More Ghosts In The Shell
By Simon Bacal
U.S. Release Date: 9/13/13
Wan, screenwriter James Whannell and producer Jason Blum are raising the spirit level in the upcoming chiller Insidious: Chapter 2.
For those who don’t know, the same threesome are responsible for 2011’s first Insidious chapter, a micro-budgeted pic that raked in box office bucks.
“We’re super excited to continue the story we started in the first film,” says Wan, who is helming the second Insidious adventure.” “I loved the characters in the first film, and it’s great to come back and work with the same cast and crew. But it’s also very scary because the first film took us all by surprise.”
The first chapter’s Lambert family have left their haunted house for a new home, but they quickly discover that the spirit world still has a score to settle with them. The story picks up right where the first film ends.
“Not many sequels try that, but we loved the idea of creating back to back stories,” Whannell says. “You could almost watch them as one movie or as separate chapters in the same story.”
Without giving too much away, Wan reveals that Insidious: Chapter 2 explores a great mythology and extensive backstory to the characters.
“It’s really a bigger movie. When we were shooting the first film, we had plans for a sequel, but we didn’t push it all the way. We thought ‘We’ll play with it and see how it goes. There may be a potential second storyline.’ And sure enough, when the first film did well, we could actually go back and pull out that second storyline and continue it.”
In the original pic, Dalton Lambert (Ty Simpkins) the young son of the family, can travel out of his physical body – a gift he inherits from his father, Josh (Patrick Wilson)
“We’re big fans of the metaphysical world, and we thought it would be really cool to use astral projection in a film,” Wan recalls. “It’s a cool concept, the idea that when you’re asleep at night the soul or spirit leaves your body and goes floating off. We wanted to do a haunted house film, but we also wanted to do something what was a bit different. So we melded the two together.”
The Insidious gang are also responsible for some of the biggest terror hits in recent years.
Whan and Whannell launched a brand new franchise when they unleashed 2004’s Saw, while Blum shepherded the hit Paranormal Activity series to the screen.
“When you deal with the supernatural, I think its universal,” muses Wan. “Different cultures have different ways of exploring these themes, but I think they pretty much come from the same place. That’s why I think these movies play really well internationally. People all around the world get them.”
Back during their college days, in their native Melbourne, Australia, Wan and Whannell constantly traded ghost stories with one another – a habit that has since allowed them to easily bounce around ideas and concepts for their films.
“If you have enough stories, or if the same stories excite you its easy enough to work together,” says Whannell. “James and I are pretty in sync that way especially when it comes to horror.”
Director: James Wan
Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor, Joey King, Shanley Caswell, Hayley McFarland, Mackenzie Foy, Kyla Deaver, Marion Guyot, Steve Coulter, Shannon Kook and John Brotherton
Producers: Jason Blum
Executive Producers: Walter Hamada and Dave Neustader