Director: Patrick Wilson
Cast: Ty Simpkins, Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne
Release Date: September 26, 2023
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 6/10
Disc Rating: 7/10
The original cast from the horror franchise is back for the final chapter of the Lambert family’s terrifying saga, with Patrick Wilson (also making his directorial debut), Ty Simpkins, Rose Byrne and Andrew Astor. To put their demons to rest once and for all, Josh and a college-aged Dalton must go deeper into The Further than ever before, facing their family’s dark past and a host of new and more horrifying terrors that lurk behind the door.
Please Note: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
‘Insidious: The Red Door’ rejoins the Lambert family nearly ten years after the events of the second film. Shortly after the death of Josh’s mother, he and a now college-aged Dalton begin experiencing mysterious flashes and broken memories as the terrifying events they suffered years prior begin fighting their way back into the consciousness of each. Initially believing these curious visions and broken pieces to be nothing more than imagination, Dalton soon begins to realize that there is much more going on as his college experience kicks off on a horrifying note, soon leading to him fighting to recall what it is his memory is trying to hide which will eventually lead to a new fight for survival once he again begins to embrace his traveling ways.
Directed this time around by Patrick Wilson (marking his directorial debut) from a screenplay written by Scott Teems (Halloween Kills) and a story by Leigh Whannell and Scott Teems, Wilson does a quite capable job at the helm of ‘Insidious: The Red Door’ capturing much of the tone and aura that the franchise is beloved for. The film’s cast includes Ty Simpkins (The Whale), Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring), Sinclair Daniel (TV’s The Other Black Girl), Hiam Abbass (TV’s Succession), Rose Byrne (TV’s Physical) and more with the majority offering decent or at least fitting performances for the most part in each of their respective roles.
‘Insidious: The Red Door’ reunites viewers with the Lambert family almost ten years after the events that concluded ‘Insidious: Chapter 2’ and the result is a decent enough film that often has its heart in the right place and tries to establish a fitting conclusion for the family with a new, yet largely unnecessary chapter in their saga. The new film takes a more psychological approach than its predecessors with far less notable frights or terrifying moments occurring throughout and explores the concept of loss and struggle within the lives of Josh and a now adult Dalton who are once again plagued by the terrors that were believed to be eradicated from their mind years prior.
Patrick Wilson takes on directing duties this time around in addition to reprising his role as Josh and he manages to bring the right vibe and overall tone to the latest installment, but unfortunately its lack of anything important or necessary to contribute to the family’s arc weighs it down at times and ends up making much of the film seem unnecessary or forced. Those who have been following the franchise since the beginning and are fans like myself will surely still want to make a point of checking this one out and should enjoy it quite a bit, especially if you don’t go in expecting anything groundbreaking or crucial to be added to their tale.
Overall, ‘Insidious: The Red Door’ is a decent and enjoyable new installment in the beloved horror franchise that continues the story of the Lambert family and serves up some intriguing concepts and a handful of creepy moments while also taking a more psychological look at the characters and their internal struggles, but largely fails to contribute anything truly important or notable to their story in the process. While it may not be one of the most noteworthy installments in the franchise as a whole, ‘Insidious: The Red Door’ is still definitely recommended for fans of the franchise who will surely want to give this potentially final chapter a chance and form your opinion, especially with the majority of the original cast returning this time around. At the very least this one should be worth your time and the price of a rental whenever you have the opportunity.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Insidious: The Red Door’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation with the film’s 2.39:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks tremendous as a whole and delivers a clean, richly detailed presentation from start to finish that never suffers from any noticeable troubles or glitches to be uncovered along the way. The video presentation shows great detail in clarity on everything from characters, backgrounds and the creepy, gloomy environments during the Further-focused moments, all nicely balanced by clean, deep black levels that hold up splendidly. Overall, this is a great high definition video presentation that looks very good every step of the way and should more than satisfy fans and newcomers alike.
The Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack serves up a crisp, clean and often quite aggressive audio presentation throughout. It repeatedly takes full advantage of all five available channels in order to send music, creepy effects and random noises along with plenty of other fitting tidbits throughout the various speakers at every reasonable opportunity, while never allowing any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or negatively affected in the process. Overall, this is a very solid 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack that makes a great complement to the film and shouldn’t have any trouble pleasing viewers.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Insidious: The Red Door’ includes a couple extras in the way of two brief Behind the Scenes Featurettes that include interviews/comments with the cast and crew, plus behind the scenes footage and more. The included Featurettes are ‘The Family: Past, Present and Further’ (running approximately 3 minutes in length) and ‘A Possessed Director’ (running approximately 5 minutes).
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Film Rating: 6/10
Disc Rating: 7/10
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