Announced by the Godmother of horror herself, Lin Shaye, Insidious: Chapter 4 is officially on. Obtaining answers via tarot cards, the next installment of the Insidious franchise will be directed by Adam Robitel whose previous work includes The Taking of Deborah Logan. The sequel is set to debut next fall on October 20, 2017.
Blumhouse followed up with the quirky little video confirming that Lin Shaye will return as the parapsychologist Elise Rainier. Insidious co-creator Leigh Whannell has returned to write the script while Jason Blum, Oren Peli, and master of horror and co-creator James Wan will act as producers on the film. Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity), Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, and Charles Layton will be executive producers on the project.
Plot details have yet to be revealed, but from what I assume, the fourth installment of the horrific franchise James Wan first directed will be a continuation from the third chapter that served as a prequel to the first and second movies. Which makes sense since Insidious: Chapter 2 leaves little room for a continuation for story.
Utilizing the Blumhouse model, the franchise has earned favorable returns on investment on their micro-budgets. According to Box Office Mojo, Insidious was produced on a budget of $1.5 million with $97 million worldwide gross; Chapter 2 was given a more generous budget of $5 million with a $78 million worldwide return; and the last installment, Chapter 3 earned $112 million on a budget of $10 million.
I have not seen Adam Robitel’s The Taking of Deborah Logan, but it seems competent and thrilling enough. Robitel also wrote the screenplay for Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, which I felt wrapped up the franchise well enough and provided a few new components to the story that kept it fresh enough.
Will Insidious: Chapter 4 continue into the Further to keep the story of Elise thrilling for audiences? We’ll find out next October!
Video Source: Horrority