James Wan made a name for himself with this directorial debut Saw. The independent low-budget horror film spawned six sequels and has since become one of the highest grossing franchises ever. Saw is perhaps one of the most influential horror films of the decade. In light of its measly $1.2 million price tag the film’s quality relative to bigger-budget horror films is striking, and best of all it introduced a new horror icon in Jigsaw. But while the Saw franchise continued to find success, James Wan did not. His two follow ups Death Sentence and Dead Silence both bombed at the box office and received some incredibly bad reviews from film critics.
Well now the director is back with Insidious, one of the films playing SXSW’s Midnight Features slate later next month. It’s a film that Jame Wan has been quoted as saying is “the Poltergeist for this generation”. Insidious stars Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Ty Simpkins, Andrew Astor, Angus Sampson, Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell and Chelsea Tavares. The film is produced by Wan and Paranormal Activity creators Oren Peli, Jason Blum and Steven Schneider, and is written by original Saw screenwriter Leigh Whannell.
Official plot synopsis:
When proud parents take possession of an old house, an accident results in one of their sons falling into a coma. The tragedy doesn’t stop there when they are beset by vengeful spirits from another realm in this new chiller by the director and writer of Saw and by the producers of Paranormal Activity.
trailer via: Beyond Hollywood
The film opens April 1st, 2011.