News that Insidious: Chapter 3 is a prequel leaves us wondering about the end of Insidious: Chapter 2. After the Lambert family has been saved from the Further, we see the next case Specs (Leigh Whannell) and Tucker (Angus Sampson) take with the ghost of Elise (Lin Shaye). Insidious: Chapter 3 won’t show us that case, because they decided to make a prequel. I had a chance to interview writer/director Whannell for his new movie The Mule. You can read our full interview HERE, but when I asked him if the series would catch up to the epilogue of Insidious: Chapter 2, even he didn’t know.
“Maybe,” Whannell said. “I’m not actually sure. I never look that far ahead. I do like the direction part three went in. I like the idea of following Elise and Specs and Tucker around so that’s definitely something I think they should explore for future films. This film’s definitely a prequel that takes place three years before the first movie.”
Whannell has often costarred in his own movies, from Insidious to Saw and the upcoming Cooties as well as this week’s The Mule. Now that he’s directing Insidious: Chapter 3, he has to put other actors through the audition circuit. The tables finally turned on Dermot Mulroney! In describing that, he may have let slip the name of one of the main characters in Insidious: Chapter 3.
“I’ve been on the other side of the casting camera now. I’ve directed a movie and I remember sitting there for days and days bringing girls in for the role of Quinn in Insidious 3, bringing guys in for the role of her father. I know what it’s like on the other side and I just still can’t bring myself to enjoy it as an actor. But I do love creating stuff. I do love sitting down and creating the world. That’s the one thing I unabashedly love so if I get a chance to act in one of those worlds that I’ve created, then I’ll go for it.”
Directing and starring in Insidious: Chapter 3 makes Whannell the Clint Eastwood of horror movies. Actually, for his first time directing, balancing the two jobs was more of a challenge.
“In fact, without a word of a lie, I honestly forgot that I was in the film at one stage. I remember sitting there on the set and thinking, ‘Wait a minute, I’m in this movie.’ I had completely forgotten. It’s quite tough. I have to say I really respect people like Ben Affleck now who direct a film and star in it, not just play a supporting role but the lead role. There’s so much pressure on the lead actor in a film. How do you even split your brain into those two jobs? With Insidious, the pressure’s off. I’m playing a character who’s kind of a goof. He’s a supporting character. I have Angus to bounce off. It was hard acting in scenes that I was directing for sure but at least I was only there 30% of the time. I cannot imagine what it would be like to be number one on the call sheet as an actor and have my name at the top of the call sheet as the director as well. It must be the worst kind of mindf***.”
We’ll see Insidious: Chapter 3 June 5, and be sure to read all about The Mule in our full interview with Leigh Whannell.