Every Insidious Movie Ranked, Worst To Best
There’s been four Insidious movies to date, with a fifth said to be on the way, and here’s how the James Wan-created franchise stacks up.
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There’s been four Insidious movies to date, with a fifth said to be on the way, and here’s how the James Wan-created franchise stacks up. While he doesn’t devote himself to the horror genre like he used to, in the about a decade he spent making his name in Hollywood, Wan gifted fright fans with three different popular franchises. The first was Saw in 2004, which is soon to receive its ninth entry, with Chris Rock of all people as the star. The second was Insidious, birthed in 2010, and so far spanning four films. The last was The Conjuring, which has used spinoffs to become a cinematic universe unto itself.
While Saw is its own beast, Insidious and The Conjuring are almost of the same ilk, both dealing with demonic possessions, and both starring Patrick Wilson in a prominent role. Beyond the surface though, the Insidious movies have a more pronounced mean streak that helps set them apart from The Conjuring movies, as well as the captivating version of the afterlife known simply as The Further.
It’s not entirely clear when Insidious 5 will materialize, although reports have suggested it’ll be closer to sooner than later. In the meantime, it’s time to take a look at the prior Insidious entries, and determine which can rightfully be placed at the top of the horror heap.
4. Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)
For those who enjoy the Insidious brand of demonic scares and trips into The Further, it should be noted that none of these four films are particularly bad. Of the set though, 2015’s Insidious: Chapter 3 draws the lowest position, partially due its main characters not being as interesting, and the overall story not being as arresting. Lin Shaye does well with her expanded role as psychic Elise Rainier, who’s still alive, as this is a prequel to the first two movies, thus establishing the franchise’s confusing timeline. Still, Insidious 3 just never feels up to the level of the others.
3. Insidious: The Last Key (2018)
2018’s Insidious: The Last Key doesn’t do much to make the timeline less confusing, as it’s another prequel to the first two movies, but set after Insidious: Chapter 3. Shaye’s Elise really takes center stage here, as we see through flashbacks some of her traumatizing childhood memories, which end up directing tying into the central story. This focus on Elise’s backstory helps elevate The Last Key above Insidious 3, and offers Shaye an opportunity to show off her talents as a leading lady.
2. Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
Insidious: Chapter 2 isn’t as good as the first film, but comes close, mostly thanks to the continuing presence of lead actors Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne as Josh and Renai Lambert. Josh especially gets to do some cool stuff in this one, spending most of it in The Further after his body was possessed by The Bride in Black at the end of Insidious. Wilson also gets to play the possessed Josh, who has a hard time keeping it together. Renai has her suspicions about Josh, but things between the family exist on a tense tightrope of deception for some time. Time travel even unexpectedly comes into play, in an intriguing fashion.
1. Insidious (2010)
Insidious was produced on a budget of less than $2 million, but one would never know that looking at the finished product. James Wan’s skill as a director, and some very cool concepts and special effects, lend Insidious the look and feel of a much bigger movie, and it’s no wonder audiences embraced it like they did. One of the coolest things about Insidious is that the marketing really didn’t reveal all that much, so when the story switches midway through from what looks like a haunted house movie into a journey to rescue Dalton Lambert’s soul from The Further, it’s an unexpected treat for first time viewers.