Clever director James Wan posts about the horror filmmakers who inspired his next film, which takes him back to his horror roots.
Smart Director James Wan posted an article about his horror film influences for his upcoming genre film. The story follows Madison (Annabelle Wallis), who suffers from having visions of brutal murders, although she discovers that these “dreams” unfold in real time. The screenplay is written by Akela Cooper (Luke Cage) based on an original story concept by Wan, Ingrid Bisu (The nun) and Cooper. Smart is slated to hit theaters and on HBO Max on September 10, 2021.
Wan turned horror cinema upside down with Saw in 2004, which gave rise to several sequelae. While he has not been tied as a director since the original or executive producer since Seen: the last chapter, it evolved in favor of other projects. He produced horror phenomena of which the first two Insidious films and the first two parts of Conspiracy. However, he broadened his horizons by occupying the director’s chair for major Hollywood action films, such as Aquaman and furious 7. The majority of his other credits are in the role of a producer.
Pale posted on Facebook to give an overview of Smart. He wanted to go back to his independent genre roots. Although he noted that it was an original story, he drew inspiration from the works of Mario Bava, Dario Argento, Brian De Palma and David Cronenberg. This film will be his love letter to the horror thrillers of the 1980s. See below for Wan’s Facebook post:
Smart recently released their trailer, which displays the inspirations Wan mentioned in his Facebook post very well. It is not the first time that he has spoken of his appreciation for these filmmakers, either. Bava is best known for works such as The mask of Satan, Kill baby, kill!, and A berry of blood. Argento is also recognized as a “master of horror” for his work on films such as Suspiria, Darkness, The bird with the crystal plumage, among many others. De Palma’s psychological thrillers have made waves across the genre with titles such as Carrie, Switch off, and Trained to kill. Finally, Cronenberg is generally associated for his body horror subgenre with works such as Fly and Videodrome. They are all legendary filmmakers who have made a great contribution to genre cinema.
Wan’s reference to the back shelves of video stores in his Facebook post is a piece of nostalgia that many moviegoers will always cling to. Even if Smart will be heading to HBO Max the same day it hits theaters, it’s exciting to see Wan go for that style of directing. The trailer carries a lot of the inspirations he mentioned on its cover art, as it perfectly matches the aesthetic he is aiming for in terms of storytelling and visuals. Smart Looks like it’s going to be an exciting thrill ride and I hope it won’t be the last time Wan returns to the director’s chair for the horror genre.
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