” I feel like with the first ‘Insidious’ film we had a massive cache of stories and scares that we’d built up over the years. It was like a band, you know they say a band has forever to write their first album because no one cares. “


” The problem with acting is that there’s really no control. You’re at the behest of others. “


” That’s what I love about writing is you don’t need anyone’s permission to do it. You can just get up in the morning, grab a pad and pen and start writing. “


” I always want to fulfill genre expectations and think that should be the bedrock of any film – then you can layer in thematics. “


” You never meet other screenwriters because it’s such a lonely profession. “


” A lot of low-budget genre films you see are horror movies, because horror is the friendliest movie to lack of money. “


” I like pointing the camera at the actors and letting them fight. Don’t let the camera do the fighting for you, and don’t let the camera give them the adrenaline hit. Let the people in the frame do that. “


” Every now and again, something will pop into my head when I’m driving or I’m in the shower, you’ll just get an image and it stays with you. It doesn’t have to be much, it doesn’t have to be a story, it could just be an image. But it won’t leave your head and that’s when you know you’ve got something. “


” What I feel like science fiction fans respond to is just people trying to hit them with something new, something they haven’t seen. And if you do that you’ll be okay. “


” I remember when James Wan and I did the first ‘Saw’ movie, a lot of people would say to us, ‘Well, you left the door open for a sequel.’ And we would say, ‘No, we literally closed the door!’ We thought it was a nice ending. Little did we know that the producers had other ideas once the film was a hit. “


” I always say that the horror genre and the comedy genre are close cousins because they are the two genres where you are attempting to elicit an involuntary vocal response from a crowd of people and you instantly know whether it’s working or not. “


” You know, by the time you get to the fourth film in a franchise you’re really mining for something different. You’re really looking for a way to go about things that the audience hasn’t already seen. “


” Well you know, the big trick with ‘Saw,’ the sleight of hand that you have to pull off is that – spoiler alert – the bad guy, the antagonist, is right there in front of your face, literally. “


” Australia, most of the filmmakers there write a film and they direct it. There’s a lot of writer/directors there, because nobody wants to write a script and then let it go when they’ve had that much of a personal investment to it, because you’re not getting paid huge amounts of money in Australia to direct. “


” I think that’s the problem, when you’re a young filmmaker and you’re starting out, you don’t know people, you’re easily lead, you don’t know the right people to talk to, you really need guides. “


” The movies sort of tell you what they want to be as you’re writing them. “



All 16 Leigh Whannell Quotes about You in picture


I feel like with the first
The problem with acting is that there
That
I always want to fulfill genre expectations and think that should be the bedrock of any film - then you can layer in thematics.
You never meet other screenwriters because it
A lot of low-budget genre films you see are horror movies, because horror is the friendliest movie to lack of money.
I like pointing the camera at the actors and letting them fight. Don
Every now and again, something will pop into my head when I
What I feel like science fiction fans respond to is just people trying to hit them with something new, something they haven
I remember when James Wan and I did the first
I always say that the horror genre and the comedy genre are close cousins because they are the two genres where you are attempting to elicit an involuntary vocal response from a crowd of people and you instantly know whether it
You know, by the time you get to the fourth film in a franchise you
Well you know, the big trick with
Australia, most of the filmmakers there write a film and they direct it. There
I think that
The movies sort of tell you what they want to be as you

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