Leigh Whannell has been a storyteller since he was a very young boy living in Australia. According to IMDB.com (2012), Whannell’s “primary love was getting a reaction from an audience” which he attempted to do in many different venues. As a teenager he raked in much success as the host of an Australian teen news show which became popular nationwide. He was able to meet many famous people and interview some of the greats of the film industry.
However, his one passionate desire was to make a film. He attempted to break into the Hollywood film industry through acting but he had very little luck. Eventually, he got fed up and decided to raise the money to make a film by himself. Teaming up with his old friend James Wan, Whannell raised up money to create his first low budget horror film Saw (2004). The movie was obviously extremely popular and since then, he has been able to publish many more films from the Saw series as well as other films.
Whannell is an example of a person who decided what they wanted and went after it. When he couldn’t find any paths to lead him to the American film industry, he forged one himself. His own ideas and hard work paved his way to success. With his latest film Insidious (2010), Whannell has distinguished himself as a true creative genius and a pioneer in the horror industry. There definitely won’t be an end to his career any time soon.
Written by:Leigh Whannell (Screenplay), James Wan (Screenplay)
Script Synopsis:Obsessed with teaching his victims the value of life, a deranged, sadistic serial killer abducts the morally wayward. Once captured, they must face impossible choices in a horrific game of survival. The victims must fight to win their lives back, or die trying...
It’s difficult to make a horror film that can make a big enough impression with audiences to spark an entire franchise. Many directors have attempted to capture an audience with stunning monsters, open-ended story lines and intense special effects. However, audiences are difficult to please and it’s not uncommon for these movies to fall directly into obscurity.
But there are times when a horror movie is good enough to really get the attention of horror film addicts and the general movie-goers as well. These films, for some reason or another, just have the chemistry of a horror film concocted in a perfect manner to attract an audience and keep them wanting more.
For the aspiring horror film writer, these films are crucial for understanding what balance of story and characters is necessary to create a perfect franchise and the best way to start is at the beginning. Contained in the list below is the premiere films of several different successful franchises spanning from the 1970’s to today. Upon close observation, an aspiring screenwriter may be able to recognize a pattern and therefore figure out a “formula” for creating the perfect scary movie. For those who choose to set upon this journey, I wish you good luck in finding the Holy Grail of the horror industry.