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->''"It's not the house that's haunted."''
-->-- '''{{Tagline}}'''

''Insidious'' is a 2011 thriller/horror film directed by Creator/JamesWan, co-creator of the ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' series (and director of ''Film/SawI'') and director of ''Film/TheConjuring''.

Josh and Renai Lambert have three children, the oldest being ten-year-old Dalton. As they begin to settle into a new home, they experience strange noises and other unexplained phenomena. Soon Dalton is rushed to the hospital in a coma, suffering a severe head injury after falling in the attic. Months slip by, and the doctors still have no explanation for his continuing coma. When the boy is returned home under his mother's care, more frightening events occur in the home. The mother is so horrified that she moves the family to a another new home in hopes of leaving the fearful memories behind them. The family quickly discovers that the haunting has nothing to do with their home, but rather from Dalton. Several scientific experts, led by psychic Elise, observe the son, the family and their home. They determine that Dalton is trapped on the other side in a dark world they call The Further. The parents team with the scientists to try to bring their boy back from The Further and save him from the clutches of a dark entity that hopes to claim him as his own.

A sequel, ''Insidious: Chapter 2'', was released on September (Friday the) 13th, 2013 and was once again directed by Wan. It follows the fallout of the first film as the Lambert try to move on from their previous experiences by moving to the residence of Josh's mother, Lorraine. However, it's soon made clear that the haunting has not yet stopped and in fact increases by a magnitude. The family race through time trying to discover the truth behind it and determine what connection it has with Josh, who seems to become the new target of haunting.

The third film, ''Insidious: Chapter 3'', is a prequel and was released June 5, 2015. It was directed by Wan's long-time friend and ''Saw'' co-creator Leigh Whannell. The film is set several years before the events of the first film and focuses on Quinn Brenner, an aspiring young theater actress who longs to speak with her deceased mother, Lillith. However, her life takes a turn for the worse when a mysterious entity starts to stalk and physically endanger her. Quinn's father, Sean, contacts paranormal investigators, including a jaded Elise, still recovering from the death of her husband, to help him save Quinn.

The fourth film, titled ''Insidious: The Last Key'', was announced in 2016. It was released on January 5, 2018 and directed by Adam Robitel (''Film/TheTakingOfDeborahLogan''). It is an {{Interquel}}, set between the events of the third and first films. Elise has been confronted by nightmares after nightmares about her past back when she was a girl living in an abusive household in the fictional town of Five Keys, New Mexico. She realizes that if she wants to stop whatever is haunting her old home from hurting people she loves, she will have to return to Five Keys and face it on her own.

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!!This film series provides examples of the following tropes:
* TwentyMinutesIntoThePast: Most of the events in the films don't veer far from 2010, the year the film was first shown (it had a wide release in 2011). ''Chapter 3'' is set "a few years before the Lambert haunting", so probably 2007 or 2008. Flashbacks do take place very far away (some events in ''Chapter 2'' seem to take place in the early 20th century), but they're, well, flashbacks.
* TheFifties: The prologue of ''The Last Key'' is set in 1952. A later flashback that shows 16-year-old Elise is set several years afterward.
* AMinorKidroduction:
** ''Chapter 2'' opens with Elise's first meeting with Lorraine and Josh Lambert, the latter still a boy Dalton's age, twenty four years before the events of the first film.
** The opening of ''The Last Key'' is set in 1952, when Elise was still a little girl.
* AbusiveParents:
** ''Chapter 2'': [[spoiler: Parker Crane's mother forcing him to dress and act as a girl rather than his own gender identity (male) is already a ''really'' bad start,]] but the fact that [[spoiler: she violently abused him whenever he acted like a boy, as well as forcing him to kill people for her multiple times]] is what really puts her over the edge.
** Gerald Rainier from ''The Last Key''. Good lord. The opening scene shows merely one of the many times he abused Elise - by hitting her with a stick and locking her in the cellar - due to fearing her powers. Elise was [[WouldHurtAChild less than 10 years old]] by this time. [[spoiler: It is later revealed that he was influenced by Key Face, but it doesn't make it any less sickening.]]
