Episode 154: James Wan Matters…But Why Tho?

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James Wan with the Jigsaw puppet from Saw

We’re kicking off the spooky season with an episode all about the guy who defined scaring theater audiences throughout the 2000s and 2010s: James Wan. In this episode, we dive into why James Wan matters to film as a whole, horror, and now superheroes. Also, we have to note that a lot of his genre-defining work as a director was done with the help of Leigh Whannell as a writer and the two of them share in a lot of the successes we talk about in this episode. We talk about how Saw brought the wave of ultraviolence into the United States and spurred the American filmmakers in the “Splat Pack” and how Insidious brought haunted houses (that aren’t found footage) back to the forefront and spurred a revival of theater horror and how that film defined an era of “wan-re.” Oh, and we defend Dead Silence as an underrated gem and all-ages and PG-13 horror.

If you’re unfamiliar with James Wan, he is a Malaysian–Australian film director, screenwriter, film producer. Having helped create 3 horror franchises, 1 horror universe, he also hasn’t let genre keep in one place. With Furious 7 and Aquaman, James Wan became only the second director to have two films not in the same franchise reach a billion dollars at the box office, and he became the first Asian and first Australian director to have a film make a billion dollars as well.

And, we do this all with the help of Prince Jackson, the host of Knight Light: A Horror Movie Podcast which is a part of the Bloody Disgusting Podcast Network. Knight Light is a podcast that takes a different horror film based on the theme of the month and breaks it down scene by scene (we spoil everything), which allows us to have a thoughtful conversation on the movie as a whole. Three Knights hold these discussions; Prince JacksonDavid Celarie, and Freddy Nuti!

You can follow him on Twitter @theheadknight and check out his podcast here.