We’ve known for a little while now that Sony was making a new Insidious film, but for the most part, they’ve been pretty quiet about it. We haven’t heard any news about this movie for a few months, but with a recent Sony announcement, that’s all changed. We now know exactly when Insidious 5 is hitting theaters, and it’s going to be on July 7, 2023.
That’s a little under a year away, and I for one am really excited about this film. Granted, I’ve had a bit of a love/hate relationship with the franchise as a whole (I really liked the first two movies, but I didn’t like the last two), but I think we have reason to be optimistic about this new installment.
For starters, it’s going to be directed by Patrick Wilson, and while he’s never directed a feature film before, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In the past 10 years or so, we’ve seen some stunning directorial debuts from the likes of Robert Eggers, Jordan Peele, and Jennifer Kent, so there’s no reason why Patrick Wilson can’t give us a great movie his first time behind the camera.
If anything, his experience as an actor gives me confidence that he knows exactly what he’s doing, and I’m especially optimistic about his chances with this particular film. He starred in the first two Insidious movies, so he’s a franchise veteran who knows what makes these stories work.
On top of that, he’s also reprising his role as Josh Lambert, and he’ll be starring alongside Ty Simpkins, who’s reprising his role as Dalton, Josh’s son. This means that Insidious 5 is going to be a continuation of the first two Insidious films, and for me, that’s the real draw here. The Lambert family is a huge part of what made the first two movies in this series work so well, and their absence is also a big reason why third and fourth films were so lackluster.
So not only are we getting a director with big potential, but we’re also returning to one of the best things about the franchise, and that’s more than enough to get me on board. Sure, none of this guarantees that the movie will be good, but it gives us reason to hope that Insidious 5 will get the franchise back on the right track.