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Leigh Whannell & James Wan Are Returning for an 'Insidious' Sequel

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February 2, 2012
Source: Deadline

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After racking up almost $100 million from a film that only cost $1.5 million to make, it is no surprise to hear that the supernatural horror flick Insidious is getting the sequel treatment. Deadline reports writer Leigh Whannell and director James Wan are both returning for the sequel, but it's not clear of any of the original cast members will return or even what the story will focus on this time. I'm at least mildly interested even though the second half of the first film left a bad taste in my mouth, mostly because it's an entirely different style of horror than the first half, almost as if two directors worked on the film separately.

Wan says, “Insidious was the most fun project I’ve ever worked on. From start to finish it was an absolute joy—from the writing of the screenplay, all the way to the first screening of the film at the Toronto film festival.  I believe that James Wan and I achieved what we set out to do—create a horror film for horror fans. Both of us feel that we can mine more terror from the world we created and know that if we assemble every member of the original team, we will have an amazing continuation of the story for fans of the first film.” Hopefully this time they craft a more cohesive singular piece of horror as opposed to two linked short films, which is exactly what the first Insidious felt like, and that's after seeing the film a few times.

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Reader Feedback - 23 Comments

1

Is that Patrick Wilson? he looks identical to another actor; Kip Pardue. Does anyone else fine they're hard to tell apart?

Steve_bronfman on Feb 2, 2012

2

Kip Pardue is like the love child of Patrick Wilson and Eddie Redmayne.

kmg on Feb 2, 2012

3

Just watched Kip Pardue in episode of House and couldn't help thinking he could be a close relative of Eddie Redmayne.

Becky on May 17, 2012

4

It should be a totally different family, totally different from the first film..

jah p on Feb 2, 2012

5

Hopefully different writers too.

norm on Feb 3, 2012

6

Insidious was the first horror film in a while to actually make me feel slightly freaked out! That darth maul look a like definitely freaked me out a little.

Nick on Feb 2, 2012

7

agreed, i can never look at Darth Maul without thinking of Insidicreature

Jericho on Feb 5, 2012

8

As long as there's no more Darth Maul, I'm in.

Hggfd on Feb 2, 2012

9

first movie to actually scare me in quite a while.  also, Ethan, how did this film feel like 2 separate movies?  I don't think it did at all.

Race Bannon on Feb 2, 2012

10

I think it definitely did, the first half was great, then the second half was shit!

Lagoya on Feb 3, 2012

11

I agree with the review.  I thought the first hour was terrifying.  Very scary.  The last half hour was a joke.  Laughably bad. 

Brian Ricci on Feb 2, 2012

12

Yeah can't believe how bad it got. First half was nothing original but very effective. My fiance and I laughed at the second half.

Kaim on Feb 3, 2012

13

Totally agree with this review 2nd half was definitely stupid and campy it just completely turned into those horror shows you'd see on the disney channel or something. I thought the darth maul guy looked interesting and scary but he works best in the shadow. I wouldn't be interested in seeing that demon again I felt I could just kick the heck out of it with a steel tip boot on how annoyed he got me.

Anonymous on Feb 2, 2012

14

It's interesting to hear people talking about the 2nd half being bad. I felt the opposite: the first half was fine, but felt like a repeat of so many other horror films. The 2nd half was what made me like it, took a turn that separated it out from the norm, and incorporated a slightly reality-show vibe with the paranormal investigators. I thought the end, where the father is walking through the fog, was lit and staged perfectly

Xavier on Feb 2, 2012

15

Well the second half is where the story was more original but the transition was done very poorly and it was executed very bad. I really did dig the concept but it deserved much more.

Kaim on Feb 3, 2012

16

The whole half was stupid. The movie sucked and I can't believe they're making a sequel.  Ridiculous...

Anonymous on Feb 8, 2012

17

Thought the same thing as most of these viewers, first half was mysterious and edgy, 2nd half seemed like a somewhat 'random' explanation (although it IS a ghost story, and their explanation was very well done), but really I'd rather have it barely explained than to have gone on in-depth...... but that's just me though lol. The scenes at the end WERE great though, for what it's worth. It just felt totally surreal compared to the first half of the flick 🙁 lol.

Daniel Vu Tran on Feb 2, 2012

18

I thought the first was good all the way through. Got weird towards the end, sure, but its a supernatural flick, so why the hell not? I thought the imagery of the family members looking like mannequins with those looks on their faces was creepy as hell!

grimjob on Feb 2, 2012

19

Horror prove that cinema is alive.James wan with saw and insidious told us that he is first class horror maker director.dead silence but was not good not bad.I wish he work hard on his directing.if he focus on subject he prove that he got talented to shake and shiver us.prologue sequence of insidious in start of the film was unforgettable for me.in horror movie music and atmosphere was very very important and I wish he work on them with love!

Ehsan Davoodi on Feb 3, 2012

20

I loved the First one from start to finish it is one of the best Horror Films I have seen in a while! As long as Wan is Involved then I am in!

N. on Feb 3, 2012

21

I shockingly enjoyed it even with its homages to classic horror movies before it and that it did feel as if two movies (sequels) were reedited into one movie. It will be interesting to see if they go with a prequel, sequel or spinoff. I hope it's a sequel just to see where in the hell it can go.

Johnny Neat on Feb 3, 2012

22

I dug the original movie BIG TIME!!

Posthuman on Feb 3, 2012

23

Nooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

Tetsuo on Feb 3, 2012

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