Movie Review: SAW 4

The following movie review is from Zach Lawrence:

Saw 4Semi SPOILER ALERT!! If you’ve seen Saw 1, 2, or 3, then you’ve probably seen Saw 4. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though. With every new Halloween upon us, SAW has become a yearly tradition, a tradition we’ve had forced upon us. And with 5 and 6 on the horizon, you know you’ll shell out the inflating ticket cost in the years to come.

So we begin with literally the most graphic gore seen I’ve ever been privy to. And while I love all that real life autopsy junk, I found this to be rough. I ended up watching the audience as much, covering their faces collectively respectively. So we have a group of throwaway actors on the trail of the already dead Jigsaw, even though his games have just begun. We’re dragged along the ragged journey of the torture location savvy police tests and trust games that we are all too familiar with. But the payouts in gore are well received, and always innovative.

Now is when they lose the audience. Now it is time for the, been there done that vibe that seems to linger just a tad longer then we want, and we are thrust into that, “just let us know who the fuck the new killer is this time” feeling. Donnie Walhberg returns all too briefly for a very unsatisfying appearance. And he is the only real name this movie has going for it now, besides the new Robert Englund of the next generation, Tobin Bell.

This movie is good Halloween fodder that is supposed to be seasonal, and with its release we have the expectation of next year’s contribution, and that’s what its good for. I don’t “Dare You To See It”, but rather give you the appropriate information that this movie isn’t great. But it is “Saw” great. So if you want to be moved, go see Gone Baby Gone (Terrific), if you want Halloweeny goodness just for shits and giggles, (Cliché’ approaching) See Saw 4.


Lionsgate is running a SAW marathon in some cities on October 25th starting at 6:00pm. So if you want to see the whole Jigsaw series from the beginning, this may be your chance. I’m not sure exactly how this will be run, if there will be a break or intermission (I assume that will be the case), but it seems like a great idea. And SAW 4 will be shown at midnight, how great is that? I wish more movie franchises would do something like this.

When I met with Steven Spielberg last week, he was asked about the possibility of seeing the originally Indy trilogy on the big screen prior to Crystal Skull. And while, he wasn’t totally against the idea (he seemed excited about the possibility for  a few seconds), he said he is concerned that a large scale rerelease would take the event type feeling away from the fourth film. He was worried that if people could go to the theater to see Indy on the big screen, Crystal Skull wouldn’t be as special.  While I agree, I think Lionsgate is handling it right.

You buy one extremely overpriced ticket for the night before at 6:00pm, and get to watch the trilogy back-to-back. And then at midnight, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I think if you did this in every major city, you could pack at least one theater for the whole eight hour marathon.

You can check your local area for SAW Marathon tickets on

Two New Saw 4 Photos, One MAJOR Spoiler


Our friends at have posted a couple new photos from SAW 4. One of which is a HUGE spoiler, so don’t continue after the jump if you don’t want to know.
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SAW 4 Teaser: Jigsaw’s Autopsy

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Lionsgate has released a new teaser trailer for SAW 4 which features a VERY gory autopsy of Jigsaw. I’m still not really looking forward to this one, but I must admit that the autopsy reveal is a pretty clever way to open up the story. Watch the teaser after the jump.
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Saw 4 Teaser Movie Trailer

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Lionsgate has finally released a teaser trailer for SAW IV. And like any good teaser, it shows us very little, while making us want more. I’m still amazed at how little we’ve seen or know about this film, at this late stage of the game (two months before release). I’m still very unsure if this one will be any good. And if it was any good, don’t you think they would flaunt some photos or footage to get the horror fans excited? The low key approach worries me a bit. I barely liked the last one. Check out the new trailer after the jump.
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Saw 4 PosterAt Comic-Con in July, SAW IV producer Mark Burg announced that the MPAA had given the first cut of the film an NC-17 Rating.

