Insidious: The Red Door (Movie Review)

Consider this an extreme spoiler warning: the events of Insidious: The Red Door follows the events of 2010’s Insidious and is a direct sequel to 2013’s Insidious: Chapter 2 that led to where the saga takes place nine years later.

Insidious: The Red Door / Sony Pictures (2023)

Released on July 7, 2023, Insidious: The Red Door is the latest look into the Lambert family chronicles. A tale that started nearly a decade ago with Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson: Watchmen 2009, The A-Team 2010), Dalton Lambert (Ty Simpkins: Jurassic World 2015, The Whale 2022) and Renai Lambert (Rose Byrne: Knowing 2009, Spy 2015), the key cast return to reprise their roles as the Lambert family, and as stated, it is nine years after the events of Insidious: Chapter 2. As a direct sequel to the first two films in the series, it is important to mention that 2015’s Insidious: Chapter 3 and 2018’s Insidious: The Last Key are prequels to Insidious. In The Red Door, it is true-to-form telling of a story of a haunted family trying to move on with their lives nearly a decade after the events of Chapter 2.

The actors age in real-time with the characters they portray, it makes for a fascinating setup and segue into the latest episode of this very beloved franchise. As many know, this is a series that was begun by James Wan (Saw 2004, The Conjuring 2013), but now Patrick Wilson takes the reins as director for The Red Door. Doing a phenomenal job keeping it in line with the other films, he also does not miss a beat with the trademarked suspense, drama and scares of the Insidious world. Although it is toned down in the ‘branching off into new territory’ department, seeing as this may be the last we see of the Lamberts, it is not likely the last we have seen of the franchise itself.

Insidious: The Red Door / Sony Pictures (2023)

In The Red Door Dalton is now on his way to a liberal arts college; and this where the majority of the film takes place while Josh is dealing with being separated from his spouse due to the events of Chapter 2. In this he is using art as a gateway and rediscovering his powers of astral projection after having them and his memories (as well as Josh’s) of the previous horrors they had experienced completely wiped. That in mind, Dalton once again comes face to face with the ever present Red Face Demon that plagued the family in the previous installments.

A lot to follow, you will want to delve into this latest chapter after revisiting Insidious and Insidious: Chapter 2. That said, Insidious: The Red Door does not disappoint when it comes to its signature jump scares and plot that keeps you hooked. In fact, it is very much worth staying until the last second when a very beloved character appears as a symbol of peace and hope. Who might that be? You figure it out!

Insidious: The Red Door / Sony Pictures (2023)

All in all, Insidious: The Red Door is a well-rounded conclusion to the Lambert family story that pulls everything together and ties it off with a nice bow that leaves you excited to see what will come next in the Insidious universe. Welcoming Patrick Wilson to direct more in the future, and enjoying this latest installment, Cryptic Rock gives Insidious: The Red Door 4 out of 5 stars. 

Insidious: The Red Door / Sony Pictures (2023)

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