Director Darren Lynn Bousman didn’t create Saw, but he arguably defined it. Following the success of the first film, Bousman was handed the reins of the series and transformed it into a decade-defining horror franchise with Saw II, Saw III, and Saw IV. The elements we remember most – the increasingly gruesome traps, the ensemble of victims ensnared in a series of brutal challenges, the shockingly tight continuity – were all born on his watch.

And after over a decade away from the world of Jigsaw, Bousman is back with Spiral: From the Book of Saw. Less of a direct sequel and more of a separate story set in the world of the previous films, the ninth entry in the series is a police procedural starring Chris Rock as a detective on the trail of a Jigsaw copycat killer targeting cops. This new approach allowed Bousman to make a Saw movie without making a Saw movie, keeping just enough to tie the film to the larger franchise while forging its own identity.

/Film sat down with Bousman to discuss the meeting with Chris Rock that got him back in the director’s chair, the film’s big shift in style from the rest of the series, and the one scene that had to be trimmed to appease the MPAA.

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about my father

Robert De Niro is set to play standup comic Sebastian Maniscalco‘s dad. De Niro has been tapped to star in About My Father, an upcoming comedy loosely based on Maniscalco’s life, set during a weekend in which Maniscalco clashes with his old-school Italian immigrant dad.

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The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard Trailer

The Hitman’s Bodyguard was already a throwback to action comedies of the past with a team-up of Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson as an unlikely duo constantly at each other’s throats. But when it comes to the upcoming sequel, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, they’re throwing it back to the 1990s even harder with an old school voiceover in the latest trailer. I honestly can’t remember the last time I heard a movie use a deep, rich trailer voice like this. It’s rather soothing, even if it’s totally cheesy. So hop in a time machine ,and check out the new trailer below. Read More »

The Saw franchise is back, with the marquee names of Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson injecting some new life into it. After a one-year coronavirus delay, Spiral: From the Book of Saw is finally bound for theaters this Friday. There was a time in the 2000s when every October brought another bloody Saw flick; Spiral is the first film to break the series tradition of releasing right before Halloween. The Jigsaw Killer has never been a critical darling and casual viewers may not have kept up with his last eight appearances. However, the original 2004 Saw stands on its own and it remains an interesting cultural artifact—with more to say about the state of the world post-9/11 than it perhaps intended.

The term “torture porn” solidified around Saw retroactively, around the time that Hostel was revving up the drills and chainsaws to maim tourists on the big screen. That was in January 2006, when New York Magazine ran the headline, “Now Playing at Your Local Multiplex: Torture Porn.” Since then, we’ve often heard labels like “misery porn” and “disaster porn” applied to entertainment (there’s also “food porn,” which predates torture porn and is generally much more appetizing to watch). Yet Saw played into an older heritage of splatter horror and extreme cinema. It also gave several notable filmmakers their first big break, so that it’s now only one degree removed from Kevin Bacon…and Aquaman.

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Spiral From the Book of Saw Opening Scene

It’s Spiral: From the Book of Saw week, gang, and if you’re not sold on the movie yet, maybe this very gruesome opening scene will do the trick. This is the first official clip that really sells this as a bloody Saw movie, complete with a cringe-inducing trap involving a tongue and a speeding train. In other words, it’s not for the squeamish. Watch the Spiral: From the Book of Saw opening scene below.

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spiral clips

Spiral: From the Book of Saw is almost here, and it will either be a wonderful new revival of the horror franchise or a weird curiosity we all puzzle over. Either way, people are going to watch it, and until it opens next month everyone can tide themselves over with two new clips. In the first Spiral clip, Chris Rock receives a message from someone who is copycatting Jigsaw’s crimes. In another, Samuel L. Jackson, playing Rock’s father, comes across some of those creepy pig masks that somehow became iconic even though they barely featured into the original franchise.

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shotgun wedding first look

The nuptials between Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel go to hell in Shotgun Wedding, a comedy about a destination wedding party that’s taken hostage. The Jason Moore-directed film is due out next year, but a first look arrived this week courtesy of Lopez, who posted some pics to social media. The images show Lopez and Duhamel looking both very attractive and very roughed-up. They’re movie stars, so even when they’re covered in grime and blood they look hot. That’s how it works. See the images below.

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american psycho tv series

Lionsgate TV is dipping into their film library with the hopes of creating some new series. Both Saw and American Psycho TV shows are in the works, and while details are so slim they might as well be non-existent, horror fans will want to take note. Both of these titles actually have plenty of potential for the TV format – Saw can be turned into an ongoing series full of different traps and mysteries, while the American Psycho source material – Bret Easton Ellis’s controversial novel – is episodic by nature.

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the continental plot details

Ian McShane has said he will not be reprising his role as assassin hotel owner Winston in The Continental, the John Wick TV series that’s been in development for years at Lionsgate and Starz. But though McShane won’t be in it, his character definitely will be.

Kevin Beggs, the chairman of Lionsgate TV, has revealed that The Continental is going to be a John Wick prequel that follows a younger version of Winston in the 1970s and explores “the origins of The Continental” hotel itself. And it sounds like they’re taking the BBC Sherlock approach here, with The Continental season 1 consisting of three 90-minute episodes. Read More »

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The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard Trailer

Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson were at each other’s throats in the action comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard in 2017. After bodyguard Michael Bryce (Reynolds) and hitman Darius Kincaid (Jackson) were forced to team up in the face of danger, Bryce now finds himself haunted by Kincaid in his dreams, so his therapist has recommended that he take a sabbatical from bodyguarding. But of course, danger finds him again when he has a run-in with Kincaid’s wife Sonia (Salma Hayek), and all hell breaks loose yet again in The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard. Watch the first trailer for the sequel below. Read More »