This episode is inspired by true events. A discussion about the recent theatrical winner The Conjuring ended up expanding into a very loose director’s spotlight of James Wan. It was an interesting look back at the brief filmography of a director who has until now focused entirely on the horror genre and delivered some truly impressive successes. From the original Saw film which arguably impacted the direction of the horror genre in whole for a number of years through to his latest Amityville Horror inspired haunted house story we discuss the highs and lows of a very interesting career path.
The massive hit that Saw became opened the doors for Wan to direct Dead Silence and Death Sentence. Very different films which both failed to perform at the box office. His recent (very) low budget possession flick Insidious again blew the doors off expectations resulting in another expanded budget opportunity The Conjuring which has cemented Wan’s status. In looking back over films we have covered in the past, it allowed an opportunity to reconsider the issues and criticims levied to ultimately conclude that while the films are wholly unoriginal in terms of the basic storylines (yes, even Saw has a lot to owe to Seven), this filmmaker has a true visual eye and offers the genre fan earnest attempts to entertain with atmosphere and frights.
Other miscellaneous topics include the recent discovery of the lost Wicker Man footage, thoughts on Pacific Rim, Superman vs Batman, and a quick The Wire update. Shlock corner returns to the How It Should Have Ended animated shorts, this time riffing on Man of Steel with an alternative climax to the movie. Please consider a book club submission as we approach the next convening of the Horroretc Book Club.
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