*** [[spoiler: Making it worse, he may not have been influenced by Key Face at the time.]]
* AdultFear:
** Most of the first half of the movie runs on this - your child being injured and screaming while you have no idea where he is, in an unfamiliar home; same child [[spoiler: falling into a coma after you sort of dismiss his head wound]]; the door being broken open, chain snapped and alarm blaring seconds after you check that no one is outside; strange people appearing in your children's rooms...
** In ''Chapter 2'', once again the baby monitor picks up speech from the baby's room. This time however, the door slams shut with the ghost inside, and when it finally opens the child is nowhere to be found.
** ''The Last Key'' has not one, but two:
*** Your daughter has a power that you don't understand, which also makes her the target of physical and emotional lashing by your husband because he is as confused and frightened as you are. [[spoiler: And you die, leaving your daughter and her brother to endure years of lashing from your husband, while you can only watch helplessly from the afterlife.]]
*** The second one starts out similarly: one of your daughters has a power that you don't understand and makes you frightened. But only not because it tends to attract terror; [[spoiler: the same power also appeared in your older sister, whom you were taught to shun by your father. You also honestly despise her because she left you to endure abuse from your father by yourself. A few days after your sister returns, your other daughter suffers an injury that modern medicine isn't able to cure...]]
* AlienGeometries: Accessible only through astral projection, way too big to be mapped and it takes minutes to travel miles.
* AlliterativeName: The Woman in White and the Bride in Black in ''Chapter 2''.
* AndIMustScream: A few of them exist from the residents of the Further, given its nature. [[spoiler: In Chapter 2, Josh cries out with a piano-bang JumpScare when Parker Crane prevents him from attempting to contact his family from within the Further-version of his home.]]
* AntiVillain: In the first film, Elise states that most of the lost spirits in the Further want to possess a living body simply because they desperately want to live again.
* AstralProjection: [[spoiler: How Dalton gets lost in The Further, and Josh gets him back.]]
* AudibleSharpness: In Chapter 2, when [[spoiler: Josh, as possessed by Parker Crane, ]] pulls a knife from behind [[spoiler: his]] back, there is a slight SHING.
* AxCrazy:
** In ''Chapter 2'', [[spoiler:Parker Crane. Justified considering [[FreudianExcuse what his mother did to him]].]]
** His Mother is off her rocker too, considering what she did to her son as well as the fact that she tries to [[spoiler: strangle Josh to death in the climax with an utterly maniacal SlasherSmile.]]
* BadassBeard: Tucker, the tall paranormal team member, has one.
* BaldOfEvil: The red faced demon does have some hair, but the top of his head is completely bald.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The third film's premise hinges on Quinn's futile request for Elise to contact her mother that ends up attracting a demon's attention to her. [[spoiler: All in all, she does manage to reach Lilith, but after suffering from a horrific haunting first.]]
* BigBad:
** The lipstick faced demon in the first film.
** The sequel has [[spoiler: Parker Crane and his mother Michelle Crane.]]
** ''Chapter 3'' has The Man Who Can't Breathe.
** ''The Last Key'' has Key Face.
* BigBadEnsemble: The Black Bride and The Man Who Can't Breathe in ''Chapter 3''. The former is a threat to Elise and the latter to Quinn. They work independently and never share any scenes. [[spoiler: At the end, the Lipstick Demon arrives to challenge Elise as well.]]
* BigDamnHeroes:
** [[spoiler: Elise does this twice in ''Chapter 2'', both times to save Josh first from the Long-Haired Fiend, then Michelle Crane.]]
** [[spoiler: LikeMotherLikeDaughter, Elise's mother, Aubrey does this in ''The Last Key'' to save her daughter from Key Face.]]
* BigGood: Elise, who continues to help the characters fight the malevolent spirits even after [[spoiler:her death]].
* BigRedDevil: The Lipstick-Faced Demon.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: [[spoiler: Michelle Crane]] sometimes sports these during ''Chapter 2''.
