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‘Insidious: Chapter 4’ No Longer Being Released in 2017


Well this is a bummer.

Originally set for a Halloween release on October 20th, we’ve just learned that the Adam Robitel-directed Insidious: Chapter 4 has been bumped out of 2017 entirely. The fourth installment in the James Wan-launched franchise will now arrive on January 5, 2018. In its original October 20th spot? Blumhouse’s Half to Death, directed by Christopher Landon.

Lin Shaye reprises her role as parapsychologist Elise Rainier in Insidious: Chapter 4. The actress recently revealed that the film goes back to Elise’s beginnings, and will take place right after the events of Chapter 3. She explained further (no pun intended) in a chat with Daily Dead:

You meet Elise at a very different point in her life. It takes place right after the end of Chapter 3, when she walks off with Specs and Tucker and they’re starting their company, Spectral Sightings, and they are now living at her home. They’re like her two sons, her two bad sons.

So it starts out in a very jovial, happy place and then goes downhill from there. And downhill meaning uphill, though. It’s a fantastic story and it took me back into what made Elise who she is. You meet my family, my mother, my father—we go back to my hometown, which is in New Mexico. And so that’s where this takes place and her quest to find the bad guy that’s been haunting her. It’s a really wonderful story. I think the fans will really, really enjoy it. And it’s scary on levels they’re not going to expect.

Josh Stewart, Kirk Acevedo, Bruce Davison, Spencer Locke, Angus Sampson and Caitlin Gerard also star. The film was written by Leigh Whannell, who will return as the character Specs.



  • Poopsmith McUnty

    oh not a good sign

  • pablitonizer

    Llittle faith do they have in this one…

  • Luan Penna

    January?! That’s a terrible sign 🙁

  • Kaid Smith

    Not a huge surprise seeing January is the new October for horror. Also, I’m surprised they haven’t pushed Amityville back (again) yet.

    • Modok

      January isn’t for the good stuff. It’s more for underwhelming releases trying to capitalize on the post-holiday dead zone. Think of The Bye-Bye Man or the Forest.

      The real months for good horror are February and March. Examples: It Follows, The Witch, Get Out, etc.

      • Kaid Smith

        However, January doesn’t always guarantee awful movies. Split was acclaimed. Not to mention, I’m sure they are aware that with January being the dumping ground that they would make their budget back and then some. But October hasn’t really been a stomping ground for horror in recent memory. Also, I didn’t like the Witch. Lol.

        • Carlton Fisher

          Agreed. Guardians of the Galaxy showed that months that are often considered a dumping ground can turn a huge profit for a decent movie that’s offered as counter-programming. I think some of the studios are beginning to pick up on the fact that they don’t have to write any month off as a lost cause if they can come up with the right movie to plug into the slot.

      • Khy

        That’s a long standing cliché. Have there been bombs released in January? Yes, many of the OBVIOUS ones you named- but there have been quite a few hits released in that month as well over the past few years. Hits as far as box office goes at least. Critically is a different conversation.

        And I find it funny how you’re singing the praises of February and March when they were just as much of a dud of a month as January and had their shares of bombs as well- The Lazarus Effect, Dark Skies, Devil’s Due ect. See? Any one can play this game. An argument can be made that January-April are not a great period for horror films if we want to get technical- but there have been many horror films in the past 15 years that have broke that generalization.

  • Creepshow

    I don’t look at this as a big deal. It’s only a couple of months, and they are just swapping one Blumhouse production for another. Plus I think studios have already caught on that January is becoming a good time of year to release something halfway decent, when there is absolute trash in theaters.

  • DarkBree

    I really wanted to see this on Halloween, but I now will see it on my birthday.

  • Blood Boil

    Too bad this wasn’t bumped out of time and space all together. This is one of the top 5 worst horror franchises ever created.

    • Derrick Constantino

      Dumbest comment ever, thank you, I’ll correct you by saying top 5

    • lostboy408

      Are you sure about that? Because I’m fairly certain that Paranormal Activity deserves that top worst spot over Insidious hands down.

    • Horrible Day

      Insidious is far from a masterpiece but all 3 films so far have been entertaining even if they’re not overly original and ridden with cheap jumpscares

  • Biscoito18

    Damn, that’s a bad sign. I like this franchise, even the boring Chapter 2.

  • Grimphantom
  • Khy

    What is with every one talking about this is a horrible sign? Dramatic much? For the last 5 years or so January has been a STRONG month for most horror films. After the intense holidays and big holiday releases- most audiences are in the mood to start their new year with a bit of a scream. Hell, January in general is becoming a strong month for all films.
    Even if you want to debate that(I’m sure someone will love to tell me what a wrong bitch I am) then I still don’t see what’s so worrying about this. It’s only what, three months? Be worried if it gets pushed to October 2018 or 2019 and receive the Rings and Amityville: The Awakening treatment.

  • January – Garbage month

  • Beatnation

    How about continue after the ending of Part 2 and end the whole thing??

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