“Insidious: The Red Door” (Sony)

Patrick Wilson stars in a scene from the movie “Insidious: The Red Door.” The OSV News classification of the theatrical version was A-III -- adults. (OSV News photo/Boris Martin, Sony)

By OSV News

A decade after being hypnotized to erase the memories of the paranormal trauma they had suffered in this franchise’s 2011 kick-off, a father (Patrick Wilson, who also directed) and his now college-age son (Ty Simpkins) find that such artificially induced forgetfulness is not a permanent solution since their persistent demonic tormentors have returned and are trying to drag them back into the weird realm of spiritual captivity in which they had once both been trapped.

A feebly conveyed theme of family reconciliation fails to lend weight or interest to Wilson’s first outing at the helm nor are the frights very effective. The meandering plot includes scenes set in a freewheeling frat house that become the occasion for some distasteful bedroom humor while the various ghouls and living corpses the student encounters have a nasty habit of projectile vomiting black goo.

Occult material, gruesome images, sexual jokes and references, at least one use of profanity, a couple of milder oaths, a single rough term, numerous crude expressions. The OSV News classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association rating is PG-13 – parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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