* BrickJoke: In ''Chapter 2'', as they prepare to try and [[spoiler:subdue a possessed Josh]], Specs and Tucer have an argument about which code word Carl should use if something should go wrong: "quesadilla" or "unicorn". Carl, annoyed, admonishes them for it. Later on, however, when [[spoiler:possessed Josh tries to throttle him]]:
--> '''Carl:''' ''(barely getting the word out)'' Quesadilla!
* BrokenBird: [[spoiler: Elise in ''Chapter 3''. She seems reluctant to help Quinn contact her mother and just seems like an unhappy person. However it's revealed the reason she's like this is due to the loss of her husband, Jack. She [[TookALevelInKindness takes the kindness level she has from the first two films]] once she gets a talk with Carl]].
* CallBack:
** [[spoiler: Chapter 2 shows us who was randomly knocking on the door and how it was left wide open before the family moved as Josh's spirit.]]
** [[spoiler: Young Josh's astral projection sequence from the beginning of the film gets explained twice. Elise lampshades it.]]
** [[spoiler: ''The Last Key'' reveals that the unseen presences Dalton saw in the attic back in the first film are Elise, Imogen, Melissa, and Aubrey.]]
* CallForward: In ''Chapter 3'', [[spoiler:Elise is nearly strangled twice by the Bride in Black. At the end, she tells Tucker and Specs that she will probably die by the demon's hand eventually, which is what happens at the end of the first film.]]
* CameBackStrong: [[spoiler: Elise and Aubrey are more powerful in death than when in life.]]
* ChekhovsGun:
** The song Renai plays in the first film is heard again, albeit not played quite as well, in the second film when the piano seemingly starts playing by itself. [[spoiler:It's a sign that Josh is trying to communicate with her from within the Further.]]
** Christian's whistle in ''The Last Key''. First played innocuously as a memorabilia that both Christian and Elise treasure because it is something given by their deceased mother., who promised that she "would surely come" for them if it is used. Elise later uses it to detect the presence of a woman locked in her house's basement. [[spoiler: It comes back in the climax when Elise blows it in desperation. Cue Aubrey kicking the demon's ass.]]
* ChekhovsGunman:
** The Bride in Black, [[spoiler:Parker Crane]], who has a small role in the first film and is the central antagonist in the second film.
** In ''Chapter 3'', when Elise went into The Further for the first time, she met a crying dead woman who is too afraid to tell her where the BigBad is. Thinking the woman has nothing to do with the BigBad, Elise ignored her at the time. Later, [[spoiler:it turns out that woman is also the BigBad's captive and she does know where The Man Who Can't Breathe is]].
* CoolOldLady: Elise, and Lorraine, to lesser extent.
* CrazyCatLady: In the prequel, one of Quinn's neighbours - although her craziness was most likely the ghost's fault. She tries to help Elise after death and eventually succeeds.
* CreepyCrossdresser: [[spoiler: The Bride in Black is revealed to be this in the second film.]]
* CreepyChild: The demon first appears to Renai in the form of a little boy. The [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2d/Insidious_poster.jpg cover art]] also seemed to imply that Dalton was this. [[spoiler: Unless you look at his pupil which says ''Help''. ]], though that's not really the case in-film.
* CreepyGood: Elise is a creepy old lady with PsychicPowers who talks about ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow as if she's discussing the weather...but she's legitimately trying to help the protagonists save their kid from evil spirits.
* CrosscastRole: The old woman haunting Josh is played by a man. [[spoiler:Becomes a plot point in the second film.]]
* CruelTwistEnding: [[spoiler:At the end of the first film, Josh turns out to be possessed by the Bride In Black, who uses him to murder Elise. It is somewhat mitigated by the following film.]]
* DaylightHorror:
** The demon first appears to Lorraine [[spoiler: in the front room of the Lamberts' second house]] in the middle of a sunny afternoon.
** Same for Chapter 2 with the Woman in White. She appears to Renai, nearly steals the baby, and knocks her out in the full bright of day.
