Insidious: The Red Door – Movie Review

Insidious: The Red Door is now available on Digital and Blu-ray.

“Insidious: The Red Door” marks the return of the original cast. It is also the final chapter in the Lambert family’s spine-tingling journey into The Further. The film is directed by none other than Patrick Wilson. He has become a household name in the horror genre thanks to his roles in both the “Conjuring” and “Insidious” franchises. The Red Door offers an intriguing conclusion to a long-running saga.

For those like me who occasionally mix up the “Conjuring” and “Insidious” movies due to Patrick Wilson’s presence in both, “The Red Door” serves as a reminder of why we were drawn to the original “Insidious.” The first film introduced a fresh, unique take on horror, blending elements of the supernatural with psychological terror. While subsequent entries in the franchise struggled to maintain that initial spark, it’s comforting to see Wilson stepping into the director’s chair for his debut.

While “The Red Door” may not quite reach the heights of its predecessors, it still showcases Wilson’s promise as a director. The film leans more towards the supernatural than pure horror, which might disappoint those seeking intense scares. Instead, it delves deeper into the Lambert family’s dark past and hidden secrets, creating a more family drama-oriented narrative. The film’s weakness lies in its script, which fails to engage the audience fully. Despite solid performances from the cast, including Ty Simpkins and Rose Byrne, the story lacks the tension and terror that made the original so memorable. The scares are muted, and the film relies more on atmosphere and mystery than horror.


I give “Insidious: The Red Door” 3 out of 5 stars. It is a respectable attempt at concluding the Lambert family’s journey. However, it does not recapture the brilliance of the original film. Patrick Wilson’s directorial debut is worth noting. While it may not be the best installment in the franchise, it still offers a decent supernatural thriller with some compelling family drama. appreciating the effort to bring closure to a beloved horror saga.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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Sean Tajipour is the Founder and Editor of Nerdtropolis and the host of the Moviegoers Society Podcast. He is also a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @Seantaj.

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