Indie Gems: Saw

Want to play a game?

Nowadays, Saw has been turned into a total joke. It was a Sundance hit that turned in a decent sequel then several horrible ones.

Let's forget all the crap that happened and focus on what started the franchise: The original Saw. Shot on a grainy hand held camera, with a dirty bathroom set and quite possibly one of the most surprising endings in all of horror. Saw turned a lot of heads at Sundance and soon found a limited release. It exploded on DVD once word of mouth got around.

Dr. Gordon (Cary Elwes) and Adam (Leigh Whannell) wake up chained to the walls in a bathroom. There's a dead man lying in the center, and an ominous voice on a tape player telling them they are part of a game. They will need to play to be set free. Obviously it isn't easy.

Saw in some cases kick started the genre known as "torture porn." The plot centers around people getting stuck in various traps and dying, but these aren't just random victims. No, The Jigsaw Killer only kills people that don't realize that life is a gift. In a way, that sort of made up for it. It didn't feel as exploitative since Jigsaw was making a valid point, but it is still wrong and you are against the killer nonetheless. When I saw this in theatres, the ending literally made several people say "No fucking way." in unison. It was a pretty cool moment as a movie goer. Saw's rep may be tarnished today due to greedy movie studios, but I still love the original and it remains one of my favorite horror films to this day.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "Most people are so ungrateful to be alive." - Jigsaw (Tobin Bell


  1. Saw is the movie which is news before its release due to several reasons. My opinion about this movie is that Saw is one time movie.This is a horror flick. This is based on game and how different characters trapped in the game. Thanks for sharing your opinion with us.


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