Mumbai : The film ‘Insidious: The Red Door’ attempts to continue the offbeat story of the ‘Insidious’ franchise, which gained popularity for its departure from the usual tropes of horror movies. The atmosphere of the original film scared audiences and led to the creation of a successful franchise. However, the latest installment falls short of expectations.
Directed by Patrick Wilson in his directorial debut, ‘Insidious: The Red Door’ aims to bring the franchise to a fitting conclusion. The story revolves around the Lambert family, who possess the ability to leave their bodies and travel to the spirit world. The film takes place a decade after the events of the first film, with Josh, the father, trying to recover his memory while his grown son, Dalton, experiences strange occurrences.
When Dalton’s new roommate enters the picture, confusion ensues. As their friendship develops, Dalton’s teacher unknowingly opens a door through which otherworldly forces start re-entering Dalton’s life. Simultaneously, Josh delves into his parents’ past, discovering the truth about his father’s death. The collective fight against these illusory forces culminates in a climactic confrontation between father and son.
Unfortunately, ‘Insidious: The Red Door’ fails to provide the audience with a fresh and terrifying experience. The screenplay lacks the ability to keep viewers on the edge of their seats, and even the jump scares fall flat. The film does not induce fear or suspense, with audience members not even flinching or reacting in a typical horror movie fashion. This significant flaw rests with the film’s screenwriters.
Although Ty Simkins delivers a satisfactory performance as the elder Dalton, his acting skills prove insufficient to portray the complexities of his character. Patrick Wilson’s portrayal of Josh Lambert also fails to leave a lasting impression on the audience. However, Danielle Sinclair, playing Dalton’s friend, manages to capture attention with her witty dialogue delivery.
In conclusion, ‘Insidious: The Red Door’ is an average movie that lacks the ability to leave a lasting impact. It can be watched once, but it fails to provide the gripping horror experience expected from the franchise. Therefore, it receives a rating of 2 stars.