How Insidious Director James Wan Celebrated the Horror Movie’s 11th Anniversary

Can you believe the beloved horror franchise Insidious will be 11 this year? It seems like only yesterday that the trailer for Insidious appeared in early previews. Franchise Director James Wan couldn’t be prouder of his momentous project. This is how Wan celebrated the 11th anniversary of Insidious.

James Wan released the instagram a photo of the lipstick-faced demon from the horror franchise. In his caption, he said he wanted to stay away from the disturbing pitfalls of his previous film Seen and do something with astral projection and dimensional travel. Wan and his screenwriter and actor, Leigh Whannell, decided to create their own version of a ghost story for little money in order to have creative control over the project.

After Saw, I wanted to shake up the “torture-porn” label and do something less graphic and more atmospheric. Being big fans of ghost stories and haunted houses, Leigh Whannell and I wanted to do our own version of these movies, and we felt we could do it with very little money to retain full creative control. We felt that the most important thing the movie needed was to be scary, so we dove into the spooky world of astral projection (a subject that fascinates me) and dimensional travel.

Did you know that the original title of the project was going to be The farthest? James Wan continues in his post that he felt the word “insidious” sounded cooler for a movie about the ghostly possession of an entity from another dimension. Thankfully, Whannell agreed and penned a screenplay that was both chilling and moving. This the haunted house genre would return in another of Wan’s horror franchises, Conspiracy.

This horror director goes on to say how lucky he was to have the Insidious to throw and the crew he made for such a low budget film. This iconic horror film was shot in 24 days and edited on his home computer using Final Cut Pro. Wan felt like he was back to when he was a film student, as wires were all over the house during filming.

For such a low-budget movie, we were lucky enough to bring together a terrific crew and a terrific cast – the incredible Lin Shaye, Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson (that guy!), Ty Simpkins and Barbara Hershey. We shot the whole movie in 24 days, which is 6 more than SAW! I edited it at home on my home computer (much like what I’m doing right now on Aquaman 2 but with a bit more money) with Final Cut. My associate editor, Dennis, sat in the breakfast room, with wires running from his computer to the kitchen and to the computer Kirk and I were working on. It really reminded me of when I was a film student.

It was initially rumored that a fifth movie could be coming with the Insidious series. You’ll be happy to know, Insidious fans, that James Wan concluded his post by announcing that the fifth movie will be starring Patrick Wilson not only in film but also in directing! This new director should delight fans of the franchise since Wilson played the character of Josh Lambert in the first two films. This should give him a good idea of ​​what the world of Insidious should look like for the fifth chapter while staying true to the vision James Wan gave.

Be sure to check out our new movie releases so that you stay updated for when the fifth chapter of Insidious hits theaters. As James Wan says, “live the furthest”.