Patrick Wilson He is an accomplished star, who has appeared in multiple franchises, of the DCEU as the Ocean Master in Aquaman to headline not one but two horror franchises, Sorcery And insidious. After years of being in front of the camera, Wilson finally stepped backstage as a release Insidious: The Red Door It marks his directorial debut. The year has already seen stars like Michael B Jordan and Eva Longoria direct their first feature films with her Creed III And Hot flamin’respectively, and Wilson looks forward to joining these esteemed ranks.

Insidious: The Red Door is the latest entry in the popular franchise, and is the long-awaited direct sequel to Insidious: Chapter 2, which was released ten years ago in 2013. Not only does Wilson direct the role of Josh Lambert, he also reprises the role of Josh Lambert, the patriarch of a family haunted by spirits from another dimension. Wilson spoke with MovieWeb about what it was like to get into the director’s chair, how the two major horror franchises differ, and teased what might be in store for him as a director.

Get into the directors chair

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Everyone knows the first day on the job can be stressful, and when you’re directing a major blockbuster and a new entry in a beloved franchise, it sure must be nerve-wracking. Even if you’re a respected actor, directing is a different skill, and day one can set the tone on set.

With that in mind, Wilson reveals that directing on Day One was a simple one that he shared with longtime collaborator, Ty Simpkins. “My first day on set was shooting the car-on-trailer sequence, which I wanted to shoot in action. I didn’t want to shoot on green screen. Ty and I wanted [Simpkins] Wilson said.

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Simpkins plays Dalton Lambert, the son of Wilson’s character. Simpkins appeared in both insidious And Insidious: Chapter 2but Wilson as he goes all the way back to where Simpkins appeared in the movie young children With Wilson when Simpkins was just three years old. “The first day was very exciting. I have a long history with this production, so I’m glad our first day was just me and Ty, someone I’ve known since he was three. That was really exciting for me. It’s a real gift not only to be a part of this franchise.” But to have Reigns in. I had a little “This is really cool” moment.

Insidious sorcery

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga in The Conjuring
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Wilson starred in insidious in 2011. In 2013, he returned for the sequel Insidious: Chapter 2 But it was also starred in Sorcerywhich launched one of the most successful horror franchises of the 21st century and features an interconnected universe on par with Marvel, DC, and star Wars. Since both sets of films (Sorcery And insidious) feature Patrick Wilson as a married man dealing with a paranormal haunting, the two could, on the surface, look the same. However, Wilson points out the main difference.

“They are different types of movies. James [Wan] Maybe he speaks to this better. It’s a lot of time and tone, said Wilson, as an actor on it. “I think if this movie Sorcery Film will have a different tone. with insidiousI love the twisted side of it. I love that you can go into Stephen King territory, almost avant-garde at times. the insidious The world supports that. Practical effects, or as practical as possible, and effects that seem practical. This is important to this franchise. It’s a much different ball game Sorcery Movies, which usually have larger sets and budgets.”

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Wilson also acknowledges this Insidious: The Red Door on a much larger scale than before insidious films. insidious It had a budget of $1.5 million. Insidious: Chapter 2 It was a $5 million budget, while both Insidious: Chapter 3 And Insidious: The Last Key She had $10 million. budget Insidious: The Red Door It is not known, but Wilson raised the range to compete with some other franchises.

This movie is pretty much a combination of both. This one is definitely the most expansive insidious Making the movie. It doesn’t look like a small movie. For me, it’s a combination of the two, and that’s really where the audience hit it. The public doesn’t want to see a paltry sum of less than a million dollars insidious film. I want to embrace the audience but also push them a little bit.”

Musical Horror Patrick Wilson

While Wilson is an accomplished film actor, he is also a recognized star on Broadway. He has appeared in a variety of musicals, from circularAnd full montyAnd Oklahoma!And guys and dolls, For example but not limited to. He appeared as Raoul in Joel Schumacher’s 2004 film adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera. With Wilson in the director’s chair, one would hope he might bring his talents to a big-budget musical.

Wilson doesn’t confirm anything, but teases a bit by saying, “I wish I could give you that information. I’m actually producing a musical right now. I can’t tell you more than that. But it has a little bit of horror in it.”

It’s exciting news that Wilson’s fans are definitely hoping to find out more about. Wilson also teases his return to the Broadway stage. “To be honest, I’m constantly searching. This is definitely something I still want to look at while I can still sing. I still have my hands on the Broadway world, for sure.”

Insidious: The Red Door Opens in theaters July 7, 2023.


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