“One day we’d like to have the guts and leave it like it is”

Well no guts this time around (apparently), because the MPAA have given a new cut of the film an R-Rating for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture throughout, and for language. I’m sure we’ll be able to see more of what the film could have been when the unrated dvd gets released next year (like we assume it will).

IGN has also premiered the new and final theatrical poster (seen right), which shows the women from the first production photo wearing the pig mask. I’m surprised at how little Lionsgate has released about this film thus far. We still have no idea what is going on in many of the photos and marketing art that has been released.


Last month we published the international poster for SAW 4. The poster has now been Americanized. What does that mean? Bigger and more in your face. Above you will see the original international poster left, and the new U.S. poster right. Click on either image to enlarge.

The official SAW website has also revealed a new image from the film. I have to warn you, it’s pretty gruesome, and might possibly be a death involved plot spoiler. But you can check that out after the jump.

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SAW 4 Comic-Con Video Clip Now Online

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Lionsgate premiered a clip from SAW 4 at Comic-Con 2007 (our coverage). You can now view that clip online at The video is from a studio source which leads me to believe that this is some sort of official release (as opposed to those god awful illegal cell phone video clips on YouTube). You can check out the embedded clip after the jump.
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MPAA Gives SAW IV an NC-17 Rating

SAW 4SAW IV producer Mark Burg and director Darren Lynn Bousman announced at Comic-Con that the MPAA has given SAW 4 an NC-17 rating. I assume they will go back and make cuts to earn a R-rating but producer Mark Burg says “One day we’d like to have the guts and leave it like it is” So who knows. I’m sure Lionsgate wants to reach as many people as possible and unfortunately that means they must conform to the ratings board. In fact, even a clip of the first five minutes of the film was rejected by Comic-Con because it was too intense.

Bousman says that if there was ever a line that he promised himself he wouldn’t cross, he crossed that line in SAW 4. And as for the critics, Bousman says “Fuck em”. Burg adds, “We’d like to think that you (the fans) are coming for the story in addition to the fucked up brutal violence”

“With the last two films the traps were the very last things we worked on,” says Bousman. “It starts with the themes first.”

When asked how there can be a Saw 4 when (spoiler alert) Jigsaw dies in the third film. Bousman says “In our world, legends never die.” Producer Mark Burg promises fans that there are no cheats, and that fans will be shocked to find out who everything happens.

“I think it;’s the best ending of any SAW movie we’ve done yet,” said Burg, who promises the biggest shocker yet.

Bousman even admitted that he thought there was no way to make a sequel when he agreed to film SAW 3, but Mark promised that it was not only possible but inevitable – there was a plan.

Tobin Bell who plays the character in the film series was also in attendance. Bell has done extensive research into the background of his character. Bousman says he has notebooks worth of data on everything about the character.

“I could ask Tobin if Jigsaw is a vegetarian and he would know and tell me why and how.”

The clip shown involves a man who wakes up in a room with his eyes sewn shut. He has a collar around his neck attached to a chain. The other end of the chain is attached to a man who has his mouth sewn shut. There is a key on the man with no vision which may open the man with no voice’s neck clamp. In the middle of them is a trap device which is spooling the chain inward. What follows was a blood filled brutal fight for survival. I’ll just say this, if they allowed this clip than the first five minutes of the movie most be disgustingly gory.

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SAW 4 Movie Poster

saw 4 posterLionsgate has released a new international movie poster for SAW IV. The poster depicts Tobin Bell’s (who plays Jigsaw in the film series) head in a supermarket produce scale. So yes, Jigsaw is dead. The previously released official plot synopsis is below. Click on the poster image to the right to enlarge.

Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead. Now, upon 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 sifting through Jigsaw’s latest grizzly remains and piecing together the puzzle.

However, when SWAT Commander Rigg is abducted and thrust into a game, the last officer untouched by Jigsaw has but ninety minutes to overcome a series of demented traps and save an old friend or face the deadly consequences.

Saw 4 hits theaters on October 26th 2007.