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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

Insidious: The Red Door - An Uneven Yet Compelling Return to The Lambert's Tale

Updated: Aug 14, 2023

Rating: ★★★1/2☆ (3.5/5 stars)

Released 07-07-2023

Watched 07-09-2023

Reviewed 07-11-2023

Viewed in Theater - Using Cinemark Movie Club

"The Lamberts must go deeper into The Further than ever before to put their demons to rest once and for all."

"Insidious: The Red Door" marks the return of the Lambert family saga in the "Insidious" franchise. Directed by Patrick Wilson, this sequel to "Insidious: Chapter 2" brings the familiar Lambert family, headed by Josh (Patrick Wilson) and son Dalton (Ty Simpkins), back to the center of the horror stage.

The premise of the movie is fairly simple - Dalton's college dreams turn into a nightmare as the past demons return to haunt both father and son. The plot, similar to Chapter 1, unfolds slowly, which may test the patience of some viewers. However, for fans of the franchise, this slow-burn approach only enhances the suspense and delivers a good setup for what's to come.

Performance-wise, Patrick Wilson holds his own as Josh Lambert, with his signature quiet intensity. Ty Simpkins, returning as Dalton, does an adequate job, although the script doesn't always give him enough to work with. Lin Shaye as Elise and Rose Byrne as Renai Lambert provide solid supporting roles.

The standout, however, is Sinclair Daniel, who takes the role of Chris Winslow. Daniel delivers a nuanced performance, showing a great range of emotion and depth, which makes her character arguably the most compelling of the lot. It's clear that she is an asset to the movie and a talent to look forward to in future films.

On the downside, "Insidious: The Red Door" suffers from a slow story and some script issues that do not fully explore the potential of the story. Certain plot elements are predictable, and there's a sense of déjà vu; while I rate it higher than its predecessors, it is only a slight improvement.

However, the cinematography deserves mention. The director's expertise in leveraging low light scenarios, stark visuals, and sudden shifts in the frame creates a thoroughly chilling atmosphere, making "Insidious: The Red Door" visually appealing.

While only a slight improvement over the original, "Insidious: The Red Door" remains an engaging watch for fans of the series. The movie succeeds in being sufficiently scary and suspenseful, with an exceptional performance from Sinclair Daniel, making it worth the ticket price.


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