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‘Insidious’ is Getting a Fourth Chapter

Insidious Chapter 3 (image source: Focus Features)

Younger readers may think of The Conjuring when they hear James Wan‘s name, but before that he co-created SAW with Leigh Whannell, as well as Insidious. Yes, he’s behind three of the biggest horror franchises of all time.

After directing the sequel, he passed the baton to writing partner and actor Whannell, who directed the really fun Insidious: Chapter 3.

Whether you know it or not, it made over $100 million worldwide. That’s massive for the third film in a horror franchise. It also warrants another sequel.

The CinemaCon is off to the races in Vegas, where Sony was on hand promoting a bunch of their upcoming titles. One such tease is that Insidious will be getting a fourth chapter, presumably with Whannell back behind the camera (there is no actual information as of this writing).

Insidious: Chapter 3 was a prequel to Wan’s box office smash. During the press rounds, Whannell had teased that he’d like to explore the time between those films:

I haven’t really thought about it yet. But for the purposes of this interview, I’ll say that I’d like to explore the time between this film and the first film,” Whannell told We Got This Covered last year. “That whole area there where Elise has rediscovered her gift, I think you could have a lot of adventures before she arrives. So I think there is a lot of room there. We’ve kind of established Lin [Shaye] in this particular film as kind of this superhero, so that would be kind of interesting to explore in the other films.”

What do you guys think of the Insidious franchise? Where would you like to see it go? What do you think a sequel would be like?



  • Graham

    I’d be down for a sequel featuring Elise, Specs, and Tucker. I found the third one to be kind of meh, but I still have faith in the franchise.

  • Francesco Falciani

    i just hope it won’t be another prequel…the 3rd was lame enough. i know Wan won’t never come back for this 4th chapter but please…i hope they are brave enough to go ahead from chaper 2…the problem with prequels is that u already know the story so far.

  • Maxime C

    Insidious, The Conjuring… Lame. Boring, not scary, a shame to the genre. I still don’t understand.

    • Overton Green

      The Conjuring was ok and so was the first Insidious. Neither were very scary but they were great movies. I think there is a misconception that a horror film must be scary. That isn’t true at all.

      The only criteria for a horror film is that something horrifying happens. Everything that is horrifying isn’t scary. You can have one without the other. I have seen movies that were scary but were not horrifying and visa versa.

      Now I felt Insidious 2 had the same problems as Paranormal Activity 2. They both felt like retreads of the original and didn’t really do much for the franchise as a whole. Insidious 3 actually broke some new ground and felt fresh and not just more of the same.

      I have high hopes for The Conjuring 2.

      • Maxime C

        Yes, the first ones were…OK. Nothing more. And the fact that they keep doing those thinking they are good movies is a mystery to me.

        • Thrash13

          Insidious 3 did over $100 million worldwide, so there are plenty of people who disagree with you. You’re entitled to your opinion though, and I respect that.

          I wasn’t all that scared of any of the Insidious movies or The Conjuring, but Insidious 1 and 3 and The Conjuring were all damn good movies. I thought The Conjuring definitely lived up to the hype, and Insidious 3 was a huge surprise after a disappointing 2nd iteration.

          I’m definitely all for an Insidious 4!

          • Maxime C

            I Will not get into the Making Money = Great Movie thing…
            Yes it’s my opinion. And I do respect yours too.

    • Se_7_eN

      Completely agree… I really don’t understand the hype around James Wan and his stupid over the top supernatural jump scare movies.

      • Maxime C

        I don’t even think it’s over the top. Over the top would be entertaining. This is…blaaaah.

      • Simon Allen

        James Wan doesn’t make horror movies for people who are fans of horror movies .
        He makes horror movies for the kind of movie goer who steps out to see one or maybe two horror movies a year .
        Somehow he has managed to get the formula right for what these “occasional”
        horror viewers like .
        He’s a pretty skilful director in that sense but i think he is a master of style over content with the possible exception of The Conjuring which i think had a pretty great script and talented cast .

  • Creepshow

    I’d like to find out what the fuck the dog was barking at in the closing moments of #3. That shit was kinda freaky.

    • Jefferson D’Arcy

      You mean the demon from the first film? His appearance wasn’t all Darth Maul like it was originally, but that’s what the big reveal was. He’s a large part of the reason I enjoyed the first film.

      • Creepshow

        No. There was a white face or something in the corner of Elise’s bedroom. It had no visible features, it was just this white blur in the darkness. That is what the dog was barking at. I thought it might be her husband because his sweater was on the bed.

        • thiswillbeyou

          You mean the face of the old woman ghost? Because it was pretty obvious that it was her… get yo eyes checked son!

          • Creepshow

            It very well could have been, it was really dark. And my vision is 20/20 son. lol

        • Jefferson D’Arcy

          Oh that?! Yeah, I thought the same thing, that it was her husband.

      • THGrimm

        He’s been trying to reach Elise repeatedly in the end of all the sequels, why don’t they let him and her face off?

        • Jefferson D’Arcy

          I imagine they probably will. Supposedly, the next installment will explore the events between the prequel and the original film, focusing on Elise. And it makes all the sense in the world that the lipstick-faced demon would be the villain. I hope so anyway.

    • Dee-abolik

      I think Lassie is trying to tell us something!

      • Creepshow

        Yeah, Lassie is saying something….
        Don’t be drawn to the white face in the corner. Because you have an above average chance of getting “choked the hell out”!

