Insidious: The Red Door Release Date, Cast, And More

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By the time "Insidious: The Red Door" comes out, it will have been half a decade since the Adam Robitel-directed "Insidious: The Last Key" hit theaters, and a full decade since we last saw the Lambert family of "Insidious" and "Insidious: Chapter 2." Created by James Wan and Leigh Whannell, the "Insidious" franchise deals with unsettled spirits terrorizing the living, and the vast, purgatory-like dimension separating Heaven, Hell, and Earth, known as The Further. Production on the fifth installment of the "Insidious" franchise was announced last February, and  "Insidious: The Red Door" has since secured a release date.

The film also marks the directorial debut of series star and prolific actor Patrick Wilson. He spoke at BlumFest all the way back in 2020 about the project, saying he was "honored and thrilled to be at the helm of the next 'Insidious installment,' which will provide an amazing chance to unpack everything the Lamberts went through a decade ago, as well as deal with the consequences of their choices." He called directing the film a "full-circle moment," and ended his announcement by saying, "into The Further we go." With "Insidious: Chapter 3" and "Insidious: The Last Key" serving as prequels to the events of the Lambert family hauntings, this will be a direct continuation of the first and second films. Here's everything you need to know, and more.

Insidious: The Red Door release date and where you can watch it

"Insidious: The Red Door" is hopping into the spot originally reserved for "Madame Web," and will hit theaters on July 7, 2023. During the 2020 BlumFest announcement, producer Jason Blum said, "One of the primary reasons the interest and appetite from fans has lasted for 'Insidious' is because the people involved in the first film have stayed involved and kept it vital, interesting, and good." He continued by saying, "I'm so grateful to our collaborators on the franchise."

What Insidious: The Red Door will be about

Previously announced as "Insidious: Fear the Dark," little has been made public regarding the plot of "Insidious: The Red Door," but we do know that it will take place a decade after we last saw the Lambert family, focusing on Dalton Lambert's start at college. The pesky spirits of The Further love to utilize big life changes or emotional moments to find their way back into the lives of mortals, and Dalton starting college seems like the perfect opportunity to terrorize him once again. No word on whether or not "Insidious: The Red Door" will take place on a college campus or yet another unrealistically gigantic home the Lambert family surely couldn't afford on their salaries in real life, but it'll be interesting to see how Dalton responds to the spirits now that he's no longer a little kid. Will the Bride in Black make a return for Dalton and his father? Will the Lipstick-Face Demon come back with another haunting rendition of a Tiny Tim song? Only time will tell.

The cast of Insidious: The Red Door

Along with his directorial duties, Patrick Wilson is returning to again play Josh Lambert. Ty Simpkins who originated the role of Dalton Lambert will return as well. Sadly, Lin Shaye who has played Elise Rainier in the previous four installments will not be returning, but Rose Byrne who played Renai Lambert in "Insidious" and "Insidious: Chapter 2" will be reprising her role, as will Andrew Astor as Foster Lambert. 

Additionally, Peter Dager ("Who Invited Charlie?"), Jarquez McClendon ("Angel Has Fallen"), Sinclair Daniel ("The Last Black Girl"), and Hiam Abbass ("Hellraiser") are set to appear in the film in undisclosed roles, but there's been no word on who will play younger sister Cali. With Dalton away at college, it would make sense why we wouldn't see the two, but with Cali being a baby in the first two films, it would be nice to see how she's grown up with her first years on this planet having been shaped by malicious supernatural entities.

The creative team behind Insidious: The Red Door

The script for "Insidious: The Red Door" comes from Scott Teems ("The Quarry," "Firestarter," "Halloween Kills"), with franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell ("Saw," "Upgrade," "The Invisible Man") given a story by credit on the film. However, there's no word on whether or not he or Angus Sampson will return as Specs and Tucker, respectively. On August 22, 2022, director Patrick Wilson revealed that filming had wrapped, penning a lovely tribute to his cast and crew on Instagram.

"...lights out on our next installment of the 'Insidious' franchise," he wrote. "Second leg of the journey is done. Now on to post." He ended the statement by praising the long hours of his team and their support systems. "To my entire cast/crew ... THANK YOU ... for the drive, the passion, and the hours. And a big thanks to all the partners/spouses/families/friends who dealt with our wacky schedule."

Where to watch the previous Insidious films

The first two "Insidious" movies were written by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan. "Insidious: Chapter 3" was a prequel vehicle to highlight Lin Shaye's Elise Rainier character, and was written and directed by Whannell. The second prequel film, "Insidious: The Last Key," was directed by Adam Robitel ("The Taking of Deborah Logan," "Escape Room"), from a script again by Whannell.

"Insidious" and "Insidious: Chapter 2" are currently available to stream on HBO Max, while "Insidious: Chapter 3" and "Insidious: The Last Key" are only available through VOD rental services. Turn off the lights, grab some popcorn, and let the "Insidious" franchise scare you out of your skin in preparation for "Insidious: The Red Door."