The Jakarta Post
James Wan at "The Conjuring" premiere in Los Angeles, US, in July 2015. (Shutterstock/Helga Esteb)
Ever wonder what lies inside of the mind of horror movie creators? Do they still get scared when watching horror films, while knowing how they were made?
Prior to the release of The Conjuring 2, The Jakarta Post had the chance to talk with James Wan on Thursday through an exclusive phone interview. The Malaysian-born Australian director of The Conjuring, Saw, and Insidious franchises shared his thoughts on the aforementioned sequel and horror movies in general.
The Jakarta Post: How do you think people will like The Conjuring 2 compared to the first movie?
James Wan: I hope people will like "The Conjuring 2" because I think it is a very natural and organic progression of the first movie. It expands on the world of what people love about the first film; the scares of it but the characters ultimately are there as well. I’m hoping that people who love the first movie will have more stories they can latch onto with the sequel.
Where do you look for inspiration in creating horror movies?
I try to pull my inspirations from everyday life. If I came across a situation that is like, “Oh, that’s going to be scary, that’s going to be frightening”, that’s when I get inspired and I put that into my films. I use myself as a measuring yardstick, and so if I come up with an idea that really scares me, then I’d like to think that people out there would feel the same way as well.
Why are you interested in horror movies?
Because growing up, I watched a lot of movies when I was a young kid and I enjoy the genre. I love to be scared in the safety of a movie theater. It is like a thrill ride; like a roller-coaster ride. You go on this ride of excitement and thrill and suspense but, at the end of the day, when the movie has ended, you can leave -- hopefully you can go back to the safety of your own world. I really like the excitement that it provides.
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What's your favorite horror movies?
It depends. I have a lot of horror movies that I really enjoy, from the good ones to the bad ones. But the horror films that had an impact on me growing up as a kid were Poltergeist and Jaws.
Five reasons to watch "The Conjuring 2"?
It’s scary, it’s fun, you can bring your date to the movie, it’s a really good story and great acting. (kes)