‘Insidious 3′ Will Introduce New Story and Characters; Ghost Hunters Will Return

Published 1 year ago by , Updated May 7th, 2014 at 11:53 am,

James Wan and Leigh Whannell created the hit horror franchises Saw and Insidious, with the latter property raking in big box office dollars for its 2013 sequel chapter ($161 million worldwide on a $5 million budget). However, financial success isn’t the only thing propelling the Insidious franchise forward; the ending of Chapter 2 blew the door wide open (no pun) for further stories of creatures from The Further and those who are haunted by and/or hunt them. Hence why Insidious 3 is coming to theaters in spring 2015.

As you can see from the video above, our correspondent Perri Nemiroff caught up with Insidious and Saw writer Leigh Whannell and Insidious co-star Angus “Tucker” Sampson at SXSW, where the pair are premiering their new drug-smuggling crime flick, The Mule. As far as Insidious 3 goes, we can confirm the following information:

  1. A script for the film is complete.
  2. Insidious 1 & 2 stars Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne are NOT returning.
  3. Insidious 3 will focus on a new family and story.
  4. That story is NOT connected to the last scene in Insidious 2.
  5. Whannell and Sampson WILL returns as ghost hunters Specs and Tucker, respectively.

While Insidious: Chapter 2 (read our review) did some very interesting things with time travel in order to create a bigger and more cohesive narrative out of the first film’s events, most fans would agree that two chapters of the Lambert family story was enough. The Specs and Tucker ghost hunters (and their living or ghostly medium guides) are a perfect through line to a new story and approach, so why not do just that?

Insidious 3 Story and Character Details Insidious 3 Will Introduce New Story and Characters; Ghost Hunters Will Return

Insidious part one was a throwback to old ’70s and ’80s horror films, while Part 2 was an obvious homage to psychological horror films like The ShiningPart 3 could indeed continue in the trend of giving new twists on classic horror genre tropes (slasher films, exorcism films, etc…) – one just hopes that, with James Wan having moved on to bigger projects like Fast and Furious 7, Insidious 3 at least ends up being something creative, rather than a cold and lifeless sequel cranked out on fumes of name-brand marketing hopes. Nobody needs another Last Exorcism 2.

For more on new horror flicks soon coming your way – including Oculus and Stretch – be sure to read our interview with Jason Blum from BlumHouse productions, the distributor behind films like Paranormal AcitivitySinisterThe Purge and The Insidious franchise.


MORE: Video Interview with Horror Producer Jason Blum


 Insidious 3 will be in theaters on April 3, 2015.

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  1. I want to see that red demon guy that jams out to tiptoe through the tulips again lol

    • Most probably, he/it will be back, although they say that the next chapter is not tied to the last scene. In any case, I don’t think this is a villain worth having in storage for too long (assuming they would plan to bring him back in a 4th film); if film #2 allowed to expand the story of the Lamberts, I would love to see an expansion of the story of redhead in film #3. Whatever the case, I’m excited!

  2. Kind of related: Youtube won’t load the video for me. What exactly did he have to say about Saw 8?

    • what the hell insidious 3 is based on other family’s story i wanted to watch forward story s*** s*** s***.

  3. Am I the only one that saw the picture and initially thought it was a Tekken movie?

  4. Heihachi? Lol

  5. No more. I am done with two sequels. To be honest, it was an okay movie. Now, it is getting annoying. A new story ? FORGET IT!

    • Okay.. I will give it one more chance to watch the movie since I saw the last sequel. I hope that it is going to be the last one! SIGHING!

  6. another one…?
    oh please…. no!

    i’m not saying the last two were bad…i actually liked it but making additional ones might “destroy” Insidious. IMO

  7. ohhhh!!!! wish to release it soon … waiting for it …

  8. I am a fan of the horror story in Insidious 1 and 2. With the ambiguous ending Chapter 2 gave us left the impression that the story would go on. If the 3rd installment will not follow what was left at the end of 2, then it may not be worth it. They seriously need to rethink this before continuing the 3rd one. A new story and a new director will only destroy what 1 and 2 built.

  9. And I cleanse my hands of all of this that is a mess.

    New director. Check.
    No continuation of the cliffhanger left in Chapter 2. Check.
    No PATRIC WILSON. Check.

    Hands Waving. Check.
    Feet Stepping. Check.

  10. this is a really good movie but i dont think there should be a new chapter i think they should call this story something else since everyone is not there anymmore