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The film was shot in just three weeks.
Thirty-three violins were used for the theme music.
Director Trademark (James Wan): [puppet]: (At around 30 minutes) When Josh is in the classroom, on the chalkboard behind him, the name "James Wan" can be clearly seen, as well as a drawing of Billy, the puppet from Wan's Saw (2004), with the number "8" written under it.
In 2015, there was an Insidious-themed maze at Universal Studios, Orlando for the annual event of Halloween Horror Nights. The maze was based on all three "Insidious" films.
The film was originally going to be named "The Further."
In the movie, when the logo of "Insidious" flashes on the screen, one can clearly see the letters "DIO" highlighted, which means "God" in Italian.
Ethan Hawke turned down the role of Josh Lambert.
The film won two Fright Meter Awards in 2011, Best Horror Movie and Best Supporting Actress for Lin Shaye.
(At around 30 minutes) When Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) is dismissing his class, the names "Yesim Osman" and "Leslie Borchard" can be seen written on the chalkboard. Leslie Borchard was a hairstylist for this film, and Yesim 'Shimmy' Osman was the hair department head.
In the scene where Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) dismisses his class, there is a drawing of Billy from the "Saw" movies on the blackboard in the background.
Josh's mother in the film is named Lorraine. Coincidentally, Patrick Wilson (Josh) would later go on to play Ed Warren, husband of Lorraine Warren, in "The Conjuring", which was also directed by James Wan.
During the record player scene, the little boy can be seen facing the wall in the cloak room.
This was the first film distributed by Filmdistrict.
This is the second project involving horror where Barbara Hershey stars in, after The Entity (1982). In that film, Carla Moran (Hershey) is pursued by an evil being. Curiously, in this movie, her son Josh, played by Patrick Wilson, is pursued by an evil being.
In this movie, as well as its sequel, Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013), Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) is pursued by ghosts who want to invade his physical body. This is the opposite way of A Gifted Man (2011), where Michael Holt (Patrick Wilson) is capable of seeing Anna Paul's ghost (Jennifer Ehle), in order to better him as a doctor and a person.
James Wan, who directed both Insidious 1 & 2 and The Conjuring 1 & 2, had The Conjuring franchise in mind, while directing the first Insidious movie. A number of coherent points can be spotted in both the first and the second Insidious movies
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The second time Lin Shaye appeared in a movie about the afterlife. She was the high school teacher in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
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Barbara Hershey's name would later be mentioned in the future movie Spy 5 years later (the film which also starts Rose Byrne.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Although the Old Woman demon is played by a man, it was not until they started working on the sequel that the filmmakers decided that the character was actually a man dressed as a woman.
The composer, Joseph Bishara, also acts in the film, playing the demon who tries to take Dalton's soul (Lipstick-Face Demon).
At around 1 hour and 12 minutes) Josh looks through several pictures of his younger self when he finds out that he can astral project. In one of them, he can be seen carrying a dog, which belongs to director James Wan.
In the scene where Dalton sheets are covered in red handprints, it is mistaken for blood, but is actually red lipstick. The red faced demon (known as the "lipstick demon", using his hands to apply his "signature red look") leaves the handprints, showing how close he already was to Dalton at this point in the film.

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