The Saw series is back, with a fresh start. Chris Rock stars in (and came up with the story for) Spiral: From the Book of Saw, a new entry in the franchise with a considerably clunky title. The first Spiral trailer is now here, and it takes its time before revealing it’s a Saw film. For the first few moments, you might think this is a new cop thriller starring Chris Rock. And then…things spiral out of control (see what I did there?).

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saw reboot title

Last month, word started going around that Chris Rock‘s new Saw reboot title was (drumroll, please) Spiral: From the Book of Saw. The title came from Mongrel Media, a Canadian film distributor that handles titles for Sony Pictures Classics, Neon, A24, Amazon Studios, Saban Films, and IFC Films. That title was so…awkward that many assumed it was incorrect, or some sort of placeholder. But now it’s been confirmed: the new Saw movie really is titled Spiral: From the Book of Saw.

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Saw at 15

Horror movies tend to reflect the time in which they were made, and Saw is no exception. Following the wave of meta ‘90s slasher standouts like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, audiences were craving a scary movie with grit, a sincere film that sought to frighten and exhilarate its viewers, rather than pat them safely on the back for recognizing familiar tropes. A film that didn’t underestimate its spectators.

On October 29, 2004, Saw burst onto the scene like a feminist in a John Updike novel. Unapologetically brutal, crafted by an up-and-comer, and a total game-changer, Saw stood out against the crowd, to say the least. During the height of the nation’s constant paranoia and overall high anxiety, director James Wan and writer/co-star Leigh Whannell brought the iconic character of Jigsaw to the silver screen for the very first time – a villain who seeks not to kill his targets, but rather, to inspire them to live.

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saw reboot release date

The Saw movies used to be a tradition every Halloween season. A new sequel would roll around every October, to the point where they adopted the somewhat nonsensical tagline “If it’s Halloween, it must be Saw!” The new Saw reboot, from the twisted mind of Chris Rock, was originally set for an October release date as well – October 23, 2020. But now the latest deathtrap-laden entry has been bumped up a few months, to May 2020. There’s never a wrong time for horror as far as I’m concerned, but dropping Saw in the summertime seems…odd.

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saw reboot cast

Chris Rock‘s Saw reboot just got a heck of a lot cooler. Samuel L. Jackson has officially joined the cast of the new film, taking on the role of Rock’s father. The new Saw comes courtesy of an original idea by Rock, and while plot details are slim, there’s a good bet killer booby traps will be involved in some capacity. And if we get really lucky, Samuel L. Jackson will say the f-word.  Read More »

space jam 2

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Yes, Space Jam 2 really is happening, folks.
  • That new Saw movie with Chris Rock is going to start shooting next week.
  • The new Ghostbusters movie connects to the first film in a new way.
  • Coming 2 America adds a new cast member.
  • The writer of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle has an idea for Gremlins 3.
  • There’s yet another Iron Sky movie.
  • The Boy 2 gets a new release date.
  • Bill and Ted 3 is closer in tone to Excellent Adventure than Bogus Journey. Plus: Bill and Ted’s wives have been cast.

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Halle Berry Eats Hot Wings

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, Aubrey Plaza reviews the various creepy dolls that have been in horror movies over the years. John Wick: Chapter 3 star Halle Berry eats some of the spiciest hot wings ever, and take a look back at the totally weird animated series that was the Super Mario Bros. Super Show that ran for 65 episodes between 1989 and 1991. Read More »

saw reboot chris rock

The Saw movies always ended with a big twist, but here’s a real-life twist I don’t think anyone saw coming. Chris Rock – yes, that Chris Rock – is set to star in and produce a new Saw reboot, with franchise filmmaker Darren Lynn Bousman returning to direct. Rock came up with the idea for the film himself, and despite his presence, this isn’t going to be a comedy. Instead, the actor has cooked up something “really intense and twisted.”

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saw escape room

“Do you want to play a game?” That’s the signature question from the Saw film franchise, concocted by the twisted John Kramer (Tobin Bell) in order to teach terrible people lessons about their own limits. And though the horror franchise is currently finished (or is it?), fans can play a game of their own at The Official Saw Escape Experience in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This is more than just one Saw escape room, it’s an entire multi-roomed factory dedicated to recreating aspects of the movies. Check out a trailer below.
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new saw sequel

Do you want to play a game…again? Much like Jigsaw himself, the Saw franchise will apparently never really die. Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg, who wrote the most recent sequel Jigsaw, are apparently hard at work on yet another new Saw sequel. What elaborate, implausible traps await us this time?

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