights Out, a deliciously creepy horror film which uses our innate distrust of the dark to great effect. The star of the show is undoubtedly the creepy monster who lurks only in the shadows, and the filmmakers use some genuinely unsettling visual tricks to play havoc with our primal fears.

Lights Out Film Interview – David Sandberg & Lotta Losen

You can read our review of Lights Out here, we called it ‘a film that is likely to terrify anybody who stumbles across it, with several intense, nail-biting set-pieces that make for truly indelible cinema.’

Part of what makes a great horror movie is a tangible fear of the evil we are presented with. Looking back into the days of cinema past we see a succession of terrifying horror movie monsters on the big screen. Even now we are on the
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'Hairspray Live!': The Best, Worst and Weirdest Moments of NBC's Live Musical

'Hairspray Live!': The Best, Worst and Weirdest Moments of NBC's Live Musical
And with that, Hairspray Live! is officially over!

After months of preparation, the three-hour live event hit television sets, dazzling audiences with its impressive sets and star-studded cast -- but not every moment shined so brightly.

Here are the best, worst, and weirdest moments of NBC’s live show.

The Best

Garrett Clayton’s Solo Mannequin Challenge:

Garrett Clayton makes just as good of a mannequin as he does a Link Larkin. The former Disney star shined throughout the show, but we just can’t forget his amazing poses during “I Can Hear the Bells.” Why wasn’t he better utilized during the cast’s amazing mannequin challenge?!!

Watch: The 'Hairspray Live!' Cast Just Did the Most Epic Mannequin Challenge Ever

Seaweed and Little Sis:

We could not get enough of Ephraim Sykes and Shahadi Wright Joseph, who graciously volunteered their Broadway talents (Sykes starred in Hamilton, while Joseph’s already racked up an impressive
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Oprah Winfrey Just Threw Major Shade at Bff Gayle King Over Her Necklace

Oprah Winfrey Just Threw Major Shade at Bff Gayle King Over Her Necklace
It takes a special kind of friendship to be able to be brutally honest with one another. And after over 30 years of being BFFs, Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King have definitely reached that special milestone. In fact, Oprah openly gives Gayle her uncensored opinions on her fashion and beauty looks. And the latest Oprah quip might have just started the most epic fight of their friendship.

The CBS This Morning anchor wore a plain, emerald top on Tuesday and accessorized it with a blingy, oversize bib-style necklace — and let’s just say it did its job as being an eye-catching piece.
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Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare Multiplayer Hands-On Preview

I’m sure I’m not the only person to say this, but I’m going to go ahead and say it anyway; Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was a very special title for me as it is the game that got me into online multiplayer shooters. Cherished by many, Infinity Ward’s critically lauded shooter darling was arguably the shot in the arm the Fps genre needed back in 2007 and helped catapult the Call of Duty brand into the cultural phenomenon it has become today.

Fast-forward 9 years and the juggernaut series’ dizzying rollercoaster success story seems to be hitting a few bumps; most notably, that trailer. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s sci-fi reveal trailer received a record number of dislikes earlier this year, and rapidly became the second most disliked video on YouTube. It’s understandable, too, as there are a number of reasons why some fans,
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James Wan Helps ‘San Andreas’ Director Battle the ‘Malignant Man’

James Wan Helps ‘San Andreas’ Director Battle the ‘Malignant Man’
San AndreasBrad Peyton will direct Malignant Man, a sci-fi/action project being produced by horror icon James Wan (The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, Saw, Dead Silence, Fast 7, Insidious), reports Heat Vision. “The story focuses on Alex Gates, a patient dying of a terminal disease who is resigned to his fate … until he discovers that his […]
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Conjuring 2 – Review

