Insidious the Red Door Movie Horror Sequel Review

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Insidious: The Red Door takes place nine years after Insidious: Chapter 2. Meanwhile, the children have grown up, the Lamberts have annulment, and Josh’s mother, Lorraine, has died. We open on his committal. Josh (Patrick Wilson) has a strained relationship with his children, especially Dalton (Ty Simpkins), who starts art school at the beginning of the film. Dalton and Josh have no memory of their time in The Further, or even that something mystical happened. Dalton simply accepts that he was in a coma and Josh has had a “fuzzy brain” since then.

Josh and Dalton begin to feel the same astral projection and the same hauntings as in the first two films. With Josh, it seems to start with an MRI scan; with Dalton, his art teacher tells his students to “dig deeper” and, well, Dalton digs a little too deep. Separately, Josh and Dalton experience various monsters and ghosts, without any knowledge of their history as “travelers”.”

Insidious: The Red Door offers nothing new to the franchise. Neither Josh nor Dalton have new powers, they don’t see anything new or face new challenges. It’s basically the same story as the first two Insidious movies, except instead of not knowing what’s going on because it’s new, they don’t know what’s going on because they don’t remember it.

Patrick Wilson makes his directorial debut with this film. Frankly, I don’t think he’s destined to direct horror. Maybe it’s because it’s too easy to compare this film to the first two Insidious films, which were directed by horror legend James Wan. Wilson relies on quick cuts and close-ups, which made some scenes blurry — but not scary. There were no slow and calm moments that raised the tension to suffocating levels. Most of the scary jumps were punctuated by high-pitched noises on the soundtrack.

Overall, the scariest scene was the one where Josh is having an MRI, as seen in all the trailers. This scene had the rattling noise of the MRI plus the claustrophobia of the machine itself to make a good scare. Other than that, there were a lot of ghosts/ghouls/monsters, but none of them seemed very scary.

My favorite part of the movie was Sinclair Daniel’s accidental Chris — Dalton roommate and his new friend. She is weird and funny and offered a nice opposite to Dalton and his morose personality. She acts as a kind of replacement for Elise, Tucker and Specs, who are obviously not part of this film but who make appearances via YouTube videos. Chris does some research for Dalton, bringing him the videos, although Dalton doesn’t recognize any of them.

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