Insidious (film series)

Insidious is a series of American horror films created by James Wan and Leigh Whannell. There are four films in the franchise—Insidious (2010), Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013), Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015), and Insidious: The Last Key (2018)—which have grossed a total of $539 million worldwide on a combined budget of $26.5 million.

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On-screen logo for all of the four films released
Directed byJames Wan (1–2)
Leigh Whannell (3)
Adam Robitel (4)
Patrick Wilson (5)
Produced byJason Blum (1–5)
Steven Schneider (1)
Oren Peli (1–4)
James Wan (3–4)
Leigh Whannell (4)
Written byLeigh Whannell (1–4)
Scott Teems (5)
Music byJoseph Bishara (1–5)
CinematographyDavid M. Brewer (1)
John R. Leonetti (1–2)
Brian Pearson (3)
Toby Oliver (4)
Edited byJames Wan (1)
Kirk Morri (1–2)
Timothy Alverson (3–4)
Distributed byFilmDistrict (1–2)
Focus Features (3)
Universal Pictures (4)
Sony Pictures Releasing (all films)
Release date
Running time
Total (4 films):
409 minutes
CountryUnited States
BudgetTotal (4 films):
$26.5 million
Box officeTotal (4 films):
$539.4 million

The first two films were directed by Wan, the third by Whannell, who also served as the screenwriter for all four films. Adam Robitel directed the fourth installment. FilmDistrict released the first and second films, while Focus Features and Universal Pictures handled the third and fourth, respectively.

The first two films center on a couple who, after their son mysteriously enters a comatose state and becomes a vessel for ghosts in an astral plane, are continuously haunted by demons of a hellish realm known as the Further until they take from the family what they want most: life. The third film, a prequel, focuses on the same psychic who helped the family; this time she comes to the aid of a young girl who calls out to the dead, and the fourth follows her when her own family becomes haunted. All plots are depicted as case files of demonologists.


Insidious (2010)Edit

Insidious was directed by Wan, written by Whannell, and starred Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Barbara Hershey. The story centers on a couple whose son inexplicably enters a comatose state and becomes a vessel for ghosts in an astral dimension. The film was released in theaters on April 1, 2011,[1] and is FilmDistrict's first theatrical release. A sequel, Insidious: Chapter 2, was released on September 13, 2013, with Wan returning as director and Whannell returning as screenwriter. The film's success led to it being used as inspiration for a maze in Universal's 2013 Halloween Horror Nights.

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)Edit

Insidious: Chapter 2 was also directed by Wan and written by Whannell. The film stars Wilson and Byrne reprising their roles as Josh and Renai Lambert, a husband and wife who seek to uncover the secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world. The film was released on September 13, 2013. It was a box-office success, grossing over $160 million worldwide, but received mixed reviews.

Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)Edit

Insidious: Chapter 3 is the third film in the series, written and directed by Whannell. The film is a prequel to the haunting of the Lambert family in the first two films, and stars Stefanie Scott, Dermot Mulroney, Lin Shaye, and Whannell. It's about a girl—Quinn—who is haunted by a demon after trying to call out to her mother Lillith, who died. It was released on June 5, 2015.

Insidious: The Last Key (2018)Edit

Prior to the release of Insidious: Chapter 3, Whannell was asked, "If there is a Insidious: Chapter 4, would that be a sequel to Chapter 3, another prequel to the original or will it continue in this timeline or go to a whole new timeline?" Whannell replied:

"I don't know. 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. 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."[2]

On May 16, 2016, it was announced that Chapter 4 would have an October 20, 2017 release date with Whannell writing, Jason Blum, Oren Peli and Wan producing, Adam Robitel directing, and Shaye returning to reprise her role as Elise Rainier.[3][4] On October 11, 2016, the film was given a new release date of January 2018.

Potential Sinister crossoverEdit

Prior to the release of Insidious: The Last Key, Jason Blum stated that a crossover film between Insidious and Sinister had previously been in development, tentatively entitled Insinister, and that he personally believed it had potential for re-entering it, stating that "we're going to cross our worlds at some point".[5]

Untitled Insidious sequelEdit

On October 29, 2020, it was announced that a sequel movie was in the works with Teems writing the screenplay based on a story by Whannel and series star Patrick Wilson directing. It will focus on a grown-up Dalton, a role reprised by series star Ty Simpkins, as he heads off to college.[6]

Recurring cast and charactersEdit


  • A Y indicates the actor portrayed the role in a flashback scene as a younger person.
  • A K indicates the actor portrayed the role in a flashback scene as a child or teen.
  • A P indicates a photographic role in the film.
  • A C indicates a cameo appearance.
  • A V indicates a voice role in the film.
  • A dark grey cell indicates the character was not in the film.
Character Films
Chapter 2

