One of the most reliably creepy horror franchises is about to launch its “terrifying conclusion” with Insidious: The Red Door on July 6 and if the new trailer is anything to go by, this final outing has lost none of that infamously unsettling edge that’s riveted audiences for over a decade.
While the last instalment in the long-running series—2018’s Insidious: The Last Key—shifted gears to follow parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier, this time we’re back on board with the original protagonists, the Lambert family. Focusing on father Josh (Patrick Wilson) and son Dalton (Ty Simpkins, who was just eight years old when he appeared in the 2010 original), the trailer teases a return to ‘The Further’, the dark and haunted dimension located between Earth, Heaven, and Hell that’s the last place you’d want to take a first date.
“It’s happening again,” insists Wilson’s Josh, clarifying, “Something is following us.” Hard pass. The trailer backs up these foreboding words with plenty of nightmarish imagery before delivering the money shot: the return of the Lipstick-Face Demon from the original film.
In addition to Wilson and Simpkins, Rose Byrne and Lin Shaye are back again, as is series mastermind Leigh Whannell to nail down a story that was then scripted by Scott Teems. Whannell does not direct this time around, making room for Wilson to take the reins in his directorial debut.
While this fifth instalment doesn’t appear to introduce anything particularly new to the franchise, the Insidious films have always been about proving how old-school horror filmmaking techniques can still deliver the bone-chilling goods for a modern audience. From the Bride in Black to KeyFace and the aforementioned Lipstick-Face Demon, the franchise has always managed to create moments that stick in the mind long after you’ve left the cinema.
Here’s hoping Insidious: The Red Door will continue that trend and leave us with a few sleepless nights once it lands on July 6. Check out the trailer above.