I have to be careful here so I don’t come off as a scary, psycho stalker fan but I love Leigh Whannell. Let me explain. This man wrote Saw, one of the best horror stories of all time. It is ingenious, gripping and has the best twist. When I saw it at the cinema, I knew instantly it was something special. Yes, I know many hate horror and don’t like how the genre has slid towards ‘torture porn’ but it was more than a horror. It relayed messages about mortality and the fear of death and that you should never take your one shot at life for granted… because you’ll wake up in some maniacal contraption with a creepy puppet wanting to play you a message 😉
This man also wrote Insidious 1 and 2 amongst others (3 is on the way!). I am a hard-core horror fan. I have seen things that would turn your hair whiter than Nancy Thompson’s but there is one scene in Insidious that I struggle to not turn away from. All I will say is: dining room, middle of the day… red devil face… *shivers*
My ultimate dream is to create a character/story that can rival the greats: Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers. Leigh is out there right now writing stories that become films, of which the release dates go into my diary and I am there, on the day, to see some scary s**t. I idolise that he can do that and that he is great at it. Every idea I conceive is contrived or done to death or is missing that… something.
Leigh also has a blog TheWordInTheStone which gave me a great insight into his life and made me realise he’s only human and if one person can do it, so can another. He might not be well known to you and he might be a strange idol to have but who cares?
BTW I heard that Saw 8 is going into production? 🙂