Opening in theaters on July 7th is ‘Insidious: The Red Door,’ which is fifth installment of the ‘Insidious’ franchise, and is a direct sequel to ‘Insidious: Chapter 2.’ The movie was written by Scott Teems and based on a story by series creator Leigh Whannell, while it also marks actor Patrick Wilson’s directorial debut, and was produced by Blumhouse Productions.
What is the plot of Talks ‘Insidious: The Red Door’?
In ‘Insidious: The Red Door,’ the horror franchise’s original cast returns for the final chapter of the Lambert family’s terrifying saga. To put their demons to rest once and for all, Josh (Patrick Wilson) and a college-aged Dalton (Ty Simpkins) must go deeper into The Further than ever before, facing their family’s dark past and a host of new and more horrifying terrors that lurk behind the red door.
Who is in the cast of ‘Insidious: The Red Door’?
‘Insidious: The Red Door’ stars Patrick Wilson (‘Watchmen,’ ‘Aquaman’) as Dalton Lambert, Ty Simpkins (‘Iron Man 3’) as Josh Lambert, Rose Byrne (‘Bridesmaids’) as Renai Lambert, Andrew Astor (‘The Hangover’) as Foster Lambert, Sinclair Daniel (‘I Love Ana’), Hiam Abbass (‘Blade Runner 2049’), and Lin Shaye (‘There’s Something About Mary’) as Elise Rainier.
Moviefone recently had the pleasure of speaking with actor and director Patrick Wilson about his work on ‘Insidious: The Red Door,’ making his directorial debut with this franchise, revisiting the Lambert’s story, and Dalton and Josh’s relationship now.
Moviefone: To begin with, can you talk about making your directorial debut with this particular film, and was it helpful to you that you were working within a franchise that you helped to create?
Patrick Wilson: Not only helpful but probably vital, because I needed to be surrounded by people that are very good at their job and have done this quite a bit. Nobody knows this space better than Blumhouse. Also, the track record that Blumhouse has working with first time directors that are from somewhere else in the business. I think of whether it’s Jordan Peele, or Joel Edgerton, there’s a lot of actors that have crossed over knowing the Blumhouse model and the creative freedom that they can give you, but surrounding yourself with a team of people who will help. Those people just happen to be good friends of mine that I’ve done many movies with. So I knew I was going to be protected.
MF: Can you talk about revisiting the Lamberts with this sequel and the themes that you wanted to explore as a director?
PW: Well, there were so many things about this that were going to be the first time. So I wanted to make sure that the themes that I was dealing with were something that I was passionate about and that I could keep focused. I’m a dad. I got two boys, so I wanted to do a movie about father-son relationship. I made him go to an art school. I went to a theater school. I understand what that’s like, as an artist, to kind of rip away who you are to get to the core of who you are as an artist. So that was an easy one that I felt like I had some experience with for sure. I’ve always been fascinated by artwork and the balance of light and dark just in life. So that was something that I wanted to explore. I just picked themes that I felt like I not had an authority on, but I knew I could tell a truthful story too. Then I just put it through the meat grinder of a horror movie with a domestic trauma built in, and here we are.
MF: Finally, can you talk about Dalton and Josh’s father and son relationship, and with everything they’ve been through, where is that relationship at when this new film begins?
PW: They’re broken and they don’t know why. I think that’s really the crux of it is you’re like, “Well, what happened? These guys were peas in a pod when he saved him in the first movie, and then Dalton went and saved him. So what happened?” Well, if you know the story, I really wanted to unpack the end of the second film, what that means for the trauma that that family went through. Even in a horror movie, you have to play this stuff real, like it’s real. The guy ran around the house trying (to kill them). We saw what he did. I don’t care who was possessed. It was me running around trying to harm these people. What does that do to a family? This is what it does. So you find these two that have been in their own fog for a certain amount of time, for years, and then they have to figure out why. Then as their relationship is really being fragmented, what brings them together? So that was really what I wanted to explore.
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‘Insidious: The Red Door’ is produced by Blumhouse Productions, Stage 6 Films, Screen Gems. The movie is scheduled to release in theaters on July 7th, 2023.