‘Insidious: The Red Door’ Review: Some few effective jump scares but fails to terrify

Directed by Patrick Wilson

Having this as Patrick Wilson’s directorial debut, you’d know he had influences from his director in the previous Insidious movies and in the two Conjuring movies James Wan with some of the choices he had for Insidious: The Red Door.

It’s the type of film you would not say it’s bad but also would go too modest calling it a good one. Insidious: The Red Door is somewhat an unnecessary installment. But I wouldn’t say I wasn’t entertained or felt scared or startled with the jump scares while watching, it’s just that the story doesn’t seem that big visually and emotionally.

But there were moments that definitely had me covering my ears (for lesser effect from the sound effects). The jump scares aren’t new or clever but most were definitely effective. I saw the film twice already and both the audiences from the two screenings were having fun with the horror elements.

Insidious: The Red Door may not be as memorable as the first two films but it definitely is an experience especially watching it in the cinemas. Patrick Wilson directs the film decently. You understand what the scenes wants to express and he can pull off decent scares. Bringing back their father and son tandem with Ty Simpkins made me feel old (it has been more than a decade since the first film was released?). You can still feel the bond between the two, it’s just the tension and conflicts between their characters aren’t that big or deep to root for their mending.

I’m glad that the movie have invited the moviegoers back to the cinemas. I just hope it was better than this.


‘Insidious: The Red Door’ is now showing in cinemas nationwide from Columbia Pictures Philippines. Rated R-13 by the MTRCB.

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