It’s time to enter the further once more in Insidious The Red Door. This is actor Patrick Wilson’s directorial debut while starring in the film. Let’s take a deep dive in the fifth installment of the Insidious franchise.
It’s been 10 years since josh (Patrick Wilson) and Dalton (Ty Simpkins) Lambert were hypnotized to forget the further. Now, we learn that Josh is divorced from Renai (Rose Byrne) and is also dealing with memory loss that started a couple years after being hypnotized. This has hindered his relationship with his family making Dalton resentful towards him. We then segway to Dalton attending college as an art major. During move in day, he meets Chris Winslow (Sinclair Daniel) who will eventually be someone he confides in while dealing with the resurgence of old memories. Those memories come back during art class because he is asked to dig deep into his past and remember a dark time as an inspiration to paint about. This technique though undoes the hypnotism. That results with him drawing the red door. As he continues developing his drawing, he adds more pieces to the puzzle of what really happened 10 years ago. The only problem is that while his memories are coming back an old entity also returns to reclaim what they believe is rightfully theirs. Can Dalton take on this old nemesis, or will his father need to remember the past to protect him?
As I watched this film over the weekend, I experienced a lot of well-timed jump scares. The ominous cinematography, well-done acting, and great visual effects pulled you into the movie. The only problem I had with the film was the story. I think the story dragged a bit too long to get to the climax. Once it got there, the writers seemed to fumble it a bit. I thought the final act would be somewhat longer and scarier but won’t say anymore to give it away. I was disappointed by that because the buildup was well done. It wasn’t as juicy as the previous films, and it pains me to say that. I loved the first two Insidious films and I felt like this one was kind of an afterthought.
Overall, I would say save your money and wait till this comes out on demand. Then you can do a binge watch of the first two films capping it off with this one. I enjoyed the jump scares, and the acting was well done, but the climax didn’t satisfy my horror fanatic’s heart.
Rating: 3 out of 5