According to Deadline, Insidious: Chapter 4 will be delayed until January 5th, 2018. Taking it’s place on October 20th, 2018 is Half to Death. The latter is the Groundhog Day of the horror genre and is directed by Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity 3).
It is not made clear why the dates were changed, whether due to marketing or production issues, but it doesn’t seem like a bad compromise between the two films. Insidious won’t be getting the pre-Halloween spot, but instead it will get a whole weekend to itself.
Hopefully the extra time gives the movie a chance to shine, as it is directed Adam Robitel and written by Leigh Whannell (who wrote Insidious: Chapter 3). A director known for long titles such as The Taking of Deborah Logan and Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension.
In addition, Insidious: Chapter 4 will see the return of actress Lin Shaye as the parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier. This is the main character, I believe, who faces the haunting in her family home. What more terrifying place to do so, indeed.
The film is produced by Jason Blum, Oren Peli, and James Wan; all of which have worked on the series before and are more than familiar with it. Nonetheless, we’ll have to wait until next year before we can decide whether or not this date change was a good idea or not. All depends on which film wins the best Halloween movie prize, I suppose, rather than a post-New Years horror flick.