March 30, 2011 | 3:48 p.m.

‘Insidious’ filmmakers on their haunted house update: ‘A lot of the scares were taken from real life’

  Australian director James Wan and actor-screenwriter Leigh Whannell hit it huge with their debut feature “Saw” in 2004 but their latest collaboration, “Insidious,” a haunted house story about a family visited by some very unusual ghosts, stays away from the torturous gore in favor of supernatural thrills. The film, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, hits theaters Friday, and Wan and Whannell spoke to Hero Complex contributor Patrick Kevin Day by phone recently about their new tale of terror. (Please note, some spoilers ahead.) PKD: I’ve heard you say many of the spooky incidents depicted in the movie were taken from real life. How many? LW: A lot actually. There’s a scene with Rose [Byrne] in the middle of the night where she sees an unwanted guest in her bedroom. That was taken from a […]
Sept. 28, 2009 | 4:12 p.m.

Jigsaw, Michael Myers and Chucky team up for Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights

T.J. Kosinski is back as a contributor for Hero Complex, this time with a quick preview of the seasonal scares coming soon to Universal Studios Hollywood…     Want to play a game? This October, Universal Studios Hollywood wants to take you on a hellish ride with Jigsaw, Michael Myers, Chucky and more as part of its Halloween Horror Nights. This year’s event, entitled “You’ll Wish it Were Just a Movie,” is the biggest in park history, and there will be some very familiar faces lurking in the dark corners of four new mazes. “Our big vision was to take the most popular horror movies in the world and turn them into living horror movies that people get to experience,” said Universal’s John Murdy, the longtime horror aficionado who directed, designed and wrote everything the audience experiences in those mazes. The mazes are based on three major horror franchises — […]
July 23, 2008 | 9:34 p.m.

Shawnee Smith’s ’30 Days of Night’ Web scare

Horror fans should drop by to check out the first chapter in a six-part mini-movie called "30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust," which stars "Saw" scream-queen Shawnee Smith. Each chapter of the vampire tale "Dust to Dust" picks up after "Blood Trails," a FEARnet miniseries last fall that the website says was viewed more than 5 million times. There’s a limited edition "Dust to Dust" tie-in comic book (only 10,000 copies printed) and poster that will be given out at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Shawnee Smith and others involved in the project will be signing stuff at the Sony Pictures Entertainment booth (#4313) on Saturday at noon. Here’s the lowdown on "Dust to Dust" from the press release: ‘Dust to Dust’ continues the New Orleans storyline from Blood Trails where fans first met George, an ex-junkie who, […]
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