James Wan is a big fan of two particular directors
James Wan was one of the first filmmakers of his generation to unarguably deserve the “Master of Horror” tag, thanks to his directing of 2004’s Saw, 2010’s Insidious, and 2013’s The Conjuring, as well as his masterminding of the greater Conjuring universe, which has spawned the Annabelle films and Corin Hardy’s upcoming The Nun (out July 13). So, who better to ask what horror film EW readers should check out this Halloween season?
“Oh, Jeez! One horror movie???” Wan semi-protests over the phone from Australia, where he is shooting the Jason Momoa-starring superhero film Aquaman. “Black Sunday by Mario Bava. Big fan of the director’s work and that movie is just visually stunning. Again, big fan of horror films that try to create suspense, tension, and scares, by mood and atmosphere. Those are the kind of films I really love. That’s just the one that came off the top of my head. I mean, there are so many amazing ones: Jaws, Halloween. Those are all your typical ones, right? I’m just trying to think of something a bit more obscure. Here, quote me on this: Anything by Mario Bava or anything by Dario Argento. There you go!”
Watch the trailer for Bava’s Black Sunday, above.