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Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Director: Kevin Greutert
UK and US release: 29 October 2010
Starring: Cary Elwes, Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor

He said:

I can honestly say that this is one horror franchise that I haven't grown tired of as quickly as I have some others in the genre (take the Halloween franchise for example). The Jigsaw character when he was first introduced was something completely different in the world of horror, his intent was never to kill you but to make you see the value of your life.

The first two films repeated the subtle yet brillant chilling fact about John Kramer; the franchise depicts Jigsaw as the most notorious serial killer that never actually kills anyone. The idea that these victims might escape if they are willing to endure what ever physical torment is set before them is really an awesome if not terrifying concept.

SAW 3D much like Piranha 3D before it was a fun film that benefited from its overt gore and the necessity to throw said gore at its audience. This is not a franchise that is seeking accolades, this is a franchise seeking to entertain, what more can you ask for?

This will not be a film of the year, nor will it be in the top 5 film at the box office receipts next weekend, this is a film that is tailor made for the Halloween weekend for adults with out children that would temselves like a chance to Trick or Treat I give this film {{{3 out of 5}}}

She said:

As James said the thing that made the early Saw films stand out was the fact that John Kramer was playing a game in which people could survive if they really want it enough. This gave the films a moral edge... although don't get me wrong - he does some crazy-ass crap tantamount to murder!

My issue with the franchise as it went on is that it lost this grounding and turned more into a "how much gore can we fit in 2 hours". I think this 'last' Saw film was the worst culprit of this changing it from a sadistic game to a murderous bloodbath.

As they moved away from Kramer's motives we have also moved away from the simple, yet effective plot of film one. While I enjoyed many of the plot elements in Saw 3D, especially with cameos from previous victims of Jigsaw, I felt that they should have moved further away from the original story; next time either make a film with the true Jigsaw game or make something completely detached.

Saying all this of course I thoroughly enjoyed this film with lots of blood, guts and more! I was, however, a tad disappointed with a lacklustre opening and I think they could have gone further with the 3D elements. But then overall, as James said, this is meant to be pure entertainment and hasn't been made to win a Best Film Oscar. I give it {{{2.5 out of 5}}}

They said:

This is a fun franchise that we enjoyed watching back to back. We recommend the series to watch if you are a fan of horror. If we were rating the whole franchise our scores would definately go up with the original film being the best.

At the very least SAW 3D is worth renting and we give this 'final installment' {{{5.5 out of 10}}}

Question of the Day: Have you seen our SAW adaptation? What do you think!


  1. I have zero interest in the Saw series. I'd much rather see Darren Lynn Bousman - who directed Saws II through IV - work on some more projects in the vein of "Repo! The Genetic Opera" (which he also directed). I know the writers of Repo have said that there were more chapters to the story, and I'd like to see them.

    As for Saw, my interest only goes as far as your latest Vlogtag video. I thought that was a wonderful adaptation/sort-of-parody, and it inspired me. However, I have no intention of seeing Saw 3D...especially as I have even LESS desire to see blood, gore and torture in 3D than I have to see anything ELSE in 3D, which I feel is overrated and generally gives me a headache because the glasses never fit right.

  2. @Adamthealien - We didn't really have any interest in the Saw films either but we watched them back to back for a special Halloween radio show. Like we said, they really aren't going to win any awards (although the first one is really good and worth a watch if not the rest), but on pure entertainment value they are very hilarious because they are so silly.

    As for the 3D I think you must never have heard one of our radio rants about 3D. We HATE it. Mainly because it is overdone but also because yes... those glasses are horrible to wear. There are however a few films that can get away with it because they won't be harmed by gimmick value. This was one - but they didn't use it well enough. Just seemed pointless.

    Thanks for commenting :) Now go get other people to comment. Lol.

  3. I have a comment on your SAW adaptation film. So THAT's where my kitchen utensils went!