Demons, vaguely stated, have proven to be a viable device to base a successful horror film around. From the Paranormal Activity films to the in-development sequel of The Exorcism, demons are selling like horrendously hot hot-cakes. Despite touting a small budget and a fresh story, Insidious was able to lock down fantastic stars Patrick Wilson (Watchmen) and Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids) as well as a hefty profit. THR has confirmed that Wilson and Byrne will be returning for the possessive horror sequel, as well as many others from the first film reuniting for the sequel.
The original film followed two young parents (Wilson and Byrne) who fight against supernatural odds to prevent their son from being possessed and locked in a dark dimension. Insidious Chapter 2 will likely pick up after the rather grim events of the first film and sees the return of Lin Shaye and Ty Simpkins, who played a paranormal investigator and the possessed son in the first film. Behind the action, James Wan, best known for the Saw films, will be returning as director and Leigh Whannell will be writing the screenplay for the second go around. Jason Blum will be producing the film once again. It's like a really scary family reunion!
The series features limited demonology, but what differentiated it from the competition was that it did not play into the contemporary device of "found footage". In 2010, when the first film was released, FilmDistrict was taking a risk on the 1.5 million budget film that may not have been able to stay afloat in the horror market. 95.5 million dollars later, everyone was breathing easier with little champagne flutes, I'm sure. From humble beginnings, a smash rose to deliver us from shaky-cam. Now let's all hope they don't crash the bandwagon with needless sequels.