SXSW 2011: Exclusive Video Interviews – James Wan, Leigh Whannell and Oren Peli Talk Insidious

By far one of this writer’s favorite movie experiences of the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival was checking out director James Wan’s latest genre effort, Insidious, which reteams Wan with his long-time collaborator Leigh Whannell.

The project was an idea that the duo had dreamed up even before they created their indie masterpiece Saw back in 2004, so when they were approached by producer Oren Peli for a new project last year, they revisited their idea for Insidious and knew the timing was right, especially with someone like Peli (who revolutionized the modern ‘things go bump in the night’ horror subgenre with his blockbuster Paranormal Activity) involved.

We had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Wan, Whannell and Peli while in Austin last week to talk about Insidious, and we’ve brought back three exclusive interviews with the trio below. Check out their thoughts on putting together the project and how the talented cast was assembled. We also check in with Wan about the subtle Saw shout-out in the film and what that means for the future of the franchise.

Don’t forget Insidious hits theaters on April 1st. Be sure to “like” the film by visiting the Insidious Facebook page, and follow it on Twitter at @InsidiousMovie.

This horror film is the terrifying story of a family who shortly after moving discover that dark spirits have possessed their home and that their son has inexplicably fallen into a coma. Trying to escape the haunting and save their son, they move again, only to discover that it was not their house that was haunted.

Insidious comes from the director-writer team of James Wan and Leigh Whannell (Saw) and is produced by the masterminds behind Paranormal Activity: Oren Peli, Jason Blum and Steven Schneider. The film stars Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins and Barbara Hershey.

SXSW 2011: Exclusive Video Interviews - James Wan, Leigh Whannell and Oren Peli Talk Insidious

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