As Insidious Chapter 2 prepares to terrify audiences in multiplexes, director James Wan has told Moviefone that he has no plans to return to the horror genre.
"I'm going to go on record and say I am finished with the horror genre. Conjuring and Insidious 2 are my two last scary movies… I spent the last ten years of my life doing this. It's time for a change, for goodness sake.
If you do a successful comedy, then you're known as 'The Comedy Guy'. If you do a successful car chase movie, then you become that guy. So I'm a student of cinema, so I just want to make sure I get the chance to make other kinds of films."
James Wan‘s retirement from horror will likely spell the end for his long time creative partnership with actor/writer Leigh Whannell, the duo have worked together since their debt feature Saw struck a chord with audiences in 2004. Leigh Whannell wasn’t involved with The Conjuring which took the prize of highest grossing horror movie of the year after an impressive run at the box office.
They previously stepped out of the horror genre to make revenge thriller Death Sentence starring Kevin Bacon in 2007. James Wan is currently working on Fast and Furious 7 after Justin Lin dropped out, this marks the first big budget studio movie for Wan and the beginning for the next stage in his directorial career. As a huge horror fan I have to admit this news is a serious blow for a genre that is becoming more reliant on found footage and endless gore. Insidious and The Conjuring are both excellent modern horror examples that prove you don’t need buckets of blood to make millions of people shriek with terror. Horror’s loss is big budget action’s gain.
Insidious Chapter 2 is unleashed Friday the 13th of September.