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by robert levin
Three time’s the charm: Patrick Wilson has starred in three successful horror flicks – 'Insidious', 'Insidious: Chapter 2' and 'The Conjuring' (pic).
It seems like Hollywood has a new 'horror guy'.
Horror movies are having a moment right now, with the genre providing many of Hollywood’s biggest runaway successes.
And Patrick Wilson is right at the forefront.
The veteran actor teamed up with Saw director James Wan on Insidious in 2011, which earned some US$97mil (RM308mil) worldwide against a US$1.5mil (RM4.7mil) production budget, according to Box Office Mojo. This summer’s The Conjuring, their sophomore joint effort, has brought in some US$259mil (RM824mil) globally.
Expectations are therefore justifiably raised for Insidious: Chapter 2, which returns us to the story of the haunted Lambert family.
Here, Wilson talks about the movie and his status as the “horror guy”.
What excited you about this sequel?
I was so excited to read this because I felt like – and I was right – what they wanted to do ... was swing a big stick. And get almost surreal. It, at times, felt like not A Nightmare On Elm Street as [much as] it was a [David] Lynch movie, where it got very bizarre. I like that.
Is it more fun to go over-the-top, as you do here?
Whether it’s a fun comedic role or a fun villain role, anytime you get to go out of your box ... Listen, it’s a wonderful thing to do a leading man role, fantastic. But every leading man wants to do some character roles and vice versa.
Why are horror movies doing so well now? The success of The Conjuring this summer, even that as a microcosm in the midst of all these tentpoles ... why did that movie succeed?
Yes, the movie’s very good. I think that the movie crosses over boundaries of just the 18-35 male horror-driven audience, obviously, or it wouldn’t make that much money. Because you get interested in the story. When you think of classic horror movies, it usually comes down to character and to storytelling. ... That never goes away.
Are you seen as the ‘horror guy’ now?
I’m reaping the benefits ... because Insidious and Conjuring have done so well. So all of a sudden, you’re a horror guy. Well, no, I just did two, they just both happened to work ... The reality is, from my opinion, it hasn’t changed the perception of me. – amNewYork/McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
> Insidious: Chapter 2 is currently showing in cinemas nationwide.
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