* DecoyProtagonist: A small case, but Melissa and Imogen's introduction in the fourth film clearly sets up the former to be a major character of the film, possibly as Elise's sidekick. [[spoiler: Then the demon attacks her and her real body is sent to the hospital in a state of coma, while her real self becomes trapped in the Further. Shortly after, Imogen reveals that she is capable of astral projection. Melissa does not appear again until near the end.]]
* DemonicPossession: With Dalton's mind elsewhere, it leaves his body open to this. [[spoiler: Josh as well.]]
* DisappearedDad: Josh's father is nowhere to be seen. Lorraine is already a single mother when Elise met her for the first time in 1986.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:The first film ends with Josh being possessed by an old woman from The Further he encountered as a child, who then uses his body to kill Elise.]]
* DrivenToSuicide:
** [[spoiler:Parker Crane (aka the Bride in Black)]] killed himself by jumping out of a hospital window.
** In ''Chapter 3'', it turns out that the reason Elise is so unhappy at the beginning is because her husband Jack, who was suffering from depression, took his own life.
* EarnYourHappyEnding:
** [[spoiler:''Insidious 2''; Josh is finally freed from his possession and Carl hypnotizes him and Josh into forgetting their astral projection abilities, severing the family's ties to The Further for good.]] One could say the same for [[spoiler: Elise, Specs, and Tucker, considering that ''despite her death'', Elise still has contact with the two and they go onto another paranormal case]].
** [[spoiler: ''Insidious 3'' likewise ends with this. The Brenner family ultimately come off the haunting unscathed and manage to say goodbye to Lillith. Elise also decides to move from her grief and retakes her job as a parapsychologist.]]
** [[spoiler: ''The Last Key'' continues the tradition as Elise finally reconciles with Christian and his children. She also gets closure about her parents, both of whom appear to protect her while she is being locked in the Further. She also states that as she has found her family again, she no longer fears death, mitigating her death in the first film.]]
* FacialHorror: The tall, long-haired ghost (simply credited as Long Haired Fiend) that appears several times throughout the first film. When he's first seen, he looks fairly normal, albeit creepy. In his later appearances, his face appears mutilated to the extent that he's missing his lips and nose. [[spoiler:The sequel reveals that the damage was due to Elise burning his face with a lantern.]]
* ForTheEvulz: The Black Bride in ''Chapter 3'' attacks Elise in The Further just to show she's evil even if Elise was only there to help Quinn, whose soul is captured by another evil spirit, at the time.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Early on in the first film, Renai mentions to Dalton that they don't have any childhood photos of Josh, and that he's apparently terrible at keeping old photos. [[spoiler: It later turns out that there do exist childhood photos of Josh - except [[SpookyPhotographs the Bride in Black appears in the background of several of them]], and these photos were kept hidden from him by Lorraine after his memories of his astral projection ability were suppressed.]] This is also foreshadowed a bit later on, when Lorraine expresses surprise that Renai was actually able to convince Josh to pose for a family photo.
** After Dalton bangs his head, he looks towards the far end of the attic at something the audience never gets to see, which then makes a horrible cracking sound. Later, we learn that this cracking sound is associated with the demon.
** In the sequel, when Specs, Tucker, Lorraine and Carl first enter the Crane household, they all grimace at a foul smell coming from somewhere. [[spoiler:Not long after, they discover a hidden room filled with the preserved corpses of Parker Crane's victims.]]
* FreezeFrameBonus:
** The little ghost boy can be briefly seen before his more obvious appearances. He's simply standing facing a wall.
** In the sequel, the Mother can likewise be seen sitting down quietly before Renai encounters her.
%% * FreudianExcuse: See AbusiveParents.
* GrandTheftMe: Between Josh and the Bride in Black.
* GroinAttack:
** In ''Chapter 2'', Lorraine recalls that [[spoiler:Parker Crane]] was admitted to hospital after trying to castrate himself.
