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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)
Produced byJason Blum (1-4)
Steven Schneider (1)
Oren Peli (1-4)
James Wan (3-4)
Leigh Whannell (4)
Written byLeigh Whannell (1-4)
Music byJoseph Bishara (1-4)
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)
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 James Wan, while the third film was directed by Leigh 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 James Wan, written by Leigh 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 2013's annual Halloween Horror Nights.

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)Edit

Insidious: Chapter 2 was also directed by James Wan and written by Leigh Whannell. The film stars Patrick Wilson and Rose 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 Leigh 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, Leigh 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] It was announced on May 16, 2016, that Chapter 4 would have an October 20, 2017, release date with Whannell writing, Jason Blum, Oren Peli and James Wan producing, Adam Robitel directing, and Lin 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.

Insidious: Chapter 5 (TBA)Edit

In an interview, Whannell stated that if there is going to be a sequel, he currently doesn't know if he will be the one writing the script. On February 22, 2018, reports came stating that the fifth installment is in development after the box office success of Insidious: The Last Key.[5]


  • Patrick Wilson as Josh Lambert, husband of Renai, son of Lorraine and father of Dalton, Foster and Cali. He has the ability of astral projection which his eldest son, Dalton, inherited and which was suppressed for most of his life by Elise at the request of Lorraine.
  • Rose Byrne as Renai Lambert, wife of Josh and mother of Dalton, Foster and Cali.
  • Lin Shaye as Elise Rainier, a parapsychologist who has been working with the Lambert family ever since her erasing Josh's memories when he was still a boy. She came out of retirement after solving the Brenner case at the end of the third film. Elise works closely with Carl, Specs, and Tucker.
  • Ty Simpkins as Dalton Lambert, the eldest child of Josh and Renai. He inherited his father's astral projection and has used it all his life. He is the only one of the Lambert children to travel into the Further.
  • Barbara Hershey as Lorraine Lambert, mother of Josh and grandmother of Dalton, Foster and Cali. She requested Elise to erase Josh's memories of his astral projection and later calls her again to rescue Dalton from the Further.
  • Leigh Whannell as Specs, one of Elise's working assistants.
  • Angus Sampson as Tucker, Specs's working partner.
  • Andrew Astor as Foster Lambert, Josh's and Renai's second child and youngest son.
  • Steve Coulter as Carl, another one of Elise's working assistants and fellow parapsychologist. He makes his first appearance in the second film.
  • Dermot Mulroney as Sean Brenner, husband of Lillith and father of Quinn and Alex who appears in the third film.
  • Stefanie Scott as Quinn Brenner, daughter of Sean and Lillith and sister of Alex. Solving her haunting case was what made Elise move out of her retirement at the end of the third film.
  • Spencer Locke as Melissa Rainier, Elise's niece and Christian's youngest daughter who appears in the fourth film, The Last Key.
  • Caitlin Gerard as Imogen Rainier, Elise's niece and Christian's eldest daughter.
  • Bruce Davison as Christian Rainier, Elise's estranged younger brother.

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 C indicates a cameo appearance.
  • A V indicates a voice acting part in the film.
  • A dark grey cell indicates the character was not in the film.
Character Film
Chapter 2

Chapter 3

The Last Key

Elise Rainier Lin Shaye
Lindsay Seim Y Ava Kolker K
Hana Hayes Y
Specs Leigh Whannell
Tucker Angus Sampson
Josh Lambert Patrick Wilson Patrick WilsonC
Josh FeldmanK Garrett RyanK
Renai Lambert Rose Byrne Rose ByrneC
Dalton Lambert Ty Simpkins Ty SimpkinsC
Loraine Lambert Barbara Hershey Barbara HersheyV
Jocelin Donahue Y
Carl Steve Coulter
Hank HarrisY
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
Bride in Black
Philip Friedman Tom Fitzpatrick
Tyler Griffin K
Lipstick-Face Demon Joseph Bishara Joseph Bishara
Long Haired Fiend J. LaRose
The Man Who Can't Breathe Micheal Reid MacKay
KeyFace Javier Botet


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 Morri
Kirk 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 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 [6]
Insidious: Chapter 2 September 13, 2013 $83,586,447 $78,332,871 $161,919,318 #853 $5 million [7]
Insidious: Chapter 3 June 5, 2015 $52,218,558 $60,765,331 $112,983,889 #1,545 $10 million [8]
Insidious: The Last Key January 5, 2018 $67,347,895 $100,140,258 $167,488,153 #1,147 $10 million [9]
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[10]
Insidious 66% (174 reviews)[11] 52 (30 reviews)[12] B
Insidious: Chapter 2 39% (123 reviews)[13] 40 (30 reviews)[14] B+
Insidious: Chapter 3 59% (123 reviews)[15] 52 (26 reviews)[16] B+
Insidious: The Last Key 32% (100 reviews)[17] 49 (23 reviews)[18] B–
Average 48% 48 B

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Karen Benardello (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.
  5. ^ Miska, Brad (February 21, 2018). "Surprise! Insidious; The Last Key Is The Highest Grossing Insidious Film". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  6. ^ "Insidious (2010)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  7. ^ "Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  8. ^ "Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 21, 2015.
  9. ^ "Insidious: The Last Key (2018)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  10. ^ "CinemaScore". CinemaScore. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  11. ^ "Insidious". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  12. ^ "Insidious". Metacritic. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  13. ^ "Insidious: Chapter 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 26, 2014.
  14. ^ "Insidious: Chapter 2 (2015) Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  15. ^ "Insidious: Chapter 3". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  16. ^ "Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  17. ^ "Insidious: The Last Key (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  18. ^ "Insidious: The Last Key reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved January 6, 2018.

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