Happy Birthday: James Wan

WILDsound Writing and Film Festival Review

james-wanJames Wan

Born: February 26, 1977 in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

I can’t point anything specific out, but I’m a big David Lynch fan, he’s a big influence on Saw, and another director I truly admire as well, is an Italian, Dario Argento? These two guys have a big impact on us, Deep Red, Lost Highway.

We think craft is important, and the irony has always been that horror may be disregarded by critics, but often they are the best-made movies you’re going to find in terms of craft. You can’t scare people if they see the seams.

Not many people realize this, but I’m a really squeamish guy. When I watch other horror films that are really over-the-top with their blood and guts, I cannot watch it. So if my threshold to something on-screen is at that level, you can imagine how my threshold is to all the pain and…

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