A production still of Shawnee Smith as Amanda with the reverse bear trap on her head in Saw

I Want To Play A Game

Hello Readers, I want to play a game. You have lived your life enjoying horror films and now you have a chance to be a part of that culture. At the end of this article you will confronted with a choice. Your fate rests in the careful words you place in the comments section below. Select your favorite Saw trap or make up your own and describe how you might escape or fail. Make your choice.

– Jigsaw

Directed by James Wan, Saw is about two strangers, who awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there. Faced with the reality that they were wasting their lives away, the two strangers find that they’re in a deadly game that will cost their limbs or their life to escape.

The story will suck you in from the beginning and doesn’t let you go until the very end. Most of the Saw films would later be referred to as torture porn, where as this film clearly stands a part. It is a film dedicated to the thrilling mystery of everything and only reveals its graphic violence at appropriate parts. With a lot of thrillers, fans of the genera can guess any twist during the first half of the movie. With “Saw” Director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell raised the bar.

At the time, Saw was advertised as the new Se7en. While both films have similar premises, Saw focuses more on the victims, creating a scarier film. Where many films struggle to establish the villain in an unstoppable light to create dread, Saw avoids this by hiding the villain behind itself. The film plays with an abundance of red herrings, but succeeds in avoiding confusion to the audience. The cops are written to be a little dumb, but this helps allow a picture to be painted for the killer being able to outsmart them at every turn.

There are flaws to the film such as sped-up tracking shots that have been used too many times in several other films and some of the lines are a bit cliché. However, considering the budget and that the film was made in only 18 days, it’s quite impressive for what was captured on screen.

Speaking to some of the crew from the art department, it was said that there was low confidence in the success of this film. To their surprise, Saw would gross $56,000,000 in the United States alone, within its lifetime.


Saw is still one of my all time favorite films. The ending alone will live in horror history as the most shocking and inspiring endings to a film ever.

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