Insidious: The Last Key

This fourth entry in the Blumhouse Productions horror franchise is so superior to the previous ones that it feels like something from a different series. Director Adam Robitel creates a tone unlike anything his predecessors generated; mournful yet warm, the movie engenders sympathy for the characters even as the action turns somber or gruesome. Lin Shaye returns as the series’ paranormal expert, revisiting the New Mexico home of her youth to conquer a demon that first appeared to her in childhood. Flashbacks reveal that she was abused by her father; as in Oculus (2013), another above-average Blumhouse release, supernatural horror serves to spotlight the real-life horror of domestic violence. With Leigh Whannell (who also scripted) and Bruce Davison.