Blumhouse founder and CEO Jason Blum addresses a potential crossover movie between the Insidious and Sinister franchises, revealing the truth behind whether one ever was considered. Leigh Whannell and Scott Derrickson’s respective supernatural horror movies were features made under the company’s low-budget strategy for under $3 million, leading to incredible box office grosses and allowing Blumhouse to establish itself as one of the most well-known horror-focused companies operating in Hollywood today. Both Insidious and Sinister launched their own respective franchises, with Insidious receiving four subsequent films and Sinister getting a sequel in 2015.
As Insidious: The Red Door prepares to hit theaters in July, Blum shared with Cinepop his own perspective on a crossover between the series and Sinister, revealing that a crossover had been considered in the past. However, it hit some bumps on the way and no longer seems to be in active development. Check out Blum’s full explanation below:
“I think it would be fun, but we need to find the right story. We developed it for a while, like you said, you’re right, we developed it for a while, but we could never think of a big movie. And I didn’t want to do one movie just to combine the two franchises. I wanted to make a movie that felt really good. We never had a great idea, but I’m up for it.”
Why Horror Crossovers Are Difficult To Make
The concept of horror crossovers has long been part of the genre in Hollywood and beyond thanks to the Universal Monsters franchise’s crossovers. For example, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man brought Bela Legosi’s patchwork man face-to-face with Lon Chaney Jr.’s cursed monster. However, it is also an incredibly complicated type of film to undertake. As such, while a crossover between franchises such as Insidious and Sinister isn’t unprecedented, bringing the match-ups to film has been less successful.
While the 2000s saw Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees battle in Freddy vs. Jason and the Xenomorphs swarmed Yautja warriors in the Alien Vs. Predator duology, other pitches combining horror icons were never brought to the screen, including a potential crossover between Halloween and Hellraiser. A movie involving Michael Myers becoming a Cenobite was considered following Freddy vs. Jason, but the idea was ultimately discarded due to producer Moustapha Akkad rejecting it. Akkad’s reasoning was similar to Blum’s explanation for avoiding an Insidious and Sinister crossover. While throwing famous horror monsters together may sound exciting, it can be hard to provide a cohesive narrative.
While Blum is still open to future crossovers between the Insidious and Sinister franchises, Blumhouse’s difficulty in finding a story may mean it’s too late. Insidious: The Red Door is the last film in the franchise’s main narrative, and since 2015, Derrickson has gone on to develop other successful horror hits rather than revisiting the Sinister franchise. With both properties seemingly reaching their end, it may be best for Blumhouse Productions to leave the idea of a crossover behind.