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Patrick Wilson On Stepping Behind The Camera For Insidious: The Red Door

The Lambert family finds themselves unable to escape the lingering presence of The Further, even a decade after the unsettling events of Insidious: Chapter 2. In Insidious: The Red Door, Dalton Lambert embarks on his journey to college. However, as his father leaves him at the picturesque Ivy League university, the familiar nightmare resurfaces. Josh and his son must venture back into The Further in a desperate attempt to put an end to the haunting demons of their past once and for all.

Insidious: The Red Door features the return of Patrick Wilson, Ty Simpkins, Rose Byrne, Andrew Astor, and Lin Shaye, reprising their previous roles. Joining the cast are Hiam Abbass, Sinclair Daniel, Peter Dager, and Jarquez McClendon. Notably, Patrick Wilson takes on the role of director for the first time, with a screenplay penned by Scott Teems. James Wan, Jason Blum, and Leigh Whannell serve as producers for Insidious: The Red Door.

In an interview with Screen Rant, Patrick Wilson discusses his experience working on Insidious: The Red Door. He reflects on his collaboration with James Wan over the years, highlighting the importance of character development before delving into the horror elements. Wilson also emphasizes the freedom and trust he received from Wan to make the film his own, while still honoring the franchise.

Wilson expresses his excitement for the return of the Lambert family in the Insidious series. He praises Ty Simpkins’ performance as a tortured soul, acknowledging the growth he has witnessed in the young actor since their previous collaboration in 2006’s “Little Children.” Wilson commends Simpkins’ willingness to explore uncomfortable territories and deliver a captivating and emotional performance.

The events of The Red Door take place immediately after Insidious 2, with a significant time jump of ten years. Wilson discusses the impact of the previous films on the Lambert family and how they have been coping with the aftermath of the traumatic experiences. He emphasizes the importance of addressing the family’s struggles and secrets, and how these elements influenced the direction of the film.

Insidious: The Red Door aims to incorporate the familiar techniques and atmosphere of the previous films while adapting to the expectations of a modern audience. Wilson mentions the influence of recent popular shows like “Stranger Things” and the changing cultural landscape on the storytelling approach. He wanted to explore how society and individuals confront their problems in the present day, offering a fresh perspective on the supernatural occurrences in the Insidious universe.

Insidious: The Red Door follows Dalton Lambert’s harrowing journey as he confronts his haunted past. To put an end to the cycle of hauntings, Josh and Dalton must once again venture into The Further, facing their deepest fears and darkest demons. Stay tuned for more updates on Insidious: The Red Door.

Source: Screen Rant

The Lambert family can’t escape The Further even ten years after the events of Insidious: Chapter 2 in Insidious: The Red Door. Dalton Lambert is on his way to college, but after his father drops him off at the picture-perfect Ivy League university, the familiar nightmare begins once more. Josh and his son must return to The Further to try and stop their past demons from haunting them once and for all.


Patrick Wilson, Ty Simpkins, Rose Byrne, Andrew Astor, and Lin Shaye reprise their past roles in Insidious: The Red Doorwith Hiam Abbass, Sinclair Daniel, Peter Dager, and Jarquez McClendon joining the cast. Wilson also steps behind the camera for the first time as director, with a screenplay penned by Scott Teems. James Wan, Jason Blum, and Leigh Whannell serve as producers of Insidious: The Red Door. ​​​​

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Patrick Wilson spoke with Screen Rant about his new movie, Insidious: The Red Door. He discussed what he learned from collaborating with Wan for years, and how he applied it to his directorial debut. Wilson also teased how the Lambert family has been impacted by the events of Insidious and Insidious: Chapter 2 in the new movie, even ten years later.

Patrick Wilson on Insidious: The Red Door

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Screen Rant: Patrick, phenomenal job on this, I love the Insidious franchise, and you stepped right in and scared the s–t out of me. You’ve collaborated with James Wan on quite a few projects, and he’s the master of horror, building tension, and jumpscares. What did you learn from observing him that you were able to apply to Insidious: The Red Door?

