“INSIDIOUS” WEEK: JAMES WAN & LEIGH WHANNELL TALK ABOUT THE “SAW” LEGACY


Insidious, one of the best original American horror films to come out in awhile, gets a wide theatrical release this Friday, April 1, and The DLB suggests you stop complaining about all the remakes and sequels clogging up cinemas and go see it.

Leigh Whannell (l) & James Wan (r) of "Insidious." Photo: Sean Plummer

Insidious stars Patrick Watson (Watchmen) and Rose Byrne (Get Him To The Greek) as Josh and Renai, young parents whose son Dalton (Ty Simkins) falls into what appears to be a coma. To make matters worse, the couple’s house appears to be haunted. But it’s not the house that’s haunted, it’s their son.

I sat down in Toronto last week with Insidious‘s director James Wan and screenwriter/co-star Leigh Whannell to discuss the film, as well as the legacy of Saw, the first film they worked on together which, of course, went on to make tons of money and spawn multiple sequels of varying quality. I’ll be presenting that interview throughout the week. Here the duo talks about the impact of Saw upon their lives.

It’s been seven years since we last spoke and Saw became a success. What have been the biggest advantages and disadvantages of being the team which created the Saw franchise?

Leigh: One of the advantages is having of our life dreams fulfilled. We’ve spent most of our lives wishing to be involved in the film industry somehow, before we even knew what a film industry was.

I remember being six-years-old, not having any idea about the mechanics of how films are made but wanting to be a part of this world. Whatever world you had to be in to create Star Wars, I wanted to be a part of it. And so Saw was our entree into that world. We can call our hobby our job.

Any disadvantages?

James: Well, the disadvantage is it’s the typical Hollywood thing. Once you’re successful in one thing, that’s all they see you as good at, and so they pigeonhole you. And so Leigh and I are film lovers so it’s really hard for us to go off and try to make other movies outside the genre because they don’t work that way. That’s the one downside to it.

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