SAW Movie Marathon This Thursday

This Thursday – October 23rd, Lionsgate Films is holding SAWfest at 42 participating AMC movie theaters around the country. For only $15, moviegoers will be able to see all five SAW films on the big screen. The event will start at 4:00pm, with short intermissions between films, leading up to the midnight screening of SAW V (also included).

Five films for $15 is one hell of a deal. I’ll be at the San Francisco Metreon screening along with Jon Christensen of /Gamer. I’m not sure if I’ll make it through the entire thing, but we’re going to try. You can see a complete listing of participating movie theaters below.

AMC “SAWFEST” PARTICIPATING THEATRES

STATE MARKET THEATRE

Arizona Phoenix AMC Mesa Grand 24

Arizona Phoenix AMC Deer Valley 30 with IMAX

California Los Angeles AMC CityWalk 19 with IMAX

California Los Angeles AMC 30 at The Block

California Los Angeles AMC Burbank 16

California Los Angeles AMC Ontario Mills 30

California Los Angeles AMC Norwalk 20

California Los Angeles AMC Del Amo 18

California San Diego AMC Mission Valley 20

California San Diego AMC Palm Promenade 24

California San Jose AMC Mercado 20

California San Francisco AMC Metreon 16 with IMAX

California San Francisco AMC Bay Street 16

Colorado Denver AMC Westminster Promenade 24

District of Columbia Washington AMC Hoffman Center 22

Florida Miami AMC Sunset Place 24

Florida Miami AMC Aventura 24

Florida Orlando AMC Loews Universal Cineplex 20

Florida Orlando AMC Pleasure Island 24

Florida Tallahassee AMC Tallahassee Mall 20

Georgia Atlanta AMC Southlake Pavilion 24

Illinois Chicago AMC Loews Streets of Woodfield 20

Illinois Chicago AMC Crestwood 18

Kansas Kansas City AMC BarryWoods 24

Maryland Baltimore AMC Loews White Marsh 16

Massachusetts Boston AMC Loews Boston Common 19

Michigan Detroit AMC Star Southfield 20

New Jersey Clifton AMC Clifton Commons 16

New Jersey New Brunswick AMC Loews New Brunswick 18

New Jersey Elizabeth AMC Loews Jersey Gardens 20

New York New York City AMC Empire 25

New York New York City AMC Loews Palisades Center 21

Ohio Cincinnati AMC Newport on the Levee 20

Ohio Columbus AMC Easton Town Center 30 with IMAX

Pennsylvania Philadelphia AMC Neshaminy 24

Pennsylvania Philadelphia AMC Loews Cherry Hill 24

Pennsylvania Pittsburgh AMC Loews Waterfront 22

Texas Dallas AMC The Parks at Arlington 18

Texas Dallas AMC Mesquite 30

Texas Houston AMC Gulf Pointe 30

Virginia Norfolk AMC Hampton 24

Washington Seattle AMC Loews Alderwood 16

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UK’s Thorpe Park will be opening a SAW-themed roller coaster in Spring 2009. The coster will feature a ‘beyond vertical’ drop of 100º from a height of 100ft (a 4.5 G-force experience), making it the steepest freefall drop in the world. Riders will also endure three inversions that will add another dimension to a whole new experience of adrenaline-fuelled fun for thrill seekers. The ride lasts 1 minute and 40 seconds, 30% of which will be inside the station building. The track is 2363 feet in length. Merlin Entertainment has been working with Twisted Pictures and Lionsgate to ensure total accuracy of the key elements from the Saw films. You can visit the park’s SAW – The Ride minisite at sawtheride.com.

via: Bloody Disgusting

Saw V’s Blood Drive Event Poster

Have any of our readers participated in a Saw blood drive? Do people discuss plot points before fainting? Any stories? The Lionsgate horror franchise and its filmmakers are once again sponsoring this worthy cause while promoting the October release of Saw V. These movies were never my thing, but their signature marketing style and imagery admittedly still gets my attention. The above poster for the drive, a macabre companion to the prior poster’s pin-up sex appeal, is no different.

via FearNet

/Film reader, b-nasty, chimes in with, “No me gusta. I don’t trust Lionsgate with my blood.”

SAW V and VI Details Revealed

SAW V LogoLionsgate has revealed new details about the future of the SAW franchise. The fifth installment, follows Hoffman (Costas Mandylor), who has been carrying Jigsaw’s (Tobin Bell) legacy, goes on a man hunt after the secret is threatened.

“People escape one trap, just to get caught in another; it’s closer in feel to the original SAW as thematically it’s about teamwork. I am far and away convinced that these are the best traps we have ever had,” Producer Marc Berg told Bloody-Disgusting. “This film is far less confusing and more linear, and there are TWO great twists. Just when you thought you figured it out, we twist again.”

The film features six different traps and they shot three different endings, which will be included on the eventual DVD release. The full supporting announce was also announced, and includes: Scott Patterson, Betsy Russell, Mark Rolston, Carlo Rota, Julie Benz, Greg Bryk, Laura Gordon and Meagan Good. David Hackl directed the fifth film but will not be returning for the sixth installment after all. I wonder if the studio replaced him or if this was his own choice. SAW series editor Kevin Greutert will be making his feature directorial debut on Saw VI. Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton are back to pen the screenplay.

Also announced is a SAW video game which was written by franchise creators Leigh Whannell and James Wan, featuring all of the original cast members, and will take place in the timeline of the original film. Saw V is scheduled to hit theaters on October 24th, 2008.

sources: Bloody-disgusting, ComingSoon

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Saw films are below par.”

Brooklynite actor Michael Pitt has come a long way from starring on Dawson’s Creek, and in the current issue of Giant magazine he delivers, in context, some particularly vapid-funny-traditionally-hipster quotes about the Saw franchise, U.S. soldiers and people who won’t/don’t “get” the March remake of Funny Games.

On his film preferences…

“I don’t even know what Saw or Hostel are. Are they like Texas Chainsaw Massacre? I guess I’m drawn to things like Lawrence of Arabia.”

And then he adds…

“[Audiences that don't like Funny Games] can kiss my ass. I hope they do [get angry with] Funny Games. It challenges you. If you’re not up to the challenge, go see Saw.”

And not to get Fox News-y, but coming from Pitt, “one of the faces of Emporio Armani and a friend of author J.T. Leroy,” this quote equating being a soldier to regression is ridiculous…

“People think that, until you’ve killed someone or had someone shoot at you, you’re not a grown-up. Going to war isn’t growing up; it’s moving backwards.”

 

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