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James Wan Explains How Classic Giallo Movies Inspired The Vibe Of ‘Malignant’


James Wanis a savage new horror movie clever just made its way to 4K Ultra HD this week, bringing one of the best home from last year in higher quality than ever before.

Before the 4K release, Bloody Disgusting’s Boo’s Crew Podcast had the chance to sit down with James Wan and talk shop, discuss everything from working with Akela Cooper on the script to clever working with practical effects to bring Gabriel to life. Wan also discusses the insane chaos of the film’s final act, as well as why he made the film in the first place.

Another notable aspect of clever is the score of a frequent Wan collaborator Joseph Bishara (The conspiracy, insidious), which Wan says was inspired by classic Italian Giallo films.

“You know, I think it has a lot to do with the spirit of wanting to make a Giallo movie. Giallo’s films have visuals that go one way and a soundtrack that goes completely the opposite way,” Wan laughs. “I remember watching, in my early youth, a classic Argento movie and saying, ‘Wow, I’m watching a really scary, scary moment, but he’s blasting that rock score from the right of the screen.’ And it does that…almost kind of an alienating effect…it made him really cool. And so, I guess, in the spirit of wanting to do something similar like that, I think Joe really embraced it. So I really pushed him down that path. Doing electronica and not being afraid to be as pompous as you want. Because everything about clever is very in your face.

Visually and sonically, I felt we could have fun withadds Wan. “And go crazy.”

“Going crazy”, at the end of the day, seems to have been the main driving force behind the making of Wan cleverwhich came in the direct wake of Wan’s making Aquaman for DC.

“After Aquaman, I knew I didn’t want to dive back into another big budget movie…I wanted to go back and play in the horror genre,” Wan explains. “I didn’t really want to remake an existing IP or do a sequel to one of the movies I’ve created in the past. I knew I wanted to do something original. Something that was different. Something that keeps me going back to all the movies I loved growing up. My love of 80s horror movies…whether they come from America, Italy or Asia…and I also knew I wanted to play with prosthetic effects.

You can listen to Boo Crew’s full chat with James Wan below.

And grab your copy of clever on 4K Ultra HD today!

In the film, “Paralyzed by shocking visions of gruesome murders, Madison’s (Annabelle Wallis) the torment worsens when she discovers that her daydreams are actually terrifying realities.