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Malaysia - 47 years old
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One of Hollywood's youngest and brightest prodigies. Wan has already proven that he can juggle big budget blockbusters if needed, but he's at his very best when he is allowed to turn low/mid budget horror into sprawling franchises.



2004 / 103m - USA
Horror, Crime
Saw poster

Time hasn't been kind to certain aspects of Wan's breakout hit, but the scenes that matter haven't lost any of their shine. Some mediocre performances and a rather plain criminal investigation cannot derail this film, especially not when the famous games start running their course. It's still a great horror flick.


2010 / 103m - USA
Insidious poster

If you love bitching about horror cliches and lack of originality, you'll have a swell time bitching about this film.


2021 / 111m - USA
Malignant poster

James Wan's big return to the horror genre. After a disastrous superhero flick, he recharged his batteries and came back to do what he's good at: make freaky horror flicks. Malignant isn't a reinvention of Wan's trademark style, but it's a solid evolution that makes sure he isn't just making the same film over and over again.

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Madison is stuck in an abusive marriage, until one night a dark figure enters her house and kills her husband. From that moment on, Madison starts seeing gruesome murders in her dreams. Murder that are carried out in real life too. She notifies the police, but they suspect that Madison herself is involved.

I quite like Wan's extrovert style of film making, so I had a pretty good time with Malignant. The score is really in your face, the horror is graphic, and the atmosphere is tangible. The monster itself is pretty kick-ass too. The police plot and the somewhat lengthy setup were a bit overdone and Wan doesn't make the best use of the underground sets, but other than that this was a pretty great Wan flick. Not his best, but very entertaining.

The Conjuring 2

2016 / 134m - USA
The Conjuring 2 poster

Furious 7

2015 / 137m - USA
Action, Thriller, Crime
Furious 7 poster

The whole reason for me starting this series was Wan's episode. And Wan delivered, though I have to admit that I've grown to like the mindless and over the top action that came to define the Fast & Furious films. It's easily the best one so far, though even Wan couldn't fix the non-action scenes. Good fun.

Insidious: Chapter 2

2013 / 106m - USA
Insidious: Chapter 2 poster

The Conjuring

2013 / 112m - USA
The Conjuring poster

Death Sentence

2007 / 105m - USA
Action, Thriller, Crime
Death Sentence poster

Dead Silence

2007 / 89m - USA
Dead Silence poster


2018 / 143m - USA
Fantasy, Adventure
Aquaman poster

Oh my. James Wan transitioned well from horror to action, but superhero material clearly isn't his thing. Aquaman is a red-hot mess, a bunch of over the top nonsense that lacks the self-awareness and humour that could've redeemed it. The designs are atrocious, the characters are ridiculous and the plot is dumb beyond belief. Poor DC. Poor Wan. Poor me.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

2023 / 124m - USA
Fantasy, Adventure
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom poster

The superhero genre has run its course for the time being, and I don't mind a bit. That doesn't mean that they've abandoned production completely, it's just that the big hypes seem to be behind us, as these films are becoming less dominant in the box office results. All that remains are some empty and shallow remnants of a more glorious past. And that's exactly what this Aquaman sequel feels like.

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During an expedition, a hidden world is discovered. While exploring it, a team finds a mythical trident. He who wields it is granted incredible powers, but the full power of the trident can only be unleashed by freeing its owner. Its owner isn't a very friendly man, so Aquaman will go to great lengths to save the Earth. Etcetera.

The first film was horrible, this is even worse. The visuals are an absolute eyesore, Jason Momoa has zero charm (or comedic timing for that matter), and the rest of the cast should be embarrassed to feature in such a terribly written film. James Wan needs to do better, or just stick to his guns.