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.