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Insidious: The Red Door Review and Analysis – Didn’t Come Close to Fan’s Expectations

Insidious: The Red Door is finally out in theatres, and it didn’t match the expectations we had in a one-hour forty-seven minutes runtime. The fifth edition of the long-running franchise is more of a rundown of family drama rather than delivering a horror ride that we all deserved as the franchise ends.

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With a story by Leigh Whannel and Scott Teems, Insidious: The Red Door was released in theatres on July 6th. The film is the directorial venture of the film’s protagonist Patrick Wilson. Insidious: The Red Door casts Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Sinclair Daniel, Hiam Abbass, Andrew Astor, Juliana Davies, and other actors in prominent roles. 

IMDb ratings – 6.2/10

Popgeek rating – 5.5/10

Here is a detailed review and analysis of Insidious: The Red Door. So, without delay, let’s dive deep into what worked and what didn’t work for the horror-thriller film.

Insidious: The Red Door – Story Analysis

Insidious: The Red Door begins where we left off in Insidious 2. The film starts with Josh’s (Patrick Wilson) mother’s funeral scene. Renai (Rose Byrne) and Dalton Lambert (Ty Simpkins) are preparing to go to his art college, but things get strangely weird as he starts to get horrific visions from the “Further.” On the way to his new art school, Josh and Dalton get involved in an argument, revealing a family war that connects to their haunting past. 

Dalton gets a female roommate in college due to a clerical mistake. They both bond well, and she finds his company decent. In Dalton’s art class, he subconsciously draws the sketch of the Red Door from the “Further,” which calls for him and his father.

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From there starts Josh, Dalton’s, and Lambert’s family’s journey to put an end to this paranormal past once and for all. The story had a strong potential connecting from Insidious Part 1 and Part 2 but faltered in development.

Compared to previous Insidious movies, the story is regular and doesn’t contain surprising elements to intrigue the audience. Josh’s childhood connections and the “Red Door” story angle could have been explored more dramatically. Leigh Whannel and Scott Teems explored the emotional and family angle more, which compromised the storyline. 

It is when you realise the film is a regular horror film when there is all silence and darkness on the screen, and suddenly the ghost appears. Insidious: The Red Door has many such visuals, which dissatisfy us being the fan of the franchise since 2011.

Insidious: The Red Door Cast Performance Analysis

Starting from the veterans first, Patrick Wilson and Rose Bynre are just as perfect as Josh and Renai Lambert, respectively, justifying their casting from the very first installments. The highlight performance of the film is Ty Simpkins as Dalton Lambert, and the story is mostly centered on him.

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The kid is a grown-up and has added quality to the scenes with his conviction. Another stand-out performance is delivered by Sinclair Daniel, who plays Chris Winslow. Her character adds a newness to the story, which was indeed a good casting decision. The other supporting cast, too, put forth a decent performance.

Insidious: The Red Door – Direction, Cinematography, and Sound Design Analysis

Insidious: The Red Door is a decent directorial debut for Patrick Wilson. But, the comparison with previous films is evident, and that’s where Wilson couldn’t deliver. Wilson, Leigh Whannel, and Scott Teems tried their best to re-create the Insidious effect but faltered somewhere in the execution.


The cinematography of the film is top-notch to elevate the horror genre of the film. The scene setting, camera angles, and visuals do justice to scaring us out, and the film does have its moments of giving us goosebumps.

Insidious: The Red Door enjoys the ace blend of powerful sound design, a decent VFX, and apt production. Similar to previous installments of the franchise, the film does benefit from these aspects of filmmaking.

Insidious: The Red Door Fans Reviews and Reactions

Insidious is the fifth and last installment to the esteemed horror-thriller franchise. Fans had big expectations based on the previous four installments of the franchise. Here are some fan reviews on Insidious: The Red Door:-


  1. Is Insidious: The Red Door worth watching?
    Yes, Insidious: The Red Door is a one-time watch if you are the franchise’s fan and horror movie geek. The film does have its moments of giving us goosebumps.
  2. What is the runtime of Insidious: The Red Door?
    Insidious: The Red Door is a one-hour forty-seven minutes long film.
  3. What does the Red Door mean in Insidious?
    The Red Door is the gateway to the “Further.” The “Further” is the secret and different world where the ghost antagonist lives.

Did you see the film yet? If yes, tell us what you liked in Insidious: The Red Door most. Stay tuned for more such movie reviews and analyses.

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