The eerie winds of October may have left us, but in the hearts of horror lovers, the spooky season endures. One look at the Netflix top ten film charts globally, and you have your proof.
Horror enthusiasts on Netflix US have found their latest adrenaline fix. Insidious: The Red Door, the fifth instalment in the Insidious franchise, has climbed its way to the seventh spot on the streaming giant’s top ten films list.
Created by James Wan and Leigh Whannell, this marks Patrick Wilson’s directorial debut. The film boasts a screenplay by Scott Teems based on a story crafted by Leigh Whannell and Teems.
Returning to the series are familiar faces, including Ty Simpkins as Dalton Lambert, Patrick Wilson as Josh Lambert, and Rose Byrne as Renai Lambert. The film also introduces Sinclair Daniel and Hiam Abbass to the cast, adding fresh energy to the spine-chilling saga.
What is Insidious: The Red Door about?
The plot unfolds nine years after the haunting events of Insidious: Chapter 2. Josh Lambert’s memories of his terrifying ordeal in The Further have been suppressed. Divorced from Renai and grappling with strained personal relationships, he attempts to reconcile with his son Dalton. As the storyline weaves through family struggles and supernatural encounters, the narrative turns chilling with the revelation of a red door and the return of an evil spirit. But the payoff this time is more emotional than sinister.
Upon its theatrical release on July 7th, 2023, Insidious: The Red Door received a mixed reception from critics. However, its commercial success triumphed, grossing an impressive $189 million worldwide and claiming the title of the highest-grossing film in the Insidious franchise.
The film’s success raises the question: Why do horror movies like Insidious: The Red Door resonate so much with audiences despite relying on tired tropes? It could be the potent blend of the supernatural with the psychological, its nostalgia for the previous instalments, or simply an inane urge to live out our anxieties in more controlled ways.
Whether you’re a seasoned horror enthusiast or a casual viewer, you can tune in to watch this one to see if it induces the right kind of nightmares. So, dim the lights, grab your popcorn, and turn Netflix mode on.