‘Insidious: The Last Key’ Cast Talk About the Appeal of the Franchise, Creating Backstories & What Not to Do When Making a Horror Movie

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It’s a new year and we’re kicking off our year at the movies with a return to one of our favorite franchises.

Insidious: The Last Key reunites us with Elise Rainer (Lin Shaye) and her goofy-but-lovable sidekicks Specs (Leigh Whannell) & Tucker (Angus Sampson) as they take on one of their scariest missions yet. In the timeline of the Insidious movies, this fourth installment fits in between Insidious: Chapter 3 and Insidious yet its flashbacks take us even earlier in the timeline as we learn more about Elise’s childhood.

The film follows Elise who gets a call about about a haunting but this time, everything is different. The haunting is at Elise’s childhood home and now she must return there to face her past demons and family secrets.

I recently had the chance to sit down with Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell and director Adam Robitel to discuss the film. It turns out that Shaye had created a backstory in her own mind while making the past movies and it turned out to be a little different than what Whannell came up with for this movie. “I saw her originally as a loner. She didn’t have family particularly, she was an only child perhaps,” Shaye shared. “I actually have a little notebook where I wrote a bunch of stuff down, none of it corresponded.”

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When it comes to the appeal of the franchise, creator, writer and star Whannell he attributed it to the fact that people still love seeing horror movies in a group setting. “Hopefully they love going to the theater to scream but hopefully at this point they have an emotional connection to the characters.”

I also chatted with Robitel about his do’s and don’ts when making a horror film and much more. Check out the full interviews above.

Insidious: The Last Key opens in theaters January 5, 2018.