This year marks the 10th anniversary of one my favorite film franchises, SAW. A low-budget film that took the horror genre by storm and spawned 6 sequels. It’s also sort of responsible for the genre shift into more grotesque torture horror for a while. Let me be clear, the saw series isn’t necessarily that good. I think it does a lot of things right that make you overlook and accept its short comings. The saw movies do a good job of establishing a continued world, the world of the jigsaw killer. Each movie isn’t a random off shoot capitalizing off the style and name of the franchise. Your constantly gaining insight and learning about previous instalments from the new ones. I recently went to watch the 10 anniversary showing of the film and I still love it, so here is my review 10 years late but better than never.
Saw follows the story of a serial killer nicknamed by the police as Jiggsaw. Accept that technically he is not a killer at all. Jiggsaw actually gets his victims to kill themselves. He accomplishes this by placing them in elaborate games themed around a deadly trap. If the victim can solve trap they will live, but it usually comes to great cost like physical pain or even another person’s life. The motivations aren’t exactly clear for Jiggsaw, but he accuses all the victims of taking life for granted. He views his games as therapy in a lot of ways. If they survive his game, they will have a deeper appreciation for being alive , and if they fail.. they don’t deserve to be alive anyway.