Celebrity Birthday of the Day – February 27

I don’t feel like Malaysian-born Australian screenwriter/producer/director of Chinese heritage James Wan has really gotten the credit he deserves for basically helping to create the modern “torture porn” horror movie. After graduating from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Wan won “Best Guerrilla Film” at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival in 2000 for his short film Stygian. In 2004, with the help of collaborator Leigh Whannell, Wan directed the horror film Saw on a low budget of $1.2 million. Saw became a record-breaking theatrical horror hit, and since its success, Wan has served as executive producer on its six sequels. In 2007, Wan directed two more films, a horror flick called Dead Silence and an action drama called Death Sentence. He has also directed a trailer for the horror video game Dead Space. James Wan’s most recent film is the ghost movie Insidious, which premiered at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival and had a 2011 wide theatrical release. He turns 35 today.

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