Friday, December 16, 2011

Freaky Friday: Saw

Every so often a movie or book comes along that makes you go, "Wow! This is new!" When SAW first came out in 2004, my original reaction was just that. I could not believe the visual impact the film had on me. For most of the movie, you're watching two men captured in a small dirty bathroom trying to figure a way out. Not such a visual enticement, but...
Cartoon Sketch

Then, it gets graphic. And I mean graphic! I've actually decided to use sketches because I want to keep the blog age friendly. Everything from jaw ripping metal masks to fishing through human organs to hacking off body parts with a guessed it...saw. We are talking NOT kid appropriate AT ALL.
Hey, wait, you say, I thought this was something new and gore isn't new. No, it isn't. But, it's a large part of the movie so I'd be remiss if I didn't mention it. What was new, at the time, was the storytelling in the form of a game. Puzzles that the viewer has to unravel along with the characters. I can't tell you the thrill of trying to unmask the killer as the movie progressed and the TWIST!!! NEVER SAW IT COMING - pun intended.
I pride myself on figuring out stories - movies and books - sometimes before I even pick up the first page or the film begins. (My writing partner, Yelena, can tell you all about how I took great pleasure in spoiling Breaking Dawn. Ha! Saw it coming a mile away.) Much like Dr. House, I'm a puzzle addict, so SAW piqued my interest from the get go, and when I couldn't determine the ending...BRILLIANT!
If you haven't seen this movie, you're in for a real treat. The sequels also don't disappoint, for the most part. Although, I haven't seen the 3D one yet. Heard it wasn't so good, but I'll reserve judgement. They're also several "game" or "puzzle" style horror movies that emerged since the SAW movies hit it big. But, nothing I've seen so far has measured up to this film.

Rating: A+


  1. I remember watching Saw with my husband. He is loved it, he hates paranormal, psycho Freddy and Jason movies. He's more into realistic horror films and this one was right up his alley. It freaked me out, but was definitely original.

  2. *Sigh* One thing I could never get into was horror movies, especially the ones with gore and graphic torture. They literally turn my stomach. :( But I'm sure if I could watch it, the psychological aspect of it would have been interesting.

  3. It's good/refreshing t know that a horror picture would have come up with an endng no one (even you, Tina), could guess.

    But, I am with the others, I can't take slash/gore movies or books. I don't mind soft horror, or horror placed in just the right spots (becasue I have to write such in my books, don't you know?) But this is different, I'll admit.

  4. I actually haven't seen the Saw movies, and I love horror movies! The idea of a puzzle the movie watcher has to figure out is intriguing. Guess I'll have to break down and see it!

  5. I love movies and books with a good twist, or an ending that shows you all the bits you need to put it together, but you miss it...and the ending is a total WOW moment.I agree, brilliant!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse