- Director:James Wan
- Writer:Leigh Whannell
- Cast:Patrick Wilson,Rose Byrne,Ty Simpkins
- Time:1h 43min
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Patrick Wilson||-||Josh Lambert|
|Rose Byrne||-||Renai Lambert|
|Ty Simpkins||-||Dalton Lambert|
|Lin Shaye||-||Elise Rainier|
|Barbara Hershey||-||Lorraine Lambert|
|Andrew Astor||-||Foster Lambert|
|Corbett Tuck||-||Nurse Adele / Doll Girl #2|
|Heather Tocquigny||-||Nurse Kelly|
|Ruben Pla||-||Dr. Sercarz|
|John Henry Binder||-||Father Martin|
|Joseph Bishara||-||Lipstick-Face Demon|
|Philip Friedman||-||Old Woman|
|J. LaRose||-||Long Haired Fiend|
The film was shot in just three weeks.
Thirty-three violins were used for the theme music.
The film was originally going to be named "The Further."
In 2015, there was an Insidious-themed maze at Universal Studios, Orlando for the annual event of Halloween Horror Nights. The maze was based on the three "Insidious" films released at the time.
Director Trademark (James Wan): [puppet]: (At around 30 minutes) When Josh is in the classroom, on the chalkboard behind him, the name "James Wan" can be clearly seen, as well as a drawing of Billy, the puppet from Wan's Pjuklas (2004), with the number "8" written under it.
Ethan Hawke turned down the role of Josh Lambert.
The film won two Fright Meter Awards in 2011, Best Horror Movie and Best Supporting Actress for Lin Shaye.
James Wan, who directed both Insidious 1 & 2 and The Conjuring 1 & 2, had The Conjuring franchise in mind, while directing the first Insidious movie. A number of coherent points can be spotted in both the first and the second Insidious movies
(At around 30 minutes) When Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) is dismissing his class, the names "Yesim Osman" and "Leslie Borchard" can be seen written on the chalkboard. Leslie Borchard was a hairstylist for this film, and Yesim 'Shimmy' Osman was the hair department head.
During the record player scene, the little boy can be seen facing the wall in the cloak room.
This was the first film distributed by Filmdistrict.
Josh's mother in the film is named Lorraine. Coincidentally, Patrick Wilson (Josh) would later go on to play Ed Warren, husband of Lorraine Warren, in "The Conjuring", which was also directed by James Wan.
This is the second project involving horror where Barbara Hershey stars in, after The Entity (1982). In that film, Carla Moran (Hershey) is pursued by an evil being. Curiously, in this movie, her son Josh, played by Patrick Wilson, is pursued by an evil being.
The second time Lin Shaye appeared in a movie about the afterlife. She was the high school teacher in Kosmaras Guobu gatveje (1984).
In this movie, as well as its sequel, Tunas tamsoje: antra dalis (2013), Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) is pursued by ghosts who want to invade his physical body. This is the opposite way of A Gifted Man (2011), where Michael Holt (Patrick Wilson) is capable of seeing Anna Paul's ghost (Jennifer Ehle), in order to better him as a doctor and a person.
In the opening scene where Dalton and Renai are looking through the photo album, they are both wearing the same pajamas.
Barbara Hershey's name would later be mentioned in the future movie Spy 5 years later (the film which also starts Rose Byrne.
Although the Old Woman demon is played by a man, it was not until they started working on the sequel that the filmmakers decided that the character was actually a man dressed as a woman.
The composer, Joseph Bishara, also acts in the film, playing the demon who tries to take Dalton's soul (Lipstick-Face Demon).
(At around 1 hour and 12 minutes) Josh looks through several pictures of his younger self when he finds out that he can astral project. In one of them, he can be seen carrying a dog, which belongs to director James Wan.
In the scene where Dalton sheets are covered in red handprints, it is mistaken for blood, but is actually red lipstick. The red faced demon (known as the "lipstick demon", using his hands to apply his "signature red look") leaves the handprints, showing how close he already was to Dalton at this point in the film.