** PlayedForLaughs earlier in the same film when Tucker bangs his crotch into a table in Elise's reading room.
* HatePlague: [[spoiler: Key Face from ''The Last Key'' transforms patriarchs who live in the Rainier house into AxCrazy abusers who would lock women inside a hidden room in the cellar, where they would kill them, let the demon take their spirits to the Further, and then hide their remains in suitcases lodged in the airway. This happened not just to Gerald (who kidnapped and killed Anna) and Ted Garza (who kidnapped and almost kills Mara, but the latter is saved at the last second), but numerous other men in the past.]]
* HauntedHouse: Subverted. The Lamberts only ''think'' they have this problem.
* HumanoidAbomination: The red-faced demon, and, to a lesser extent, many of the ghosts.
* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace: It's full of the souls of the dead forced to relive their deaths. [[spoiler: And it also leads to Hell.]]
* ImmediateSequel: Barring the prologue, ''Chapter 2'' starts very shortly after the ending of the first film, with the police questioning Renai in the aftermath of [[spoiler: the death of Elise, and how Josh might have something to do with it]].
* InTheBlood:
** [[spoiler: Dalton's ability to astral project was inherited from Josh. His ability may have come from his mother.]]
** [[spoiler: The Rainier family turns out to pass on astral projection to their children as well. Elise has it, and while her brother doesn't, one of his daughters, Imogen, does. That would mean that Aubrey possessed it, as well, which is highly implied; although she acted frightened when Elise showed her powers back then, it might be because she feared for the abuse she would receive from Gerald. She shows up out of nowhere at the climax of ''The Last Key'' to defeat Key Face using a lantern in the Further, like Elise did in ''Chapter 2''.]]
* IronicNurseryTune:
** The demons in these films just enjoy children's toys/music, by the looks of it.
** In ''Chapter 2'', Renai sees the Woman in White singing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat".
* JumpScare: This film is filthy with them, but that doesn't make them necessarily bad. On the DVD special features, in a short documentary called "Horror 101", the creators say they were specifically trying to avoid the conventional "jump scare" which comes out of nowhere, carries no suspense whatsoever, and has no real meaning or effect on the plot; all the jump scares in ''Insidious'' are quite carefully built up to, and all of them serve to further the story.
* KilledOffscreen: [[spoiler: In ''The Last Key'', the audience is never shown Gerald's death in the real world, possibly due to old age. The irony is that he is probably the only member of the Rainier family that the audience ''[[AbusiveParents wishes]]'' a torturous death.]]
* LecherousLicking: In his appearance at the seance, the Long Haired Fiend grabs a horrified Renai and forcefully licks her face.
* LongLostRelative: In ''The Last Key'', a day after her arrived at Five Keys, Elise stumbles upon her brother, Christian, whom she knows very well yet are separated for years, and his daughters, Imogen and Melissa, whom she does not know about until now.
* MamaBear: Aubrey Reinier, Elise's mother. [[spoiler: In life and in death. Elise plays Christian's whistle and, out of nowhere, there she is, bypassing the spirit world and the Further in the blink of an eye. She proceeds to OneHitKill Key Face, a demon that previously defeated three people working in unison.]]
* TheMaidenNameDebate: Jack's surname in ''Chapter 3'' is stated in the credits to be "Rainier", suggesting that Elise adopted his surname after marriage. But ''The Last Key'' reveals that "Rainier" is Elise's surname from birth, meaning that he adopted her surname.
* MissingMom: Lillith Brenner from ''Chapter 3'' died tragically due to disease, leaving her husband and two children behind. Quinn attempting to contact her kick starts the film's plot.
* MurderSuicide: While in the Further towards the end of the first film, Josh sees this play out with the Smiling Family.
* MyBelovedSmother: Parker Crane has this, as well as being full-on [[AbusiveParents abusive]]. She continues to have a hold on him even after her death.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Elise, when she finds out that [[spoiler: her running away from home allowed her father to kill the black-haired woman she just saw beforehand, who was not a ghost, but very much alive.]]
* MyNaymeIs: "Cali" (Cally) and "Renai" (Renée).
* NayTheist: Possibly Elise. When she is handed a Bible in ''The Last Key'' while investigating, she casually puts it down. Though it is probably because she knows that the Bible does not work against this particular kind of demon.
