Director James Wan has been on a downward slope since Saw. His ultra low-budget horror debut may not have been a huge hit with critics, but as you have surely deduced from the six sequels it’s spawned, the film performed like gangbusters with audiences. His two follow-up efforts, meanwhile, did not. Death Sentence performed miserably at the box office, and Dead Silence didn’t fare much better. Critics hated both.

James Wan has two strikes against him now, and is in desperate need of a hit if he has any intention of reclaiming his past glory.

Good thing Wan has Insidious, a film he’s been quoted as saying he wants to be “the Poltergeist for this generation”. This time around, he’s teamed up with Paranormal Activity creators Oren Peli, Jason Blum and Steven Schneider — a fact the trailer eagerly promotes, though obviously without acknowledging that they’re only serving in a producer capacity — and reunited with Saw screenwriter Leigh Whannell. Its story revolves around a family looking to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further. Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne star, with Barbara Hershey in a supporting role. The film premiered at TIFF 2010 as one of its Midnight Madness selections, and generated great buzz. Check out the trailer after the break. Read More »

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Original Saw creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell are going to film a new low-budget horror picture this summer called Insidious, with Wan directing from a script by Whannell. Making the project a bit more interesting, Oren Peli, Jason Blum and Steven Schneider, the guys behind Paranormal Activity, are producing. Read More »

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Oh, delicious irony. This is the tenth anniversary of The Blair Witch Project, and to celebrate we have the release of The Blair Wit…er, Paranormal Activity. The inheritor of the witch’s low-budget, word of mouth horror crown has scored a massive PR coup by generating enough interest to earn a wide release, and director Oren Peli is already at work on his next film, Area 51. Not wanting to let their moment escape (the real lesson to be learned from the success of Blair Witch) Paranormal‘s producers are also lining up new projects. The most prominent among them, The Jealous One, actually sounds like it could be a cool Hitchcockian thriller. Read More »

WETA Comes Home

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WETA Workshop has signed on to create practical and creature effects for director Kristoffer Aaron Morgan’s independent horror film, The Home. Written by friend of /Film, Eric Vespe, better known to the masses as Quint from Ain’t It Cool News, and produced by Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity), the film is currently being shopped around for financing. Described as a “character driven, atmospheric, twisted creature flick”, The Home tells the story of a firefighter who “is nearly killed during a failed rescue that leaves him physically and emotionally scarred. To recuperate, he is taken to a secluded nursing home where the elderly residents appear to be suffering from delusions. But after witnessing a violent attack, he soon realizes that the screams behind the walls are caused by more than hallucinations, and the residents are being preyed upon by twisted, monstrous nightmares that lurk within the home itself.” Sounds rather creepy.

Congratulations to Kristoffer and Eric for landing the five-time Academy Award-winning effects team behind Lord of the Rings. The duo last teamed up for the 2004 short film Blind, which screened at the 2004 South by Southwest Film Festival. Check out that short film embedded after the jump.

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