When the very first Inisidious film hit theaters back in 2011, horror movie fans were delighted to see some quality scares on the big screen. James Wan and his team delivered on every level; haunting atmosphere, great cast, honest scares, and the obligatory possessed child.
2 years later, Wan graced us with yet another great horror film in the form of an Insidious sequel, Insidious: Chapter 2 (Electric Boogaloo). Although sequels have the reputation of rarely living up to their predecessor, Wan managed to trump his first film with a fantastic sequel that brought everything together in a nightmarishly calm manner.
Sadly, due to James Wan’s fear of numbers higher than 2, he handed the directorial reigns off to long time friend and fellow Inisidious co-writer Leigh Whannel. Insidious: Chapter 3 wasn’t necessarily bad, but Wan’s special horrific touch was definitely vacant from the film.
Now, Blumhouse Productions, the company behind the franchise, has announced to the world that Inisidous: Chapter 4 is on its way and with a new director.
Adam Robitel, the new director who will be helming Inisidous: Chapter 4, has only one feature-length film under his belt, The Taking of Deborah Logan; a horror film in which we see a team of documentary film students following the days of an elderly woman who suffers from Alzheimer and her granddaughter as they struggle to keep their home from being foreclosed on.
In typical horror movie fashion, spooks occur and Fred Jone’s Mystery Machine is no where to be found. The film managed to gain a lot of positive reviews from audiences, but lackluster reviews from critics. In my opinion, that doesn’t mean anything, horror movie critics are some of the most jaded group of reviewers out there, so taking their word on horror movies is silly.
With a credit sheet consisting mostly of short films and a documentary showing a behind-the-scenes look at Bryan Singer’s work on Superman Returns, it’s going to be interesting seeing how Robitel handles himself with another feature-length horror film, especially one such as Insidious which has garnered a lot of love since it early days back in 2011.
Along with the return of Lin Shaye, an Inisdious vet, the Insidious 4 will also see the return of James Wan, Jason Blum, Oren Peli as producers and Leigh Whannel as writer.
I really hope that Insidious 4 will also see the return of Angus Sampson and Leigh Whannel (yes, the same Leigh Whannel) as Tucker and Specs. I know some people considered their roles in the first two movies as unnecessary and intrusive, but they were such a delight to have on screen amidst all the horror that I would love to have them come back for Insidious 4.
The film’s current release date is set for October 27, 2017, with no real possibility of being pushed up or back.
Personally, I would have preferred for Insidious 4 to have a release date of early 2017, since that is typically when the best horror films come out (October is usually filled with meh level horror movies).