Leigh Whannell is the writer and creator of the Saw movie franchise and the Saw movie franchise is quickly earning the reputation of being some of the most horrifying movies ever made. While other movies such as Hostel are proving that movie going audiences like to be grossed out once in a while, Saw seems to be the top of the heap in the horror genre today and many of the new movies that are coming out are now paying the attention to the grisly details just like Saw does and there is a lot of blood and gore on the screen because of it. The Saw franchise started in 2003 as a 9 minute short movie that starred Whannell as a traumatized victim of a psychopathic killer. The short movie was enough to get him the chance to make the full length Saw movie and in 2003 he did just that. He wrote the original Saw and starred in it as the character Adam. The first Saw movie made a huge profit and since then Whannell has written and released Saw II, Saw II, and Saw IV.
Leigh Whannell is a native of Australia who developed a love of telling stories as early as the age of 4 and the thing he loved most about telling stories was getting a reaction from his audience. He met up with Saw co-writer James Wan in film school and then Whannell went on to host an extremely popular teen show in Australia that introduced Australia to current rock bands and to current teen trends. After graduation from school in 1999 he wanted desperately to get into movies. He even went so far as to show up for the Lord Of The Rings auditions dressed as a hobbit. He did not get the Frodo Baggins role but he did land a role in the smash hit Matrix Reloaded movie and the whole time he was anxiously awaiting the chance to show his movie. In 2003 he and Wan made their 9 minute short called Saw which lead to the chance to make the full length Saw movie in 2004. The rest, as they say, is history and now Whannell is one of the new kings of Hollywood horror. He has released a new Saw movie every year since 2004 and every Saw movie to this point has made a profit. So don’t feel bad if you have never heard of Leigh Whannell, as long as you have been completely grossed out at the movies at some point since 2004 then he is a very happy man.