Patrick Wilson: A couple of things, and they’re probably not even really related to horror. I think he takes such care of the characters before he puts them in trouble, so that makes the audience get invested in them. I could go through all of his movies and say that, but that, for me, is something that — you know, you fight for the scenes that are character development, that aren’t just, “Hey, let’s just hurry up and get to the scare,” so that I learned from him.

He also just kept telling me, “Make this yours,” not only just to give me confidence to do whatever I wanted to do, but because he knows how much I honor the franchise. But, also, every shot, every take that you use, every joke, every scare runs through my eyes of what I think is either cool, scary, funny, emotional. So, the more that I’m in touch with the movie that I want to make then the more truthful the movie will be, so that I certainly learned from him.

Insidious is my favorite horror franchise, and I liked that we’re back with the Lambert family. Ty Simpkins did a brilliant job at playing that tortured soul. You’ve seen him grow from back in 2006, you guys worked on Little Children together, you’ve been a cinematic dad for a long time, and you’ve seen him grow into a man, into a lead, in this film. Can you talk to me about the depths of his performance in this film?

Patrick Wilson: Yeah, I told him very early on when I wanted him to do this, I said, “Listen, this is going to be a great thing for you, I couldn’t imagine doing this without you. It’s going to be hard, I’m gonna push you,” and he was game for it. When you have a child actor, more than not, you’re just trying to kind of shoot around them or get them to say the line this way, or you’re trying to capture their personality, because oftentimes, as soon as you put dialogue in a kid’s mouth, it’s difficult to say.

It’s hard, it’s a skill, and he’s done a lot of work, but he’s never had a role like this. So, I was excited to push him into places that really made him uncomfortable, honestly, but I knew he was game for it. The first thing I said, “I hope you’re proud of your performance,” and he’d go, “[Disinterestedly] Oh, some of it.” But his performance, certainly in the laundry room sequence when he’s in the basement, it’s beautiful, and tortured, and wonderful. So, that makes me happy, because I think he really he lays it all out there, and I think that’s important, and it’s hard to do. But he’s got to have faith in me and himself, so I thought he did a great job.

The events of The Red Door take place after Insidious 2like right after Insidious 2but 10 years have kind of passed since we’ve seen the family. Can you talk to me about how the events of Insidious 1 and 2 have affected the family in the last 10 years?

Patrick Wilson: Sure, that’s exactly why I wanted to do the movie. In fact, that really wasn’t in the original concept, because it was more about Dalton going to college, and some other events in there. I said, “If I’m doing this movie, whether as an actor or director, I got to unpack the end of Insidious 2.” That family went through an incredible amount of trauma, regardless of who possessed who, you’re still watching your dad go crazy town in that film, and what would that do to the family.

And then, by the way, having your wife have to just bury that secret and we’ll see how that goes. So, you know that’s not going to work, it’s just not, that’s just not how life works. It was important to me to use those tools of the first two movies and some of the techniques and some of the humor, and some of the strangeness, and the quirkiness, and the pacing, and some of the look, but I wanted to really kind of punch it in the face a little bit and say this, “This is how we deal with this stuff in 2023.”

I thought it would be a really nice bookend and being able to use some of the footage of the second film, I kind of found my way in in that laundry room sequence, I saw some angles that I thought that could be a POV of Dalton, and then we just really kind of reverse engineered that whole structure, because the audience has grown too, right?

Stranger Things came out, things that use kind of The Further, The Upside Down, all these things that we did 15 years ago, right? So, audiences expect more now, too, and we’re in a different place. We’re in a different place as a country, as an audience, people, all that. So, I wanted to address that, and how we deal with problems now is maybe different than we would have, and I think that’s good, that’s healthy.

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Dalton Lambert is heading off to college, but after his father drops him off demons from his past begin to haunt him once again. To stop this nightmare Josh and Dalton will need to return to The Further and face their past demons hoping to end the cycle of hauntings once and for all.

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