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The Red Door & The Lambert Legacy

Insidious: The Red Door takes place a decade after the events of Insidious: Chapter 2. Josh Lambert is accompanying his son Dalton as he enrolls at an esteemed Ivy League university. However, it isn’t long before familiar demons from Dalton’s past start to torment him once again. In order to put an end to the ongoing nightmare, Josh and Dalton must confront their demons in The Further, a realm beyond our own.

In a surprising turn of events, Patrick Wilson steps into the director’s chair for the first time in Insidious: The Red Door. The script is penned by Scott Teems, while James Wan, Jason Blum, and Leigh Whannell serve as producers. The film boasts a talented ensemble cast led by Wilson, Ty Simpkins, Rose Byrne, Andrew Astor, and Lin Shaye, who reprise their roles from previous installments. Additionally, Hiam Abbass, Sinclair Daniel, Peter Dager, and Jarquez McClendon join the cast, adding to the film’s stellar lineup.

Screen Rant had the opportunity to speak with Lin Shaye, who portrays Elise in the Insidious franchise, about her return in Insidious: The Red Door. During the interview, Shaye reflects on the potential conclusion of the Lambert story and shares her ideas for exploring new narratives centered around Elise, including her nieces Melissa and Imogen.

When asked about how she would handle a haunting scenario, Shaye expresses her confidence in Elise’s ability to guide her through any situation. As for the potential ending of the franchise or the Lambert story, Shaye believes that every story has a natural beginning, middle, and end. She acknowledges that sometimes it’s best to conclude a story, even if the world of Insidious continues to exist. Shaye praises the script and the overall story, expressing her satisfaction with the way the Lambert story arc concludes.

Shaye reveals that she has contemplated various ideas for Elise’s future in The Further and is eager to explore them further. The undefined nature of The Further allows for endless possibilities, and Shaye plans to collaborate with her son to develop these ideas. While she emphasizes the need for approval, Shaye envisions crafting compelling narratives that expand upon Elise’s experiences in The Further.

The interviewer mentions the potential return of Elise’s nieces, Melissa and Imogen, and how their storyline was left open-ended in a previous installment. Shaye admits that she, too, wondered about their fate and hopes to see them reappear alongside Elise in future stories. She playfully suggests that perhaps all the characters may find themselves in The Further at some point, highlighting the open-ended nature of the Insidious universe.

Lastly, the interviewer asks Shaye about the possibility of the Lambert family continuing Elise’s work. Shaye believes that Patrick, as the character who has experienced these supernatural realms, would be the most likely candidate to follow in Elise’s footsteps. However, she also acknowledges the potential for Ty, the younger son, to embark on his own paranormal adventures. With a solid foundation of storytelling, boundless imagination, and compelling characters, Shaye believes that the possibilities for future narratives are limitless.

Insidious: The Red Door delves into the haunting experiences of Dalton Lambert as he begins college. As his father drops him off, Dalton finds himself tormented once again by his past demons. To put an end to this endless cycle of hauntings, Josh and Dalton must confront their demons in The Further, hoping to find closure and bring an end to the nightmare. For more interviews on Insidious: The Red Door, visit Screen Rant.

Insidious: The Red Door is set ten years after the events of Insidious: Chapter 2. Josh Lambert is dropping Dalton off at an Ivy League university, but soon after, familiar demons from Dalton’s past begin to haunt him. In order to end the Lambert nightmare, Josh and Dalton will return to The Further and face their demons once more.


Patrick Wilson steps behind the camera in his directorial debut with Insidious: The Red Door. Scott Teems wrote the script, while James Wan, Jason Blum, and Leigh Whannel serve as producers. Insidious: The Red Door features a stacked cast led by Wilson, Ty Simpkins, Rose Byrne, Andrew Astor, and Lin Shaye reprising their roles, with Hiam Abbass, Sinclair Daniel, Peter Dager, and Jarquez McClendon joining the cast.

Related: Insidious: The Red Door Cast & Character Guide

Screen Rant spoke with Lin Shay about returning for Insidious: The Red Door. She discussed the Lamberts’ story seemingly coming to an end and also teased ideas she has for more stories centered on Elise in the Insidious franchise, including her nieces Melissa and Imogen.

Lin Shaye on Insidious: The Red Door

Lin Shaye looks scared on a video tape in Insidious The Red Door

Screen Rant: If I was ever in a haunting type of scenario, Elise is the person I would want right next to me, because I feel like she would be able to get me through every situation. What are your thoughts on the franchise seemingly coming to an end, or at least the Lambert story coming to an end?

Lin Shaye: I think everything has a beginning, middle and end, ultimately. I think sometimes, especially in storytelling, it’s enough already, as they say, because I know we’ve all seen shows that we went, “Oh my god, they’re still [going]?” There’s especially series that get like that, “Isn’t that over already? Is this done already?”

[Laughs] I think it’s very savvy to be a creator and know when it’s good to have an ending, and I think this was a really wonderful — it doesn’t mean the world of Insidious is necessarily over, but it does mean that particular story has a beginning, middle and end now, and I applaud it. I think it’s a wonderful script, and a wonderful story.

And that’s the thing, I love this Insidious franchise, I want to see it go on forever, but I do like the way that they wrapped up the Lambert story. Are there any stories with Elise that you wanted to explore further in this franchise?

Lin Shaye: Yeah, I have some ideas, I’ve thought about doing a little treatment with some thoughts I have about where she is in The Further, what she could be doing in The Further. It opens up your own imagination, and because The Further is not defined at all, except for there being fog on the floor, it’s sort of all we know for sure. [Laughs] So, I definitely have some thoughts that I really may put into action and do a lookbook or something with my son, we’ve talked about that. He’s a very savvy writer and creator. I wouldn’t do anything, obviously, without approval of any kind, but in terms of my own imagination, there’s some nice stories I can come up with.

I’m so happy you said that, because after The Last Keythe one thought I had was, “Will we see Elise’s nieces pop up again, Melissa and Imogen, because I feel like there’s a lot left to explore there.” So do you think that we could see them in the future pop up with Elise in said story?

Lin Shaye: I mean, that was something that always — it didn’t bother me, but I always wondered why they ended it like that if they weren’t going to continue on some other road with those same characters. I have no idea, it’s been a finicky franchise in that way where they’ve set up other characters that have come through different installments that we never see again, or that storyline never goes further, so — pardon the expression — maybe we’ll all end up in The Further. [Laughs] It’s possible, we’ve really created a true universe of people, so it’s sort of open-ended, totally, which is a beautiful way to create.

I absolutely love that answer because, like this movie, The Red Doorit takes place after Insidious 2. The question I have for you is do you think anybody in the Lambert family could follow in the footsteps of Elise and carry on kind of what she’s been doing?

Lin Shaye: Oh, maybe, sure! The Lambert family, we’ve got the two boys and Rose and Patrick. Probably Patrick would be the most likely candidate, because he’s visited these places. Ty, of course, is younger, and he could get into all kinds of stuff in college. There’s really endless storytelling, I think, when you have good story, imagination, and wonderful characters to work with, it’s limitless, so all of the above are possible.

About Insidious: The Red Door

Insidious The Red Door Patrick Wilson

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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