Director James Wan clearly knows a thing or two about sequels. His The Conjuring 2 is not simply a remake of the first one but delivers a wealth of new scares, and despite a steep running time, it’s a worthy follow-up. Wan (Saw, Dead Silence, Insidious) delivers another adventure of those true-life Catholic P.I.s (Paranormal Investigators) Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga). This time they’re introduced in 1976 performing a séance at the original Amityville horror house on Long Island where Lorraine is terrorized by a demonic nun who haunts her dreams. The Conjuring 2 then shifts to England, where it focuses on the real-life “Enfield Poltergeist” case (the Brit version of Amityville). Peggy Hodgson (Frances O’Conner) a weary working-class single mother of four, has had her home turned into a playground for a host of demonic forces that may center on an
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Interview: James Wan on His Creative Process, Returning to Horror with The Conjuring 2 and His Approach to Aquaman

Ever since his first feature film, Saw, was unleashed on unsuspecting audiences at Sundance in 2004, James Wan has continued to leave an indelible mark on the world of modern horror, creating two successful franchises—the aforementioned Saw and Insidious—and crafting several other truly remarkable genre efforts along the way, including Dead Silence and Death Sentence.

This weekend, Wan is hoping for a franchise three-peat with The Conjuring 2, his stunning sequel to 2013’s highly successful supernatural tale about the work of Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) Warren, two paranormal investigators who tackled evil time and time again throughout their careers. The follow-up film takes the couple to Enfield, England, where they must help the Hodgson family deal with an entity that is relentlessly tormenting them, especially young Janet (Madison Wolfe), who has become a pawn for the angry spirit.

During the recent press day, Daily Dead had
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Review: The Conjuring 2 is a Confident and Thrilling Return to Horror for James Wan

There’s no denying that as far as modern filmmakers go, James Wan is in a class of his own. For over the last 12 years, he’s been the driving force behind numerous great horror films (I’m even a sucker for his criminally underrated Dead Silence), and he even rose to the gargantuan challenge that came with helming last year’s Furious 7. And before he dives into the world of Aquaman, Wan returns to his cinematic roots this summer with a special treat for horror fans: a thrilling sequel to The Conjuring that’s even better than its incredibly well-made predecessor and proves that character-driven genre stories are still the best way to scare the pants off audiences.

Simply put, The Conjuring 2 might very well be the best horror movie we’ve seen from James Wan yet, marking a confident return to horror for the director who
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Gorgasm and Dead Silence Come at you with Two of the Hardest to Find Sov movies of all time!

The Draculina “Gore” Trilogy is complete! Srs Cinema is excited to bring you two ultra-rare movies from the earliest days of shot on video motion pictures. First up, we have the missing piece to Hugh Gallagher’s Sov “Gore” trilogy, “Gorgasm”. Last year we released “Gorotica” and “Gore Whore” on limited edition Blu and VHS, which …

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James Wan Says the 'Aquaman' Movie Will Show the Badass Side of the DC Superhero

Thanks to the breakout success of the gritty shocker Saw in 2004, James Wan was immediately tagged as a filmmaker to watch. His next two movies, the atmospheric horror tale Dead Silence and the brutal thriller Death Sentence, may not have performed well at the box office, but they showed the increasing range of his talent. They also set the stage for a trio of intense and popular fright flicks from Wan: Insidious (2010), The Conjuring (2013) and Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013). After the popular success of those films, Wan took on the action blockbuster Furious 7 after director Justin Lin stepped away from the franchise. Wan guided the movie through its many challenges, including the unexpected death of Paul Walker, and Furious 7 was a giant success worldwide. The filmmaker...

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James Wan Says the 'Aquaman' Movie Will Show the Badass Side of the DC Superhero

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Thanks to the breakout success of the gritty shocker Saw in 2004, James Wan was immediately tagged as a filmmaker to watch. His next two movies, the atmospheric horror tale Dead Silence and the brutal thriller Death Sentence, may not have performed well at the box office, but they showed the increasing range of his talent. They also set the stage for a trio of intense and popular fright flicks from Wan: Insidious (2010), The Conjuring (2013) and Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013). After the popular...

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Jessie’s Saturday Night Fright Flick: 2007’s Dead Silence

Movie junkie Jessie Robbins picks a fright flick for a Saturday night. Rarely do I find a man who is kind, clean-shaven, sharply dressed, big mechanically blinking eyes, silent unless I tell him what to say and has a nicely separated jaw. Wait, no, that’s ventriloquist dummies. Hah! That would have been weird. Dummies get…

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