Why James Wan’s “Malignant” is So Divisive

After spending a few years away from horror, making films like Furious 7 and Aquaman, James Wan’s return to this genre was a momentous occasion.  His love and passion for the genre clearly shows as he wanted to make another horror film before getting to work on the Aquaman sequel, and that film was the hotly anticipated Malignant. Having been out for nearly a week … Continue reading Why James Wan’s “Malignant” is So Divisive

How Leigh Whannell and James Wan Changed Horror (Twice)

Most writers and directors could only dream of making a movie that’s so popular and has such an impact so as to create a shift in the genre itself. George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead led to the birth of the zombie subgenre,  John Carpenter’s Halloween lead to the slasher boom of the 80’s, and Wes Craven’s Scream led to slashers going full … Continue reading How Leigh Whannell and James Wan Changed Horror (Twice)

“Insidious” vs. “Sinister” vs. “The Conjuring”

The 2010’s saw a shift in horror as far as popular trends go. Ultra-violent “torture porn” like Saw and Hostel had dominated the 2000’s, but as the 2010’s dawned demonic/paranormal horror movies became the popular norm. One could argue it began with Paranormal Activity in 2009. And while it was definitely a paranormal film (it’s even in the title), it was a bigger inspiration in … Continue reading “Insidious” vs. “Sinister” vs. “The Conjuring”