Chapter 3

The Last Key

Untitled Insidious sequel
Elise Rainier Lin Shaye Lindsay SeimY
Lin Shaye
Lin Shaye Ava KolkerK
Hana HayesY
Lin Shaye
Specs Leigh Whannell
Tucker Angus Sampson
Josh Lambert Patrick Wilson Patrick WilsonC
Garrett RyanKP
Patrick WilsonC Patrick Wilson
Josh FeldmanK Garrett RyanK
Renai Lambert Rose Byrne Rose ByrneC TBA
Dalton Lambert Ty Simpkins Ty SimpkinsC Ty Simpkins
Loraine Lambert Barbara Hershey Barbara Hershey
Jocelin DonahueY
Barbara HersheyV TBA
Carl Steve Coulter
Hank HarrisY
Steve Coulter
Quinn Brenner Stefanie Scott
Sean Brenner Dermot Mulroney
Melissa Rainier Spencer Locke
Imogen Rainier Caitlin Gerard
Christian Rainier Bruce Davison
Pierce PopeK
Thomas RobieY
Insidious entities
Parker Crane
The Bride in Black
Philip Friedman Tom Fitzpatrick
Tyler GriffinK
Tom Fitzpatrick TBA
Lipstick-Face Demon Joseph Bishara Joseph Bishara
Long-Haired Fiend J. LaRose
Michelle Crane
The Woman in White
Danielle Bisutti
The Man Who Can't Breathe Micheal Reid MacKay
KeyFace Javier Botet

Additional crew and production detailsEdit

Occupation Insidious
Chapter 2

Chapter 3

The Last Key

Director James Wan Leigh Whannell Adam Robitel
Producer Jason Blum
Oren Peli
Steven Schneider
Jason Blum
Oren Peli
James Wan
Oren Peli
Jason Blum
James Wan
Steven Schneider
Jason Blum
Oren Peli
Writer Leigh Whannell
Cinematography John R. Leonetti
David M. Brewer
John R. Leonetti Brian Pearson Toby Oliver
Composer Joseph Bishara
Editor James Wan
Kirk M. Morri
Kirk M. Morri Timothy Alverson
Production Companies Blumhouse Productions
Stage 6 Films
Blumhouse Productions
Entertainment One
Stage 6 Films
Blumhouse Productions
Stage 6 Films
Distributor FilmDistrict Focus Features Universal Pictures
Running time 102 minutes 105 minutes 97 minutes 103 minutes
Release date April 1, 2011 (2011-04-01) September 13, 2013 (2013-09-13) June 5, 2015 (2015-06-05) January 5, 2018 (2018-01-05)


Box office performanceEdit

Film Release date Box office revenue Box office ranking Budget Ref(s)
North America Other territories Worldwide North America
Insidious April 1, 2011 $54,009,150 $43,000,000 $97,009,160 #1,486 $1.5 million [7]
Insidious: Chapter 2 September 13, 2013 $83,586,447 $78,332,871 $161,919,318 #853 $5 million [8]
Insidious: Chapter 3 June 5, 2015 $52,218,558 $60,765,331 $112,983,889 #1,545 $10 million [9]
Insidious: The Last Key January 5, 2018 $67,347,895 $100,140,258 $167,488,153 #1,147 $10 million [10]
Total $257,162,050 $282,238,450 $539,400,510 $26.5 million
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Critical and public responseEdit

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore[11]
Insidious 66% (175 reviews)[12] 52 (30 reviews)[13] B
Insidious: Chapter 2 40% (124 reviews)[14] 40 (30 reviews)[15] B+
Insidious: Chapter 3 59% (124 reviews)[16] 52 (26 reviews)[17] B+
Insidious: The Last Key 33% (106 reviews)[18] 49 (23 reviews)[19] B–

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Benardello, Karen (December 30, 2010). "Haunted House Film Insidious To Be Released on April Fool's Day". Crave Online. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Insidious: Chapter 4 Will Take Place Closer To First Film". 21 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Insidious 4 is Coming to Theaters October 2017". May 16, 2016.
  4. ^ Barkan, Jonathan (May 15, 2016). "Insidious 4 Announces Writer, Director, and Release Date". Bloody Disgusting.
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  7. ^ "Insidious (2010)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  8. ^ "Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  9. ^ "Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 21, 2015.
  10. ^ "Insidious: The Last Key (2018)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  11. ^ "CinemaScore". CinemaScore. Archived from the original on December 20, 2018. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  12. ^ "Insidious". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  13. ^ "Insidious". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  14. ^ "Insidious: Chapter 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 2, 2020.
  15. ^ "Insidious: Chapter 2 (2015) Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  16. ^ "Insidious: Chapter 3". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  17. ^ "Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  18. ^ "Insidious: The Last Key (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  19. ^ "Insidious: The Last Key reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved January 6, 2018.

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