The name James Wan has become synonymous with quality horror films that have gone on to be very lucrative at the box office, making him one of the most successful horror directors in recent memory. Wan is producing the new film Annabelle, and to celebrate its release, we bring you our Top 5 Greatest James Wan films.
We’ve included only the films that Wan has directed for this list, although he’s a phenomenal writer and outstanding producer as well. Wan’s movies have set the box office on fire, as we’ll review in the listings below. We also must mention that Wan has been a producer on all the Saw films after the original, and in addition to the movies on the list, he was also a writer on Saw III and Insidious 2 as well as the upcoming Conjuring 2. And Wan produced Demonic and Insidious: Chapter 3, which have upcoming releases scheduled.
And now, the Top 5 Greatest James Wan films.
In Wan’s most recent writing/directorial foray, he dives into the world of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Famous for investigating the haunting of the Lutz Family that would go on to be known as The Amityville Horror, the Warrens had previously investigated another alleged paranormal event at the Perron home, and this would be the tale behind The Conjuring. Audiences ate the film up as it went on to gross $318 million worldwide on a $20 million budget. Now that is getting a bang for your buck! And the best part of the whole thing is the movie is really scary. Wan kills it in the climactic scene, making viewers cower in their seats as the final moments play out. The Conjuring is indeed Wan’s most downright frightening film and was so successful that you can count on seeing the sequel next year, and, of course, its spinoff, Annabelle.
The beginning of a tale that gets even darker and deeper with Insidious: Chapter 2, this movie sets the stage for another great James Wan film series. This is the first movie that would inspire Wan to direct a sequel as he felt there were more stories to be told here. Insidious was created on a meager $1.5 million budget and would go on to gross over $97 million at the box office. Another home run for Wan, who could basically now print money with his success in the horror genre. Insidious: Chapter 2 would continue the story with the same cast of characters, including a Wan favorite, Patrick Wilson, and co-writer Leigh Whannell in starring roles. A third installment in the series is scheduled for release in 2015, and it will be Whannell’s feature film directorial debut.