Unfortunately, Insidious fans are going to have to spend a little more time in The Further, waiting for Chapter 4 to hit theaters! Variety reports that the film has been pushed back from its planned October 20th, 2017 released date to make way for Universal Pictures’ and Sony Pictures’ “darkly comic” murder mystery, Half to Death. Apparently, the studios felt that moviegoers wouldn’t want to see two horror films during the Halloween season! Both films come from Blumhouse, hot off its massive success with Get Out.
Insidious: Chapter 4 will now debut in theaters on January 5th, 2018. Anyone who follows the movie industry knows that the only thing scarier than some spooky jittery old man or woman in old-timey makeup is an opening weekend in January! January release dates are often reserved for films that studios are not confident about. For example, January 2017 brought us such stinkers as The Bye Bye Man and Underworld: Blood Wars. This time period right after the winter holidays historically sees the lowest theater attendance of all year, so studios find it a suitable month to release projects they’d like to forget about.
To be fair, there are some exceptions. For example, M. Night Shyamalan’s Split also debuted in theaters this past January, and it was, shockingly, a hit with critics and moviegoers. But to be fair, before that film came out most viewers were praying that Shyamalan would never work behind a camera again after all of his cinematic disasters of the past decade; so it wouldn’t be surprising if the stigma surrounding his recent work at the time originally factored into the January release date.
Insidious: Chapter 4 is another prequel to the series, which will follow Lin Shaye’s Dr. Elise Rainier as she explores more creepy hauntings… this time in her family’s home. Co-creator, James Wan, is back, this time to co-produce the film. Leigh Whannell, the other co-creator and director of Chapter 3, wrote the script. Adam Robitel (writer of Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension and director of The Taking of Deborah Logan) directed the film.
Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more details on Insidious: Chapter 4 as it breaks!