‘Insidious 2′ Trailer – Director Reveals Time Travel Plot Details [Updated]

Published 2 years ago by , Updated June 6th, 2013 at 8:36 am,


James Wan on the Set of Insidious Insidious 2 Trailer   Director Reveals Time Travel Plot Details [Updated]

After the trailer our New York screening tapped into the Los Angeles Q&A session with James Wan (Saw) at the Linda Vista Hospital, one of the sets for the film. The discussion was loaded with information regarding Wan’s prowess within the genre and his excitement for this project in particular, but the first thing that would stand out to any “Insidious” fan is when Wan revealed:

“Whereas the first movie has a twist on the classic haunted house genre, the second one is a slightly different movie, and so it has a twist on a different sub-genre. It’s more in the vein of like a domestic thriller, but with a pervasive supernatural undertone, which is kind of what The Shining is in some ways.”

And the domestic thriller sub-genre isn’t the only new territory Insidious 2 treads into. Wan even noted, “Insidious 2 deals a little bit with elements of time traveling.” Sadly Wan was cut short before delving deeper, but later on he did reference a section of the film that takes place in 1986 with a young Josh (Garrett Ryan), Lorraine (Jocelin Donahue of The House of the Devil), and Elise (Lindsay Seim), so the two are likely connected.

Pulling back from Insidious 2 and jumping into his personal style in general, Wan noted something that somewhat hints at why his horror films are more effective than others:

“For me, you know, it’s not necessarily seeing the scariest monster in the room that makes it scary. It’s a character waking up in the middle of the night and he or she thinks there’s someone standing by the foot of their bed watching them sleep.”

Wan even goes as far to deliberately terrify himself to ensure a scare will have the same effect on an audience:

“When I was designing some of the scares for Insidious and my previous scary movie that I shot, one of the things I would do is literally walk through my house late at night with all the lights out and think up these really trippy, creepy scenarios and if I get really creeped out then I know it’s working.”

 Insidious 2 Trailer   Director Reveals Time Travel Plot Details [Updated]

We’ll have to wait until The Conjuring arrives on July 19th and Insidious 2 on September 13th to see if Wan’s “creepy” technique results in two good films – but even if things do continue to pan out in his favor, it could be a while before another James Wan horror movie hits the market. Wan will be switching gears (pun), jumping into the director’s chair of Fast and Furious 7. One audience member asked Wan what kind of film he’d make with an unlimited budget, and even though F&F7 would be the realistic and immediate answer, Wan touched on two other types of movies that pique his interest:

“I’m a big comic book fan. I’d love to one day do a comic book film. I love that world. I have pet projects. I have pet projects for different reasons. I’m a romantic at heart and so a pet project of mine that I would love to one day do would be to do a big screen adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. That would be my thing.”

If Fast and Furious 7 is as big a hit as the latest installment, odds are Wan could wind up with the opportunity to pursue whatever his heart desires.


Insidious Chapter 2 arrives in theaters on September 13, 2013. 

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  1. Insidious was awsome even if the second half of the movie suffered from what clearly is a “we dont have a sufficient budget” syndrom. Trailers from the conjuring looks awsome and creepy. Hope that the conjuring and insidious 2 get much praise and be succesfull. And if Fast and Furious 7 is a succes i would love for him to do like an instalment of Fantastic 4 or even a Star Wars spin off movie would be a great project for him. Its refreshing to see a director that sees a genre or a franchise diferently like this guy. Hollywood needs more out of the box thinking.

  2. Insidious was a solid scary movie. Looking forward to the second one.

  3. This is some seriously %$#* shaking stuff.

  4. Hey, Marvel likes to hire directors that aren’t normally known for big budget comic book movies so maybe there’s a Phase 3 film that he could do?
    Dr. Strange directed by James Wan.
    Imagine the reaction here after that announcement? ;)

    • #SOLD

  5. Maybe I’m the only one, but I didn’t like Insidious at all. Maybe this one will be better, but I’m not in any rush to see it.

    • No, you’re right. Insidious sucked. I don’t even see how people say it’s a bit scary or good at all, because it wasn’t.

      • insidious was pretty sh*t to be honest and james wan is directing the next fast and furious instalment which is probably gona suck he is known for horror not massive action budget flms.

  6. Insidious was great! cant wait for the next one, but I cannot see the trailer, just thought I’d let you know.

  7. Looks interesting!

  8. eeek Time Travel or flashbacks? I see time travel as well traveling through time and having an effect on time.

    It sounds like it is more a flashback of what happened earlier? Is it possible he meant something like that instead of time travel like Looper, BttF, etc?

  9. Aw… the creators of the Insidious franchise SUCK. The least they could do is first show how Josh got his body back from the ghost of the old lady who snatched it in the last movie. But their going to skip ahead to somewhere in the future where Josh got his body back somehow and he and his family are trying to move past what happened back then? *lol*

    • You’re way off base. The last movie was a total cliffhanger, and we don’t know exactly what happens as Renai picks up the camera, sees the ghost-broad, and then he touches her shoulder. Based on clips I’ve seen, and good ol’ fashioned common sense, it looks like Josh will be either possessed on the down-low, or in one of these vying-for-control sort of possessions, also on the DL, with hints and suggestions that the Mrs suspects something is awry. Even in the trailer, which you should’ve watched before commenting, you see the l’il kid watching Josh as he whispers to himself, and later ask Renai “is there something wrong with Dad?”

      Short version: I predict that this movie will be about Josh’s possession and it consequences following the events of the last film, with a bunch of flashback scenes to his boyhood astral projection/being haunted days.

  10. I read your blurb for The 10 Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2013, and I have no clue how you can say Insidious didn’t leave the door open for a sequel. They left the father in the Further! Uh, one could assume that they would try to get him out! No? Can you explain your statement? To me it’s utterly bogglin’.

  11. Insidious is so good! The conjuring is amazing can’t wait for insidious 2

  12. I see James Wan making many types of movies from all genres. Wan is extremely talented. What is most interesting about Wan is his ability to make movies for cheap that make tons of money. Hollywood is keeping watch on this awesome talent.

    Insidious Chapter 2 is projected at $40-50 million this weekend. Friday the 13th will give it a big boost.