Saw and Halloween – name a more iconic October duo from the last decade (seriously, not just memeing here). Every Fall, for a span of seven films in as many years, John Kramer/Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) – or one of his minions/impersonators – erected a maze of “torture porn” death traps for “chosen” characters to navigate. Carcasses were scorched, heads were pulverized like rotten fruit, and insides were spilled at a frightening turnover rate. Saw 3D was intended to end the franchise, but studio execs eventually realized how much money was left up for grabs.
Zip ahead to 2017 and we have the appropriately titled Jigsaw, Lionsgate’s reboot of James Wan’s infamous slaughterhouse-games franchise. Once again, audiences could rely on Halloween’s October release window for one screamingly macabre “test” designed to maim, massacre and murder with redemptive intent. When I heard the news myself, a flash of Jigsaw’s bodycount projected before my eyes and I knew – as an online film journalist with absolutely zero dignity left – what had to be done. SOMEONE MUST RANK ALL THE SAW DEATH SEQUENCES.
Unfortunately, Jigsaw is not screening for press so this article just focuses on Saw through Saw 3D. In any case, let’s get to the gory details. How does your favorite “trap” or death rank on this punishing playlist of the damned?
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ENTER THE VOID
Enter the Void is unlike anything I have ever seen or experienced. It’s a one-of-a-kind work of stunning ambition and passion—a psychedelic trip through one man’s drug-fueled perception of his life, his death, his afterlife, and his rebirth. This is not a film to be taken lightly. From its dizzying, techno-charged opening credits onward, it assaults the senses, immersing you (whether you like it or not) into a soulless abyss of life-altering despair, vacuous sex, vibrant neon cityscapes, and obsessive existential desires. For many, it will be a confounding, interminable bore, so indulgent in its own sensual kineticism that it fails to conjure up a satisfying, coherent narrative. Such a reaction is understandable, but with the current antiquated need for the same strict storytelling structure in every film, Gaspar Noé’s soaring, perspective-bending journey through an ethereal Tokyo dreamscape marks exactly the sort of unrestrained madness that today’s jaded moviegoers should be celebrating. It isn’t just the greatest visual achievement since 2001: A Space Odyssey—it’s one of the greatest achievements in cinema, period.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Deleted scenes, VFX, Vortex, DMT, Posters, and Teasers/Trailers/US Trailer/Unused Trailers.
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A teaser trailer showed brief snippets of some of the traps that have been given the 3D treatment in this seventh and final entry into the Saw series, and now Lionsgate has provided a better look. Check out the full trailer for Saw 3D after the break. Read More »
The next film in the Saw series, Saw 3D, is said by producers to be the last. And they seem to be trying to go out with a bang. There’s a short teaser trailer for the film, released today at the San Diego Comic Con, that teases some of the film’s traps, and makes the film look like it will be one big murderous clockwork machine. Read More »
Two new horror movie posters landed today, just in time for the Comic-Con’s preview night in San Diego. First up, we have the Comic-Con giveaway poster for newcomer Troy Nixey’s Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, which is being produced by Guillermo Del Toro. The poster is an original work of art by Nixey, who is a former comic book artist.
As EW says, the film “centers on a young girl (Bailee Madison) who is set to live with her father (Guy Pearce) and his girlfriend (Katie Holmes) in an old mansion they are renovating. She unwittingly unleashes malevolent creatures that try to destroy her entire family.” Disney is releasing the R-rated film under its now-defunct Miramax banner on January 21, 2011.
Check out the poster after the break, as well as Saw 3D’s official one sheet.
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UPDATE: Today STYD spoke to Saw producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules, and Burg clarifies, “The title of the movie is Saw 3D.” According to Koules, “The Traps Come Alive…[is] a tagline that was added in and misinterpreted. Most of our movies have taglines. One of the things we talked about during the campaign – especially with shooting in the 3D process, the traps really do come alive and we wanted that clear in the campaign. But the title of the film is Saw 3D.” Well, that’s too bad. Original article follows.
Because I’d hate for you to miss something as great as a Saw sequel just because of a title change, I present this news report. (If there was a blinking sarcasm HMTL tag to apply to that first sentence, I’d use it.)
We’d presumed a couple of different titles for the seventh film in the Saw series and the first one to be filmed in 3D. You know, something simple like Saw VII or Saw 3D. But the title is now — and this is confirmed with LionsGate by STYD — Saw 3D: The Traps Come Alive. All I can say is, if the traps do not in fact come alive, like the little toys in Xtro, I’m going to be wildly disappointed.
The film stars Tobin Bell, Cary Elwes, Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell and Sean Patrick Flannery, and was directed by Kevin Greutert from Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton‘s script. It tells how “a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw’s brutal legacy and 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 new wave of terror.”
Here’s a quick precis of what we told you so far, then a zinger of a punchline.
Paramount offered the Paranormal Activity 2 directing gig to Saw 6 helmsman Kevin Greutert. As an underhand measure, Lionsgate have exercised their option on the director and obliged him to direct Saw 3D instead. The two films are currently slotted in for the same release date, and the Paranormal sequel would appear to be without a director.
So, how does Greutert feel about this? His first response was relatively polite:
I’m in the middle of something really terrible right now, as anyone who has come to this site probably knows. While I fight for justice in this, the important thing is to avoid giving in to hatred and anger, because these emotions are life killers. Hopefully we will all arrive at an amicable solution. Thank you to everyone who is working with me on this.
His second, less so. It follows after the break.
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UPDATE: As one might expect, Kevin Greutert isn’t happy about this move. Check out his response at the end of the article.
This is a crazy development that, if true, sounds like stereotypical Hollywood business and absolutely terrible PR. A report has it that Lionsgate, irked by the fact that Paramount hired long-time Saw editor and recent Saw VI director Kevin Greutert to direct Paranormal Activity 2, has exercised an option on the filmmaker and will oblige him to direct Saw 3D. That’s right — the studio is, in essence, forcing Greutert to make the seventh Saw film so that he can’t help Paramount with the rival Paranormal Activity franchise. Read More »