What’s next for the Insidious franchise after The Red Door?

Patrick Wilson in Screen Gems Insidious: The Red Door
Patrick Wilson in Screen Gems Insidious: The Red Door /

Now that Insidious: The Red Door is streaming on Netflix, many fans of the franchise are getting the chance to watch (or revisit) the fifth movie in the successful horror series and I’m sure some are wondering if Blumhouse has plans to make more Insidious movies.

In this day and age, it’s hard to find a piece of media or popular IP with a definitive ending, it basically doesn’t exist anymore. Even if something is “over” right now, that doesn’t mean it won’t get rebooted or retooled or re-sequeled, or whatever they wanna call it, at some point in the future.

But it looks like this is the end of the Insidious franchise, at least for the foreseeable future. During an interview with Discussing Film, Blumhouse CEO Jason Blum said they didn’t have any plans for another Insidious film, which is the first time that has happened. With every other Insidious movie, the producers had an idea in mind for what could come next. This time, they decided to wrap up the Lambert story for good.

It makes sense since Insidious: The Red Door is the first legitimate sequel we’ve gotten in a long time. It takes place ten years after Insidious 2 and brings back the Lambert family from the first and second movies. The third and fourth films in the franchise were prequels.

Insidious: The Red Door is the last we’ll see of the franchise for a long time

However, Blum did say that the movies might not be on a “forever rest,” adding that if someone comes up with an amazing idea a decade from now, they might revisit it.

Here’s his full quote regarding the future of the Insidious franchise:

"You better see this Insidious, it’s the last one! (laughs) To give a more serious answer, [The Red Door] is going to be the last we’re going to see of Insidious for a while. It may not be a forever rest, but it’s certainly going to be a very long rest. So, if someone comes up with some idea in 10 years, who knows? But there’s not a plan – as there has been with every prior Insidious movie – there’s no current plan in place for number six."

Mind you, that interview was conducted before Insidious: The Red Door hit theaters and became not only one of the highest-grossing horror movies of 2023, but also the highest-grossing film in the entire Insidious franchise. Upon learning that news, it’s possible Blum might decide to bring Insidious out of retirement early.

That said, I do think we’ve, more or less, seen the last of the Lambert family. I could see Patrick Wilson coming back to direct another movie, but I think Dalton and Josh’s saga have been wrapped up well enough that we can move onto something else.

For now, you’ve got five Insidious movies to watch and countless fan theories to comb through, so there’s plenty to keep fans of this franchise busy and dozens more Blumhouse films out there (and in the works).

Plus, Wilson’s other popular horror franchise, The Conjuring, which was also created by James Wan (he co-created Insidious with his Saw partner Leigh Whannell) appears to be going strong with no signs of stopping anytime soon.

Insidious: The Red Door is now streaming on Netflix.

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