We drop in here with a tag-team of good and bad news. The bad news? Insidious: Chapter 4 has been pushed back from its October 20th, 2017 release to a January 5th, 2018. That’s not a large move, mind you, but a noticeable one nonetheless. The good news? Blumhouse is never want for product and they’ve slotted Half to Death into that October 20th, 2017 date instead. See, that’s not so bad!
The fourth entry in the Insidious franchsie is directed by Adam Robitel (The Taking of Deborah Logan) and written by franchise mainstay Leigh Whannell. Once again, Lin Shaye returns as parapsychologist Elaine Rainier, with Specs (Leigh Whannell) and Tucker (Angus Sampson) at her side. This latest installment appears to be another prequel (or midquel), taking place between the events of Insidious: Chapter 3 and the original 2011 film, with Elaine investigating a haunting at her childhood home. Bruce Davison, Josh Stewart, Kirk Acevedo, Spencer Locke, and Caitlin Gera also appear in the film.
Half to Death is an original horror thriller from writer/director Christopher B. Landon and writer Scott Lobdell. Landon’s previous directorial efforts include Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. Half to Death tells a Groundhog Day-esque tale of girl who must continue to relive the same day over and over until she uncovers the mystery of her murder.
Blumhouse has already had two monster hits this year with Split and Get Out. In addition to the recently-released The Belko Experiment, they have a number of other projects hitting in 2017, such as Sleight, Amityville: The Awakening, Lowriders, and Stephanie. The low budget genre outfit also has a variety of high-profile projects in the works for 2018 and beyond, such as The Purge 4, a Five Nights at Freddy’s adaptation, and a revival of the Halloween franchise.