Insidious: The Red Door

Boring, bad, and dull - 2.5/10

by Jad Sammour

Yikes, what a dud… unsurprisingly so.

The next chapter in the Insidious franchise is a bankrupt addition that tries to tie in the first two films and create an emotionally resonant story about fathers and sons, while trying to conjure up a recycling of familiar monsters and beats. “Try” is a generous description as the film just gives cringe-worthy scenes with bad delivery and calls it a day, in between attempted scares.

The film never picks up its pace, it’s always boring with nothing interesting happening, lest for jumpscare setups which does get on your nerves and give you a sense of tension until Joseph Bishara cranks up the strings instruments and you’re annoyed more than “scared”. The film has a total of maybe 7 jumpscares and only the first three feel deserved because the rest become lazy, funny, and you’re annoyed at this point to even concentrate. The horrible dialogue and ok acting do not help at all. I’m just glad Sinclair Daniel was in the film because she made it tolerable, and she plays the reasonable sidekick who also serves as comic relief but the only character with an actual personality. Patrick Wilson does an ok job behind the camera for a debut.

I have to say that the film does reach a level of intrigue and watchability in the first hour during a few scenes where the story becomes a bit fresh and interesting which it could’ve been a saving grace if the filmmakers tapped into this potential.

I won’t waste my time talking about this film because wasting 1 hour and 47 minutes was already enough.

For the record the first insidious film is passable, the second put me to sleep, and I have not watched the rest – and I don’t think I ever will.


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