The Insidious franchise has become a staple of modern horror, revamping the haunted house trope and giving characters more nuanced, sometimes disturbing, roles in these films instead of focusing solely on the entities and spirits.
According to Bloody Disgusting, Wilson was excited to announce that he would finally be in the director’s chair of the long-running film series, stating during the virtual BlumFest:
“I’m honored and thrilled to be at the helm of the next Insidious installment, which will provide an amazing chance to unpack everything the Lamberts went through a decade ago, as well as deal with the consequences of their choices. Directing the movie is both professionally and personally a full-circle moment for me, and I am extremely grateful to be entrusted in continuing to tell this frightening and haunting story. Into the further we go…”
With Wilson leading Insidious 5, the franchise seems to be introducing fresh blood to keep audiences on its toes and allowing a fresh-faced director to carve out the story’s next steps and its characters. Though many horror franchises lose a step or two, the longer they continue, like A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th, the Insidious team seems aware of this common flaw and aims to get ahead of it.