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.
On-screen logo for all of the four films released
|Directed by||James Wan (1–2)|
Leigh Whannell (3)
Adam Robitel (4)
Patrick Wilson (5)
|Produced by||Jason Blum (1–5)|
Steven Schneider (1)
Oren Peli (1–4)
James Wan (3–4)
Leigh Whannell (4)
|Written by||Leigh Whannell (1–4)|
Scott Teems (5)
|Music by||Joseph Bishara (1–5)|
|Cinematography||David M. Brewer (1)|
John R. Leonetti (1–2)
Brian Pearson (3)
Toby Oliver (4)
|Edited by||James Wan (1)|
Kirk Morri (1–2)
Timothy Alverson (3–4)
|Distributed by||FilmDistrict (1–2)|
Focus Features (3)
Universal Pictures (4)
Sony Pictures Releasing (all films)
|Total (4 films):|
|Budget||Total (4 films):|
|Box office||Total (4 films):|
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 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, 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."
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. 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".
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.
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.
The Last Key
|Untitled Insidious sequel|
|Elise Rainier||Lin Shaye||Lindsay SeimY
|Lin Shaye||Ava KolkerK
|Josh Lambert||Patrick Wilson||Patrick WilsonC
|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
|Quinn Brenner||Stefanie Scott|
|Sean Brenner||Dermot Mulroney|
|Melissa Rainier||Spencer Locke|
|Imogen Rainier||Caitlin Gerard|
|Christian Rainier||Bruce Davison
The Bride in Black
|Philip Friedman||Tom Fitzpatrick
|Lipstick-Face Demon||Joseph Bishara||Joseph Bishara|
|Long-Haired Fiend||J. LaRose|
The Woman in White
|The Man Who Can't Breathe||Micheal Reid MacKay|
Additional crew and production detailsEdit
The Last Key
|Director||James Wan||Leigh Whannell||Adam Robitel|
|Cinematography||John R. Leonetti
David M. Brewer
|John R. Leonetti||Brian Pearson||Toby Oliver|
Kirk M. Morri
|Kirk M. Morri||Timothy Alverson|
|Production Companies||Blumhouse Productions
Stage 6 Films
Stage 6 Films
Stage 6 Films
|Distributor||FilmDistrict||Focus Features||Universal Pictures|
|Running time||102 minutes||105 minutes||97 minutes||103 minutes|
|Release date||April 1, 2011||September 13, 2013||June 5, 2015||January 5, 2018|
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|||
|Insidious: Chapter 2||September 13, 2013||$83,586,447||$78,332,871||$161,919,318||#853||$5 million|||
|Insidious: Chapter 3||June 5, 2015||$52,218,558||$60,765,331||$112,983,889||#1,545||$10 million|||
|Insidious: The Last Key||January 5, 2018||$67,347,895||$100,140,258||$167,488,153||#1,147||$10 million|||
Critical and public responseEdit
|Insidious||66% (175 reviews)||52 (30 reviews)||B|
|Insidious: Chapter 2||40% (124 reviews)||40 (30 reviews)||B+|
|Insidious: Chapter 3||59% (124 reviews)||52 (26 reviews)||B+|
|Insidious: The Last Key||33% (106 reviews)||49 (23 reviews)||B–|
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