Spiral From The Book of Saw Mostly Succeeds at Re-Inventing The Franchise

Like the killers that populate them, horror franchises just will not die. In the last 20 years, few horror franchises have enjoyed quite as much success as the Saw movies. Once an October tradition, Leigh Whannell (Upgrade) and James Wan’s Saw introduced the world to ‘Torture Porn’, leading to seven sequels over a 13 year […]

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Do You Want to Play A Game? Ranking The Saw Franchise

Somewhere in between ‘masked slashers’ and ‘insidious conjurings’, torture porn briefly reigned in horror. From Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects to Eli Roth’s Hostel and the ‘New French Extremity‘ movement, horror fans flocked to movies characterized by extreme graphic violence. However, it all started with James Wan’s Saw in 2004. The low-budget movie kickstarted a […]

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Jigsaw Trapped By The Law of Diminishing Returns

I can’t imagine many people in 2017 begging for another entry in the Saw franchise. Several movie into most horror franchises are typically marked by a descent into self-parody. In some cases, later sequels just shrug their shoulders, give up, and jettison themselves into space (see Hellraiser, Leprechaun). Once a Halloween tradition in the 2000’s, […]

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