James Wan has been in the horror genre for almost ten years, and in that time he has certainly given horror fans many fond memories. Bursting on to the scene with the exceptional torture-porn horror, Saw in 2004, Wan and writing partner Leigh Whannell were instant horror heroes. The first Saw is, and always will be the best of the series, even though it spawned many sequels, the power of that first film could never be matched. Wan and Whannell talked of doing a sequel themselves, should the script be right for them, but sadly there is no chance of them returning to that franchise which has now all but finished.
After Saw, Wan and Whannell worked again on the creepy puppet horror Dead Silence in 2007, and then in the same year Wan went solo and directed the bleak, brutal thriller Death Sentence with Kevin Bacon in the starring role. It was in 2010 that Wan properly returned to horror (with Whannell writing again) with the awesome haunted house (sort of) classic, Insidious. The film became one of the most loved horror films in years, and was bloody scary! Wan has paved a new design of horror blending old school creations with up to date techniques, and Insidious was quite unique.
He bettered those designs with this years biggest horror film so far, the true life story of The Warrens in The Conjuring, a film which I adored. The Conjuring showed Wan maturing from what he did in Insidious, and proving that he really was a master of his craft. Together, Wan and Whannell were unstoppable, and the mere mention of their names had horror fans excited. Insidious: Chapter Two may have been a step back in quality, but it didn’t stop the film becoming the second biggest September opener of all time, so it is with great regret that I have to report on Wan’s exit from the genre today.
We all knew it was coming, and Wan had stated before that Insidious: Chapter Two would be his last horror film. Now that the director is moving on to direct Fast & Furious 7, the hope that fans had that maybe he would simply be taking a short break from the genre have now been destroyed. Wan has now officially told Moviefone that he’s done with the horror genre.
“I’m going to go on record and say I am finished with the horror genre. Conjuring and Insidious 2 are my two last scary movies.” he said.
Wan then continued: “I spent the last ten years of my life doing this. It’s time for a change, for goodness sake!”
I guess when you look at it like that then it makes sense, Wan always appeared to be a director moving forward, and if leaving a genre after ten years is a way forward, then good for him. He may also have thought that Insidious: Chapter Two did not quite have the flare and brilliance of the first film, and that could have triggered something in him to say its time for a change. Either way, he leaves the horror genre on a massive high, and no doubt if he is simply having a break and does intend to come back some time in the future, fans would welcome him back.
“Hollywood puts you in a box. If you do a successful comedy, then you’re know as The Comedy Guy. If you do a successful car chase movie, then you become that guy. So I’m a student of cinema, so I just want to make sure I get the chance to make other kinds of films.” he said.
Now that Insidious: Chapter Three has been confirmed, with Whannell returning to write, whoever takes over as director has a mighty legacy to follow.