* NeverMessWithGranny: Made more apparent in ''Chapter 3'' where after getting a pep talk with Carl, Elise goes to the Further to rescue Quinn while kicking the undead asses of the entities there ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome like a boss]]''. [[spoiler: See her lay the smackdown on the Bride in Black with her even making a BringIt gesture against her in the final moments of the fight as the best example.]]
* NeverTrustATrailer: Chapter 3 was advertised as "going back to the beginning". Somewhat true. The film does show us how Elise met Specs and Tucker but the main plot of the film, and the characters, have nothing to do with the first two films.
* NewHouseNewProblems:
** [[spoiler: Actually happens twice, after the family tries moving.]]
** And when they leave their second house to stay with Lorraine while the police work on it, Lorraine's house becomes haunted as well. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as the spirits are haunting ''people'', not houses.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Josh, instead of fleeing straight back to his physical body, spots the Bride in Black still stalking him and yells at her to leave him alone. This unfortunately only allows the Bride to steal his body and leave Josh's astral body trapped in the Further.]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler: Although the scene itself is terrifying and she has to fight tooth and nails to regain her own body, the Man Who Can't Breathe actually heals Quinn's leg and neck injuries that would otherwise take months (or even years) to heal naturally.]]
* NightmareFuelColoringBook: Dalton's drawings turn out to be images he drew of [[spoiler:his experiences in the Further]].
* NotAfraidOfYouAnymore: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. Upon encountering [[spoiler: the Bride in Black]] for the first time since childhood, [[spoiler: Josh]] starts yelling this almost word-for-word at her and appears to actually drive her off. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, this doesn't work. All it does is allow the Bride enough time to possess Josh's physical body and leave his soul trapped in the Further.]]
* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: In the prequel, Quinn is terrified to see a faceless woman crawling on the ground towards her. [[spoiler: It is revealed however that that woman is part of her soul -the part taken by the Man Who Cant Breathe- and as such is most likely that she was just trying to go back to her body.]]
* NothingIsScarier:
** The Dancing Boy scene can be extremely scary, because: 1) It happened during the [[DaylightHorror sunny day]] instead of darkly night; 2) It's just unnerving if you imagine a little kid appears in your house out of nowhere and wandering your house mischievously; 3) He even hides in the comatose Dalton's room's closet! Imagine if your child is in the same room with an entity from another world. Doubles with AdultFear, certainly; 4) For some people, a ghost in little kid's form can be scarier than ghost in adult form. Although, the Dancing Boy isn't actually malicious entity in the film; 5) Well, just see the FreezeFrameBonus. Unless your eyes are sharp enough, you probably won't even realize he was there in the first place; 6) This is also the first scene which made the song "Tiptoe through the Tulips" become scary in the film. Later when this song is played again, you know [[OhCrap something bad is going to happen]].
** When the mother goes to check on the baby during the night and [[spoiler: There is a man standing just behind the crib.]] Due to where the camera is focused and the curtains, it blends into the background. It's only after she looks up that you realize it was there from the moment she had walked into the room.
** The cliffhanger from the end of the sequel.
* OffscreenAfterlife: ''Chapter 2'' strongly implies that [[spoiler:Elise]] was in Heaven, or a similar dimension, before willingly returning to the Further to help [[spoiler:Josh]] once again.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Done by the Smiling Family.
* OhCrap: Elise, given her usual demeanor and motions in dealing with the supernatural, gives this face when something more sinister than imaginable comes into play. [[spoiler: [[SequelHook And, given her reaction at the end of Chapter 2...]]]]
* OnceMoreWithClarity: ''Chapter 2'': Elise's taped interview with Josh in 1986 is revisited in person via astral projection, explaining a young Josh's cryptic line, "I'll show you."
%% * OurDemonsAreDifferent
* OutOfCharacterAlert:
** In ''Chapter 2'', Renai becomes even more suspicious of [[spoiler:Josh]] when he doesn't recognise the tune that's been playing on the piano: [[spoiler:one of the songs she wrote for him.]]
