With the latest ‘Insidious’ prequel installment in theaters I’ve seen more than a handful of comments referencing the cliffhanger “Insidious: Chapter 2” left us with. Now, before I get into further details, I have to say that this post will be getting into spoilers for all of the “Insidious” films including “Insidious: The Last Key.” SO, if you haven’t seen the latest movie and don’t want spoilers, AVOID THIS POST! Alright, with that being said, let’s get into it.
Okay, if you don’t remember how “Insidious: Chapter 2” ended let me give you a refresher. In “Insidious” Elise meets a grisly fate and dies at the very end and that leaves her as a spirit for “Insidious: Chapter 2.” By the end of the film she’s still working with her assistants Specs and Tucker, but they can’t see her. At the very end we see the trio responding to a new case after the issues with the Lamberts are resolved. As the film ends we see ghost Elise attempting to comfort a young girl, before being startled by an unseen presence. You can see it for yourself below.
So naturally everyone wants to know: what the hell does Elise see at the end of that clip?! A popular theory is that it’s the Lipstick Demon, who plagued the Lambert family. Whatever it was, we never found out as the next film in the franchise, “Insidious: Chapter 3,” is a prequel and the subsequent film “Insidious: The Last Key” is as well. So will we ever find out what was going on at the end of Chapter 2?
Well, in 2015 I got the chance to talk to series writer and star Leigh Whannell about the possibility of revisiting the end of “Chapter 2” and here’s what he had to say:
It could be explored in the future. I kind of never the liked the idea of the film being about Lin (Elise) as a ghost. It could’ve gotten a bit silly if it’s just Specs and Tucker going ‘I think she’s here with us.’ And we have her behind us. I like the idea of going back in time, cause I wanted Lin’s character to be alive. And that’s what we did. I think a lot of people go ‘Prequel?! But I want to find out what happened at the end of the second film!’ And I really think that desire to find out about the second film goes away, because when you watch the film it just sucks you into this whole new universe. And that’s been our experience testing the film
So, yeah, sounds like they were more interested in having films focused on a living Elise than a dead one. And it makes sense since no one else can talk to Elise. After all, in the film series she has been the only willing adult with the gift to talk to spirits. That was… until the most recent film. (Spoilers for The Last Key ahead).
In “The Last Key” we learn that Elise’s niece has the same ability as her and can communicate with the dead. Seems like an interesting revelation that would come in handy for a paranormal team in dire need of a medium. Here’s my theory!
So if a sequel to “Insidious: Chapter 2” picks up where the movie ended, we could see that Specs and Tucker are in way over their heads and the inability to coordinate with Elise on this crazy new spirit forces them to seek an outside consultant. One of them suggests recruiting Elise’s niece as she has experience with the Further and ghosts and is, most importantly, an adult with a connection to Elise. The film could then set her up as the new lead for Specs and Tucker and would give Elise the proper send off as she no longer needs to hang around and protect them now that the niece is doing it.
So, what do you think? Does it sound plausible? Would you still want to see a sequel to Chapter 2? Let us know below.