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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I Want to Play a Game: All 81 ‘Saw’ Kills Ranked

all saw kills ranked

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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Jigsaw clip

There was a time when the Saw franchise was synonymous with Halloween. Now Jigsaw hopes to capture that horror magic again by reviving the series with a brand new blood-drenched installment. A new clip from Jigsaw has just arrived to give us a glimpse of the terrors that await audiences, like walls covered in saw blades and people with buckets over their heads. Are you brave enough to watch the Jigsaw clips below?

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