** In ''Chapter 3'', Elise encounters her deceased husband, Jack, in the Further, who tries to persuade her to kill herself so [[TogetherInDeath they can be together again]]. [[spoiler:Elise knows that Jack would ''never'' ask her to do such a thing, revealing that this entity is actually the Bride in Black in disguise.]]
* PokeInTheThirdEye: [[spoiler: Elise receives a particularly brutal one from the demon during a seance. She survives it none too worse for the wear though.]]
* PossessionBurnout: [[spoiler: Josh]]'s body begins to deteriorate after being possessed by the Bride in Black. [[spoiler:It returns to normal when his soul returns to his body.]]
* PsychoStrings: Other than the SoundtrackDissonance, pretty much the entire soundtrack in the second half of the film.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Well, deader. Gerald's spirit defends Elise from Key Face and [[TakingTheBullet becomes impaled in the process]]. He says sorry and vanishes, presumably ceasing from existence.]]
* ScareChord: Plenty of them.
* SequelHook:
** The final shot of the first film sets up the plot of the second film.
** [[spoiler: The second film has a similar ending with Elise (presumably) seeing the lipstick-face demon from the first film again, as a sound effect associated with him plays during this moment.]]
** [[spoiler: The third film a prequel ends with Elise and her dog discovering a presence at her door... only for the lipstick demon to JumpScare out from behind her.]]
** [[spoiler: The fourth film's hook is an even more direct version of the third. Elise wakes up from her nightmare of Dalton being haunted by the Lipstick Demon and receives a call from Lorraine who tells her, as she has predicted, that Dalton needs help.]]
* ShipTease: Specs and Imogen in ''The Last Key''. PlayedForLaughs as this incites CockFight with Tucker that distracts the two from their case. [[spoiler: At the end, TheyDo. [[PairTheSpares Tucker woos Melissa]] instead.]]
* ShoutOut:
** In a scene where we see Josh behind his teacher's desk in the classroom, the face drawn in chalk on the blackboard is the puppet from ''Franchise/{{Saw}}''.
** In the scene where Elise tries to make contact with a dreaming Dalton, the gas mask she puts on looks exactly like the one used by [[ComicBook/TheSandman Dream of the Endless.]]
* SlasherSmile: A few of the spirits have them, most notably the Doll Girls. The Bride in Black sports a particularly maniacal one, too, as does [[spoiler:Michelle Crane]].
* SoundtrackDissonance:
** ''"Tiptoe to the window, by the window, that is where I'll be, come tiptoe through the tulips with me..."''
** ''"Row, row, row your boat . . ." ''
* SpookyPhotographs: [[spoiler: In the first chapter, these signify the ever approaching presence of the Old Woman in Black throughout the photos of Josh, and sets up the unfortunate reveal at its' end. In the second, while his body is occupied by the spirit, Josh consults his younger self--taking place in 1986--while in The Further, setting ''himself'' as the spirit when caught in a recorded still of that moment!]]
* SpookySeance: Elise convinces the family to try this so she can [[spoiler: bring back Dalton's spirit.]]
* StringyHairedGhostGirl:
** In ''Chapter 3'', [[spoiler: the ghostly crawling version of Quinn that appears in the Further is straight out of a Japanese horror movie.]]
** The fourth film has a Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl haunting Elise's childhood home. [[spoiler: In a twist, she is actually just a lost soul, was alive when Elise first met her, and is perfectly willing to lead Imogen to the Further.]]
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Elise mistakes Melissa for Aubrey because they look similar. She is actually her niece, or in other words, Aubrey's granddaughter.
* SupernaturalProofFather: At first. [[spoiler: Later it is revealed that the reason he was ignoring the evidence was that he too was haunted when he was young.]] Then again in the second film, where Josh repeatedly insists that their ghost troubles are over and nothing is wrong, but [[spoiler: subverted. It's actually Parker Crane in Josh's body saying that, because he doesn't want them to start investigating and realize he isn't Josh.]]
* TemptingFate: [[spoiler: ''Chapter 3'' has Elise discussing with Specs and Tucker that she'll probably die by the demon's hands eventually. ''The Last Key'' likewise has Elise tempting death again, stating that as she has now found her family, she no longer has any fear of death.]]
