Insidious: The Red Door, the fifth and final instalment of the Insidious franchise, brings back the beloved elements that fans would expect: the Lamberts, The Further, and expertly executed jump scares. Set a decade after the events of the second instalment, the film pays homage to the franchise and the horror genre.
The story revolves around Dalton Lambert (Ty Simpkins), the eldest son of the Lambert family, who has secured a place at an out-of-state Ivy League university. However, his excitement soon becomes a nightmare when the repressed demons from his past resurface to haunt him and his father, Josh (Patrick Wilson). The narrative follows Dalton and Josh as they confront their own demons, eventually intertwining their stories in a way only a horror film focusing on astral projection can deliver.
One aspect that garnered excitement was the directorial debut of Patrick Wilson, who also delivered a commendable performance as the perpetually tormented Josh Lambert. While he may not make James Wan nervous, Wilson proves his talent behind the camera, further establishing himself as a versatile artist.
Speaking of Wan, he was part of the formidable team of producers on the project alongside Jason Blum, Oren Peli, and Leigh Whannell. Adding writer Scott Teems solidifies the collaboration of a horror dream team known for consistently delivering exceptional work. And deliver they did. The Red Door doesn’t strive to be groundbreaking or extraordinary; instead, it focuses on providing a genuinely solid horror experience that stays true to the franchise’s roots. The film offers unique scares that leave an impact, and the storyline seamlessly integrates into the established universe.
Overall, Insidious: The Red Door is a credit to the Insidious franchise, serving as a satisfying conclusion to its series. Fans can rely on the film to deliver an enjoyable and fitting farewell, ensuring that the franchise’s legacy will continue to linger in horror. Horror Fans, get down to your cinema, get comfortable and get ready to shudder.