Updated: Sep 6
My quick rating - 5,6/10. Anticlimactic ending (that was my one comment at the end.) The "Insidious" franchise has long been a staple of the horror genre, captivating audiences with its chilling atmosphere and mind-bending journeys into the supernatural. With its latest installment director Patrick Wilson takes over for James Wan (producing) taking fans on a journey even deeper into the unsettling realm known as The Further. While the film maintains the franchise's signature suspense and scares, an unfortunately lackluster climax prevents it from reaching the heights of its predecessors. This one picks up with the familiar Lambert family, still haunted by their nightmarish experiences with the supernatural. Josh Lambert ( also Patrick Wilson) and his now college-aged son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) are once again thrust into the world of astral projection and malevolent entities. This time, the enigmatic Red Door serves as the gateway to their family's disturbing history, forcing them to confront their deepest fears and unravel the mysteries that have plagued them for years. As I expected, the film delivers its fair share of spine-tingling moments. The tension is masterfully built through the skillful use of shadows, eerie sound design, and sudden jolts of terror. The concept of the Red Door adds a fresh layer to the franchise's lore, promising new horrors and secrets lurking within The Further. The creative team successfully introduces a host of original and disturbing entities that will undoubtedly leave audiences squirming in their seats. Despite these strengths, "The Red Door" stumbles in its execution of the climax. After an engaging build-up filled with suspense and unsettling discoveries, the ultimate confrontation with the forces of evil falls flat. The resolution feels rushed and lacks the emotional punch that I have come to expect from the series. This leaves the film feeling somewhat incomplete and fails to provide a satisfying conclusion to the overarching narrative. Performances from the cast remain solid throughout, with Wilson reprising his role as Josh Lambert on top of being his directorial debut. Simpkins impresses as the older Dalton, effectively conveying the weight of his character's traumatic past. Lin Shaye's posthumous appearance as Elise Rainier, the franchise's spiritual guide, is a welcome touch that I was hoping would occur and bridge the gap between the new and old installments. In terms of visuals, the film excels in creating an unnerving atmosphere, seamlessly blending practical effects with CGI to bring the nightmarish creatures to life. The dark, shadowy aesthetics of The Further provide a surreal backdrop that enhances the overall sense of dread. Overall this flick manages to maintain the franchise's reputation for delivering quality horror, but it falls short of its predecessors due to a lackluster ending that fails to capitalize on the suspenseful build-up. While the film offers a few scares and a fresh twist on the franchise's mythos, it ultimately leaves audiences yearning for a more satisfying resolution.