Whether you realized it or not, this past Halloween was the first one in seven years without a new Saw movie in theaters. 2010 brought audiences the seventh film, Saw 3D, which was the most expensive of the series thus far. However, while it did receive a nice box office bump thanks to inflated 3D ticket prices, the film failed to perform up to lofty expectations. Producers decided it was time for Jigsaw and his minions to take a break and this year, Paranormal Activity 3 was the lone major horror Halloween release.

But the series is far from dead. Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns spoke to CNBC Tuesday about the potential merger with Summit Entertainment and dropped the following nugget on the horror community:

I’m sure, some day, you’ll see Saw back in the picture

Saw 8 is coming, ladies and gentlemen. Watch the video and read more after the jump. Read More »

In honor of the upcoming release of Saw 3D, the final film in the Saw series (or is it?), Screenrant‘s Mike Eisenberg editted together a video overview to explain everything you need to know about the first six films in just 6 minutes and 66 seconds (okay, that’s technically 7 minutes and 6 seconds, but that’s a less marketable title). Watch the video embedded after the jump.
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The Saw “Where’s Billy” Game


Here’s a little distraction for you, something to play with for a couple of idle minutes. In order to promote the DVD and BD release of Saw VI (out since January in the US, in UK stores this week), Lionsgate have whipped up a little Where’s Waldo-style picture with Jigsaw’s creepy tricycling puppet Billy hidden away amongst several Saw and Waldo characters and in jokes. You can see the full picture after the break.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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VOTD: Paranormal Saw

With both Saw and Paranormal Activity out in theaters, FunnyOrDie has decided to create a funny mash-up parody called Paranormal Saw.

Want the paranormal spookiness of Paranormal Activity, but without giving up the gore and mindgames of Saw? Then Paranormal Saw is just for you! When a young couple suspect a ghost in their house, they uncover a puppet with plans of his own.

Watch Paranormal Saw after the jump.

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As it stands, this is a rumor at best and, more accurately, an informed online endorsement that could easily pick up steam amongst horror fans and online. Either way, it’s the weekend and the thought of Tobe Hooper, creator of Leatherface and director of 1974’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and its huggable ’86 sequel, once again revving up the genre’s best ‘saw hadn’t crossed my mind. It should have. According to Shock’s Ryan Rotten, while attending a party for Saw IV, he saw Hooper hanging with TCM2‘s Bill Moseley and, more importantly, the team at Twisted Pictures. Dots connected, and Rotten has fully thrown his support behind Hooper’s possible involvement.

I know, oohlala. But as we reported (and as Russ understandably bemoaned), Twisted Pictures purchased the franchise’s rights from the metallic douches at Platinum Dunes. Twisted’s first installment, vaguely said to be a contemporary take and possibly a true third sequel ignoring Dunesentriesis already in development, with a screenplay by Stephen Susco (The Grudge). Moreover, it seems that Hooper’s new management, Evolution, shares L.A. offices with Twisted, and also reps Susco. So, why would Hooper directing be a good idea for the franchise, and business-wise, is it a smart one, since Hooper hasn’t directed a hit flick in a long time? We chime in after the jump. Let us know what you think…
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Yes, you’ve probably seen me wearing Marc Ecko’s Star Wars Boba Fett hoody, which I like because its geek wear, which can totally blend in and not look like geek wear. It doesn’t scream out “look, I’m a Star Wars hoody!” Ecko has a bunch of other Star Wars designs that don’t fit that classification. I assume they’re popular, because he’s making more and more of thee things. Ecko’s latest batch includes The Dark Knight, Kiss, Saw and Friday the 13th themed hoodies. I’m not exactly sure if these are cool or not. Personally, they come off a bit too flashy for my tastes. But I thought some of you might be impressed. But at a price tag of nearly $100, will any of you pull out your credit card? More photos and details after the jump.

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You want the rights to some of the classic horror franchises to escape the clutches of Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes? Be careful what you wish for.

A lot of people really don’t like the Platinum Dunes horror remakes. Easy enough to understand; hell, as far as I’m concerned there are only two real Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies, and they both have Tobe Hooper‘s name on the director’s card. But people who will see and complain about the Dunes films won’t even touch the Saw franchise. (Which leads me to wonder just who is seeing the Saw movies to make them successful. Damn kids!) Where does that leave fans of a series like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which is now passing from Platinum Dunes into the hands of Saw‘s Twisted Pictures? More to the point, will we ever have to suffer through the marketing for a Texas ChainSAW Massacre? Read More »

VOTD: The SAW Mentos Commercial

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If the horror film Saw was a Mentos commercial… it would look something like this. Warning: the mash-up includes spoilers from the original Saw film. Video after the jump.
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I’m not a fan of the Saw series at all, not so far, so I would like to solicit your comments on what makes it worthwhile. It’s a mystery to me how it attracts so many viewers. And, while you’re here, Saw fans, please also share your feelings on the upcoming videogame spin-off.

The game was in development for a good while before original publisher Brash went bankrupt. Konami have now picked up the pieces (ahem) and revealed what they can to Variety – including a few screenshots. The key details, and a look at a couple of those shots, below the break.

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