Leigh Whannell (; born 17 January 1977) is an Australian screenwriter, actor, film producer, and film director. He is best known for writing films directed by his friend James Wan, including Saw (2004), Dead Silence (2007), Insidious (2010), and Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013). Whannell made his directorial debut with Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015), and has since directed two more films, Upgrade (2018) and The Invisible Man (2020).Whannell and Wan are the creators of the Saw franchise. Whannell wrote the first installment, co-wrote the second and third installments, was producer or executive producer for all the films, and appeared as the Adam Stanheight character in four of the installments. He was also the writer of the Saw video game (2009), and co-writer of the 2014 film Cooties.
Whannell was born in Melbourne, Australia. He believes that he inherited his love of storytelling from his mother, and his fondness of filmmaking from his father, who was a cameraman in the television industry.
Movies & TV shows
Spiral: From the Book of Saw
In the shadow of an esteemed police veteran, a detective and his partner take charge of a gruesome investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city's gruesome past. Zeke is at the ce...
4 Movies · 1 TV show
A brutal mugging leaves Grey Trace paralyzed in the hospital and his beloved wife dead. A billionaire inventor soon offers Trace a cure — an artificial intelligence implant called STEM that will enhan...
Eli Roth's History of Horror
An in-depth look at the pop cultural significance of horror films.
There is solace in the escape of the home shopping channel. She turns to the channel when things go wrong with her husband. Was the problem there from the beginning?
Atlantis is an underwater kingdom ruled by the power-hungry King Orm. Orm plans to conquer the remaining people of the ocean and then the surface world. Arthur Curry is Orm's half-human, half-Atlantea...
Insidious: The Last Key
A group of people, including a parapsychologist, travel to Five Keys, New Mexico, to investigate a man's claim of a haunting. There was a lot of fear when he realized that the house he lived in was he...
Dead bodies begin to turn up all over the city, each meeting their demise in a variety of gruesome ways. The investigations point the finger at the killer.
The Bye Bye Man
When three college students move into an old house off campus, they inadvertently unleash a supernatural entity known as The Bye Bye Man, who comes to prey upon them once they discover his name. While...
A family is forced to play a game of kill or be killed. As the night progresses, the game's mysterious rules become clear, and the family realises their nightmare is being streamed live to riveted vie...
The shower scene in Psycho has 78 camera settings and 52 cuts. The story of the man behind the curtain is told in 78/52.
Insidious: Chapter 3
A twisted new tale of terror begins for a teenage girl and her family, and reveals more mysteries of the realm, 'The Further'.
Game Changer: The Legacy of Saw
Generations of movie fans have been thrilled by Saw's story of a serial killer who traps his victims in a game of survival. The stories behind the film that launched the most successful horror franchi...
There are giant lava breathing tarantulas that erupt out of ancient volcanos in the Santa Monica Mountains. With the City of Angels on the verge of being destroyed, only a washed up ‘90s action hero a...
The kids are transformed into a swarm of mass savages after a mysterious virus hits the school. A motley group of teachers are fighting for their lives.
A naive man is arrested by Australian Federal Police for having narcotics in his stomach. The Mule had a choice after being arrested. To ignore his bodily functions and deny the evidence.
Insidious: Chapter 2
The haunted family is exploring a childhood secret that has left the family dangerously connected to the spirit world.
Cowgirl attempts to break her husband out of prison and becomes an instant sensation due to her beauty.
She was kidnapped and forced to fight other women for spectators. When the game is over, only one warrior will remain.
A crush on a high school athlete takes a fatal turn.
A family discovers that their home has been invaded by dark spirits after their son falls into an endless sleep. Things are more personal when they reach out to a professional for help.
As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw's brutal legacy, a group of Jigsaw survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, a man whose own dark secrets unleash a ...
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
Soren is kidnapped by owls. Owlets are taught to become soldiers at Aggie's orphanage. He and his friends escaped to the island of Ga'Hoole to help the owls fight the army being created by the rulers ...
The Last Supper
Set ten minutes before Jesus arrives at The Last Supper, 13 men at lunch fueled by wine and emotion. Satirising Man's hedonism and greed, 'The Last Supper' explores race and religion whilst re-imagini...
Detective Hoffman has emerged as the successor to the legacy of Special Agent Strahm. When the FBI draws closer toHoffman, he is forced to set a game into motion and finally understand the grand schem...
Doggie Heaven (Woof!)
The creative team behind the smash hit "Saw" films, James Wan and Leigh Whannell, tell the story of a young man who is having a dog. After he was shot dead, he was sent to the wrong heaven because of ...
A group of hikers are looking for a tiger. Alexander Pearce, who was hung for cannibalism in 1824, was descended from a group of cannibals.
The last person to carry on the legacy is Detective Hoffman. He must go on the hunt to eliminate all the loose ends when his secret is threatened.
Not Quite Hollywood
As Australian cinema broke through to international audiences in the 1970s through respected art house films, a new underground of low-budget exploitation filmmakers were turning out considerably less...
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Jamie returns to his hometown in search of answers to his wife's murder, which occurred after receiving a weird package containing a ventriloquist dummy named Billy, which may be linked to the legend ...
One gruesome night he witnessed something that changed his life forever, and he was a mild-mannered executive with a perfect life. After being transformed by grief, the conclusion that no length is to...
They are dead. After the news of Detective Kerry's murder, two seasoned FBI profilers, Agent Strahm and Agent Perez, arrive in the terrified community to assist the veteran Detective Hoffman in siftin...
30 Even Scarier Movie Moments
30 Even Scarier Movie Moments was a two-part miniseries which counted down 30 more of the most frightening scenes in horror cinema or any other genre. 100 scariest movie moments is a sequel. The movie...
There is a person who has disappeared. The puppet-master behind the cruel, intricate games that have terrified a community and baffled police has once again been on the run. Lynn Denlon and Jeff Reinh...
The Scott Tibbs Documentary
Scott Tibbs, one of the Saw world's unseen background characters, takes his own unique perspective on the Jigsaw murders in his down-and-dirty documentary.
When a new murder victim is discovered with all the signs of Jigsaw's hand, Detective Eric Matthews begins a full investigation. Getting caught is just one part of Jigsaw's plan. Matthews needs to joi...
The events that led to the transformation of John into a monster are explored in this comic.
A serial killer is obsessed with teaching his victims the value of life. They must face a game of survival after they are captured. The victims can either die trying or fight to win their lives back.
One Perfect Day
Tommy Matisse is a gifted musician who goes on an odyssey of self-discovery and tragedy in the dance music scene.
A full feature film was later added to the short film Saw. David, an orderly at the hospital, was kidnapped and forced to play a game of survival.
The Matrix Reloaded
Since the events depicted in The Matrix, more and more humans are being freed from the matrix and brought to Zion, the only stronghold of the Resistance. Neo's powers include super speed, ability to s...
The PhanDom Menace
The PhanDom Menace presents the definitive look at the most devoted fans on the planet. Follow the lives of Australia's most passionate Star Wars fans as the moment they've waited 16 years for is sudd...
1 TV show
Blue Heelers is an Australian police drama series that depicts the lives of police officers stationed at the fictional Mount Thomas police station in a small town in Victoria.