James Wan is a common name in the genre of horror. After all, he has produced some of the most popular horror series of the decade, including Saw, The Conjuring, Insidious, and Annabelle. Besides, he also has a number of independent horror films to his name, such as Lights Out and Dead Silence among others. He is now the purveyor of terror in Hollywood, and his movies, whether hits or misses, can leave you with nightmares for weeks.
With the upcoming release of Annabelle: Creation – Wan’s latest – let’s take a look at his filmography, arranged from best to not-so-great.
The Saw series
James Wan made his mark in the genre of horror in 2004 with this mystery thriller. Possibly one of the best serial killer series we have ever seen, Saw ranks highest on our Wan list, with the first movie being our favorite.
The Conjuring series
This series made horror movies more mainstream, and even those with a weak stomach dared to watch this deadly haunting. The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2 would have made it to the top of the list, but Saw’s raw, intense drama is a lot more gripping than the ghosts of the past.
The Insidious series
Another horror series we have been super kicked about since 2010 is Insidious. With three movies that maintained the consistency of terror and a fourth one on the way, this series is similar to The Conjuring in a haunting kind of way but still manages to leave us scared shitless.
One of Wan’s latest works, Lights Out released last year, directed by David F. Sandberg, who is also the director of the upcoming Annabelle: Creation. A stand-alone movie, this Teresa Palmer-starrer had several jump scares – a classic Wan style of horror.
Dolls and puppets seem to be another Wan favorite, as in this movie, he experiments with a vaudeville doll (dummy). This was Wan’s first stand-alone horror movie after the Saw trilogy and released in the same year as Saw IV (2007).
The Annabelle series
As a sequel to The Conjuring, Annabelle left everyone disappointed. Three years later, the origin of this creepy doll has resurfaced in Annabelle: Creation, which is critiqued to be a far better and improved version of the previous movie. Make sure you watch it in the theatres to experience the terror.