  • pablitonizer

    I didn’t enjoy the 3rd one as I enjoyed the first 2 chapters, I think going for a prequel was a mistake. The ending of Chapter 2 was scary enough to make you wonder if the red demon was haunting this poor girl… now the whole mystery is lost

  • Halloween_Vic

    First film was really good, 2nd film I mean was whatever and the 3rd one to me was not scary at all and bored the hell out of me. They need to step it up with the 4th one and maybe take it away from family hauntings in houses and use a new location that’s scarier, dark and gives you a unsettling feeling. They need to step it up because now there just making them because of money which is no shocker but at least deliver something with quality.

  • Daniel Baldwin

    Personally, I would much rather it be a sequel to Chapter 2 and not another prequel. Give me Tucker, Specs, and ghost Elise solving cases together. It’s not that I don’t trust Whannell, but the worst aspects of Chapter 3 were the countless unnecessary nods to the first film. There was no good reason to have the Bride in Black or the Lipstick-Faced Demon in there at all, let alone as much as they were teased. I’m just afraid he’ll do that again if he makes another prequel. Look ahead with the story, not to the past.

    • Optimus_past_my_Prime

      Ghost Elise. That’s awesome.

      • Saturn

        Problem is though, if SHE is the ghost, who ya gonna call?

        • Optimus_past_my_Prime


    • Weresmurf

      Exactly! I’m sure Elise can be of more use as a ghost now than as a human.

  • Jake

    I rather see an Insidious that happens after Chapter 2. Is the Further the same for every family? Is it always a child that’s targeted? I don’t care about Lin, and it’s a bummer she’s what they think makes the film.

    • Bla Blah

      I assume that children are more connected to the spiritual world because they haven’t had time to be conditioned into the wahts real versus whats make believe thing.

  • TheSlitheryDee

    I love these movies. I’m cool with whichever direction they go as long as Wan and/or Whannell are behind it.

  • Weresmurf

    They set up a story to occur at the end of Chapter 2… why the hell not go on with that???

    • The D

      I agree with THIS ^^^

    • THGrimm

      Seriously! A great story was about to happen! Where is it??

  • DarkBree

    I liked the first and third chapters. The second looked too amateurish.

    • Saturn

      The second is definitely the weakest of the bunch.

  • Kirby4Ever

    As long as they bring back Lin Shaye and she continues to kick ass, this can take place in whatever timeline they please!

    • gabriel

      Yeah her and Barbara Hershey are smokin’ hot

  • Mr. Screamer

    I really liked the first two, and I absolutely LOVED the third. Lin Shaye is amazing.
    So excited for Chapter 4!

  • Simon Allen

    The first one was passable.
    The second one was laughable … something a bad film student would make.
    The third one was completely dreadful.
    The only reason to see them is Lin Shaye and she deserves better but i guess while they continue to make money , they will continue to make them .
    What a sad state mainstream horror is in .
    If they announce The Forest 2 i am going to kill myself .

    • Saturn

      The first was really good, but kinda lost it when it turned into Poltergeist.
      The second was disappointing, but had it’s moments, and quite cleverly linked to the original.
      The third? I actually quite enjoyed that one quite a bit. so I’m in for a fourth movie in the franchise.
      You are indeed correct about Lin Shaye though – she really is the stand-out in the movies, and I don’t think they can really continue without her – unless they decide to continue after the events of the original movie with the GhostFacers going out on new Scooby Doo adventures….

    • khail19

      there’s another movie coming out this year that has the same setting as the forest.

      • Simon Allen

        Goodbye cruel world 🙂

    • I highly doubt it if a FOREST sequel will happen,for I’d really like to see Lin Shaye take on Jacki Weaver’s HAUNT villain(who stirred up all of that film’s troubles) and give her a real severe asskicking,as well as follow that up by time travelling to SALEM and giving Mary Sibley an equally severe asskicking.

  • Sweet Reaper

    I’m really confused about how there isn’t an abundance of really well made, extremely scary horror films out there since there seems to be a TON of keyboard warriors that claim to know exactly how to make a great horror film and what it needs to be truly scary! If you guys know so much why are you on here hating on good movies that are already made instead of out making your perfect genre defining horror film.

    • Lirabelle

      I feel like the biggest hurdle in most horror fans brains is recognizing the fact that people find different things scary.

      • Sweet Reaper

        That’s 100% true, for me personally I think James Wan and Leigh Wannell know exactly to how to make a good scary movie, where you actual care about the characters and get some decent scares and the atmosphere is very creepy. Also the stories aren’t just thrown together. My proof is that these guys made the top 3 most popular and money making franchises ever. So they obviously know a thing or two.

    • stevek

      Well Reaper….you don’t have to be a NASA engineer, or build spaceships single-handedly, to know they fucked up a couple times. And…it’s just an opinion. CHill out and enjoy a different perspective!

  • SugarShane333

    Omg another one I would have never guessed such a thing. They’ve gotten progressively worse since the first hour of the original. Great first hour though.

  • David Nagle

    i had to say i thought the 3rd one was wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy better than the 2nd one ill look forward to another one 🙂

  • Crow

    I thought the first film was laughable but turning this into a franchise is mind numbling bad.

  • Sky Ferreira

    Please, god, no more.

    • As far as it goes with Hollywood,money talks(since INSIDIOUS 3 made money).

  • Richard Shiflett

    Rather have a sequel to 2.

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