Here's the first image from Insidious 3. Turns out, it's gonna be a prequel.

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Jul 23, 2014, 12:10 PM EDT

One of the creepiest new horror franchises is back, and it's taking its story in the one direction it was always destined to go.

All cards on the table, Insidious: Chapter 2 was not exactly the best horror movie ever made. But the first Insidious? It definitely kept people up nights. So we're glad to see the franchise moving away from the Lamberts, since their story has really been told, and instead focusing on the background of the ghost hunters we met in the first film.

Yes, psychic Elise Rainier will return, along with her assistants, Specs and Tucker. And we couldn't be happier. Those three really amped up the scares in the first Insidious when they turned up, and getting more of their story is, we think, very worthwhile.

Here's the full press release:

Focus Features, Entertainment One (eOne), Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA), and Blumhouse Productions announced today that Insidious: Chapter 3 has begun production in Los Angeles. Leigh Whannell, co-creator of the terrifying horror franchise, is writing and directing the new movie.

To commemorate the start of production of the series’ newest chapter, Focus is launching a sweepstakes on the official Insidious Facebook ( and Twitter ( pages. Insidious buffs and fans will have the chance to win a trip for two to Los Angeles to visit the set of Insidious: Chapter 3. The contest begins on Tuesday, July 22nd, and ends on Friday, July 25th. The contest’s complete official rules can be accessed at

Insidious: Chapter 3 stars Dermot Mulroney (of August: Osage County) and Stefanie Scott (of Blumhouse’s upcoming Jem and the Holograms) alongside Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, and Mr. Whannell, with the latter trio reprising their roles from the first two movies in the franchise.

In Insidious: Chapter 3, a twisted new tale of terror begins for a teenage girl and her family, predating the haunting of the Lambert family in the earlier movies and revealing more mysteries of the otherworldly realm The Further. 

Focus Features will release Insidious: Chapter 3 domestically nationwide on Friday, May 29th, 2015. eOne will distribute the picture in Canada, U.K., and Spain; and Sony will distribute the picture in the rest of the world. Jason Blum of Blumhouse, who produced both previous movies in the series, is producing the next installment with returning producer Oren Peli and franchise co-creator James Wan, who directed the two earlier films written by Mr. Whannell with story by Mr. Wan and Mr. Whannell. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Steven Schneider, Charles Layton, and Xavier Marchand are executive-producing Insidious: Chapter 3.

So, yes. This is a prequel, but in a way that makes sense and has no real bearing on the previous two chapters. The only real regret is that we know our heroes are safe, which can hamper the scares a bit. On the other hand, it could be very fun to watch the family Elise tries to protect be utterly destroyed by the forces in the realm of the Further.

It's also a bit of a bummer to see James Wan stepping away from directorial duties, but Leigh Whannell has been around from the start and is also writing, so we're confident he'll be able to give us the creeps.

What do you think, though? Is this a good call for Insidious: Chapter 3?

(via Collider)