Insidious is a series of American horror films from FilmDistrict. There are three films in the franchise, Insidious (2011), Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013), and Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015), which have grossed a total of $357.7 million worldwide.
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 the further until they take from the family what they want most: life. The third film, a prequel, focuses on the same psychic that helped the family this time come to the aid of a young girl who calls out to the dead. All plots are depicted as case files of demonologists.
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 three films. Insidious: Chapter 3 was released on June 5, 2015.
nsidious 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, 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.
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.” It was announced on May 16, 2016 that Chapter 4 will 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.