Insidious: The Red Door parents guide

Insidious: The Red Door Parent Guide

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Overall C-

Theaters: After painting a picture of an ominous red door, Dalton has troubling experiences that make it imperative for him and his father to recover their suppressed memories of a traumatic year.

Release date July 6, 2023

Violence C
Sexual Content B-
Profanity C-
Substance Use C

Why is Insidious: The Red Door rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Insidious: The Red Door PG-13 for violence, terror, frightening images, strong language and suggestive references

Run Time: 107 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Unable to cope with their experiences in Insidious: Chapter Two, Josh (Patrick Wilson) and his son, Dalton (Ty Simpkins) saw a hypnotist who suppressed their memories of the entire year. As far as the family is concerned, Dalton just had viral meningitis and spent the year in a coma. But ten years later, the consequences of erasing an entire year from one’s memory are impossible to ignore.

Josh hasn’t been able to focus on much of anything, and his faltering ability to parent effectively led to a divorce. Dalton, now 18, is off to college, where an art professor instructs him to create something from his deep subconscious – and he does. Dalton produces a painting of an ominous red door that seems oddly familiar…and dangerously compelling. Even his roommate, Chris (Sinclair Daniel), finds the picture a little eerie. Unfortunately for Dalton, Josh, and just about everybody else in the vicinity, a painting of this particular door is more than enough to allow it to open, and whatever is on the other side sure wants to get out. Lacking their memories of the Further, and separated by years of resentment following the divorce, Josh and Dalton have to figure out how they spent that missing year, and the sooner the better: Whatever is coming through the door is getting more and more dangerous.

I’ve only fallen asleep in theaters once, but Insidious: The Red Door caught me dozing off. Twice. On two separate occasions at different points in the film, the absence of anything happening on screen led to about a five second snooze. I wish I hadn’t woken up ‘til the movie was over, but I suppose since I was there in a professional capacity, it’s best I didn’t. This tedious film is a two-hour trawl through the muddy bottom of lazy, clichéd, and downright dull horror movie tropes, and it turns up nothing but muck.

Characters blandly stare into the middle distance for weird amounts of time, the dialogue will make you wish you didn’t speak English, and the acting is almost universally dreadful. Most damning for a horror movie, I’ve had scarier experiences riding the bus through the suburbs. In the interests of honesty, that may not be a universal opinion. That being said, for some reason, someone in the showing I attended brought their four-year-old, and he was handling the movie a lot better than the rowdy teenagers in the back, some of whom were practically crying at varying points in the story.

If you’ve ever seen any of the Insidious movies before, you will be able to unerringly predict all the scares. These films may be profitable, but they’re also painfully formulaic. There aren’t many content issues here aside from the carefully calibrated violence – the film is PG-13, after all – but a relatively low level of problematic content hardly qualifies as an endorsement. I can think of worse ways to spend the price of a movie ticket, but none spring readily to mind. If you think of any, try doing that instead. It may be disappointing, but it will probably still be better than this.

Directed by Patrick Wilson. Starring Patrick Wilson, Ty Simpkins, Sinclair Daniel. Running time: 107 minutes. Theatrical release July 6, 2023. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is Insidious: The Red Door rated PG-13? Insidious: The Red Door is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for violence, terror, frightening images, strong language and suggestive references

Violence: A person accidentally cuts his hand and some blood is seen. A character is seen threatening other characters with a hammer. A man is kicked in the groin. Several of the characters are dead, and are seen with certain amounts of decay and damage.
Sexual Content: There are a handful of non-graphic sexual references.
Profanity: There is one sexual expletive, and seven scatological curses and occasional use of mild profanities and terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: University students are seen drinking briefly at a frat party. There are references to and depictions of a fatal case of alcohol poisoning. 

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Insidious: The Red Door Parents' Guide

Do you have memories you would like to erase? Why? Are there other ways you can manage those painful or embarrassing memories? Do those unpleasant memories provide any benefits to you in terms of lessons learned or a greater sense of caution or empathy?

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Other entries in this franchise include Insidious, Insidious: Chapter Two, Insidious: Chapter Three, and Insidious: The Last Key. Creator and original director James Wan is also responsible for the remarkably similar Conjuring franchise, including films like The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation, Annabelle Comes Home, The Nun, and The Curse of La Llorona. If you want a better class of recent horror, try something like Evil Dead Riseor The Boogeyman.