Insidious 4 Delayed Until January 2018
The Universal Pictures and Sony Pictures title shifts from Oct. 20, 2017, to Jan. 5, 2018, to make way for 'Half to Death' from Blumhouse.
Insidious: Chapter 4 has been officially moved back from its original Fall 2017 release date to the early goings of 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.
The fourth pic in the franchise, which has a weekend to itself for now, will be directed by series newcomer Adam Robitel (The Taking of Deborah Logan) and welcomes back Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainier, the parapsychologist who faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet: in her own family home. The film is written by co-creator Leigh Whannell (“Saw”), who wrote the trilogy and directed the third film. It is produced by Jason Blum, Oren Peli, and co-creator James Wan, of “The Conjuring” Fame. Domestic distribution will be handled by Universal Pictures, Sony will handle international distribution.
Meanwhile, Half to Death is a Blumhouse original about a college student (Jessica Rothe, La La Land) who relives the day of her murder in both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.