Last week I trekked down to Lionsgate to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Saw with director James Wan and its writer/star Leigh Whannell along with some of the film’s cast. After the event I sat down for an interview with the pair that proved to be a great chance to get their perspective not only on the film itself, but the sequels and legacy that followed it. Many people forget how innovative the original Saw was, choosing to skip over the fact that it’s basically a thriller in their rush to label it “torture porn.”
We spoke about that label, Whannell’s upcoming directorial debut Insidious: Chapter 3 and the challenges Wan faced bringing in his biggest film to date, Furious 7. We lightly touch on The Conjuring and I feel a little bit of regret for not pushing harder against the clock telling us we were out of time, since it was only days later that Wan was announced as the director for The Conjuring 2. But it’s definitely worth a read regardless since these two guys are very smart and have changed the horror landscape time and time again. If you’ve never seen Saw, be sure to check it out in theaters on October 31st (it actually starts showing at 8PM on October 30th). And if you’ve already seen the film, this is a brand new transfer that makes it a new experience all over again. Hit the jump for the interview.