* ThoseTwoGuys: Tucker and Specs, in all three films.
* TitleDrop: Done by Elise. While some spirits in The Further can be benign ghosts, others have "a more insidious agenda."
* TookALevelInBadass:
** Dalton, in the sequel. [[spoiler: He saves his mother from being killed by a possessed Josh with a ball bat before diving into the Further to lead his father back to his body.]]
** Elise in all three films [[spoiler: but most especially in ''Chapter 3'' where she gives the Bride in Black a nice ass-kicking for having the gall to get in her way while she's trying to save Quinn.]]
* TooDumbToLive: Josh... twice in a row. Before entering [[spoiler: the Further]] he was very clearly told that he must act stealthy. Of course, once inside he questioned every being he met. So much for being stealthy. Then once back in his house, before [[spoiler: going back to his body]], he met [[spoiler: the Old Lady that tried to possess him when he was 8]]. With not much time left, he chose to yell at her (while she wasn't in any position to do something harmful against him or someone he cares about) instead of continuing on his way. In the end, the few seconds he lost [[spoiler: prevented him from coming back in our world, and lead to Elise's demise]].
* TheToothHurts: [[spoiler:Some of Josh's teeth fall out when his physical body is possessed by Parker Crane.]]
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: [[spoiler:"It's not the house that's haunted, it's your son."]]
* TraumaCongaLine: Elise's life story is nothing but [[TheChewToy this]]. [[spoiler: When she was a kid, she was abused by her father who told her that no one would love someone like her. Her mother died because she unwittingly let a demon into their house, something that continues to haunt her into old age, and her father, predictably, blamed her. Years afterward, she finally snapped and left. While Elise later married Jack and had a good life, that ended when Jack committed suicide and she started to see things that predicted her death. She is forced to come back to the supernatural world again to help a girl, which only drags her closer to death. Then when she tries to make amends by returning home, her brother lashes out at her for abandoning him alone, clearly showing that their father's influence had got through him. And her niece almost immediately gets killed due to her brother's make up attempt gone horribly wrong. She goes through this and [[HopeSpot finally gets closure from all of them]]...then Lorraine Lambert calls her. [[DownerEnding We know how it ends]]. Apparently, Specks is right when he says in ''Chapter 2'' that it's probably for the best Elise dies. Her life ''sucks''.]]
* TrueCompanions: Elise, Specs, and Tucker. The three obviously make a remarkable team of investigators, to the point where in [[spoiler: ''Chapter 2'' she's still with Specs and Tucker ''even when she's dead'']]. ''Chapter 3'' shows how they met for the first time and at the end of the story, they agree to work together.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Specs and Tucker spend a lot of time bickering and snarking at each other, but are shown to truly care about each other.
* WallCrawl: The red-faced demon briefly does this towards the end of the first film, when [[ChaseScene chasing after Dalton]].
* WhamShot: [[spoiler: Elise discovering in ''The Last Key'' that it's not just Mara and Anna who became victims of her house's HatePlague when she spots a suitcase containing human remains a few feet from Anna's suitcase. As she crawls deeper, she discovers another suitcase, then another, then another...]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** In the first film, Foster and Cali don't really appear again after [[spoiler: the family moves into the second house]]. It's briefly mentioned that they are staying with Lorraine.
** For that matter, the young boy apparition disappears halfway through the film. [[spoiler: However, since some of the apparitions in the first film are explained through ghostly time travel in the second film, it's possible that he, too, will be explained later.]]
** In the third film, Quinn's friends basically disappear after she becomes disabled and stuck at home. Maggie's last scene is during a video chat shortly after Quinn's release from the hospital, while Hector's is even earlier, during the birthday party. He does text Quinn in a pivotal moment preceding a major JumpScare scene, but that's the last time we hear of him.
* WolverineClaws: The [[BigBad demon]] has them.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: ''Chapter 2'': [[spoiler: Parker Crane, who in spite of his monstrous actions, is pitiable, courtesy of his horrible backstory.]]
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