This Friday, the recently dormant Saw Franchise will roar back to life when Jigsaw, the 8th Chapter in the series, hits US Theaters nationwide! Netflix recently added all 7 previous Saw films to their roster, meaning you’ve still got time to catch up on the intricacies of the enduring franchise—and there are many!
If you want to get back into the Saw groove, but don’t have time for a 7-movie marathon between now and Friday, you may want to focus on the best franchise offerings. To that end, our friends at Looper have put together a video essay the ranks the Saw films from worst to first. I’m personally grateful for the effort; I’ve seen all the Saw movies, but it’s been so long, I really appreciated the recap.
Have a watch and let us know what you think in the Comments section. Do you agree with Looper’s ranking of the Saw film from worst to best? What’s your favorite installment in the franchise? If you can’t stream, the ranking is revealed below the video. Below that, check out the trailer and synopsis for Jigsaw, arriving in theaters on October 27th.
Official Synopsis: The Saw series started out as a fever dream project for film students James Wan and Leigh Whannell but has since developed into a whole franchise of gore. The central villain Jigsaw initially presented himself as a non-serial killer who just wanted to force troubled people into appreciating and fighting for their lives. But as the series went on, his games eventually made it clear that he and his minions just wanted to see people suffer. As a result, some installments definitely turned out better than others. From worst to first, here’s a ranking of all the Saw movies so far…
Saw 3D: The Final Chapter (2010, Directed by Kevin Greutert)
Official Synopsis: As a fierce battle rages over Jigsaw’s (Tobin Bell) terrible legacy, survivors seek support from a fellow survivor and self-help guru, who has a few dark secrets of his own. Meanwhile, crooked cop Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) seeks revenge against Jigsaw’s wife and an author who has his own story.
Saw III (2006, Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman)
Official Synopsis: Dr. Lynn Denlon (Bahar Soomekh) becomes a pawn in the Jigsaw Killer’s (Tobin Bell) latest gory game. Kidnapped and taken to an abandoned warehouse, she finds Jigsaw bedridden and dying. Her task is to keep the maniac alive long enough for Jeff (Angus Macfadyen), a fellow victim, to complete his own task. Each is unaware that Jigsaw has much bigger — and deadlier — plans in store.
Saw VI (2009, Directed by Kevin Greutert)
Official Synopsis: With Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) still directing events from beyond the grave, Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) emerges as the heir to the killer’s twisted legacy. But as the FBI closes in, Hoffman sets in motion a game that is designed to reveal Jigsaw’s grand scheme.
Saw IV (2007, Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman)
Official Synopsis: During the autopsy of serial killer Jigsaw (Tobin Bell), a cassette tape is discovered in his stomach in which he warns that his gory games will continue. Sure enough, SWAT Lt. Daniel Rigg (Lyriq Bent) is forced to follow a blood-drenched trail of torture, dismemberment, and death in order to find two missing colleagues. A pair of FBI profilers follow Riggs, suspecting he might be Jigsaw’s accomplice, even as they unlock the puzzle of the killer’s origins, seen in gruesome flashbacks.
Saw V (2005, Directed by David Hackl)
Official Synopsis: As the apparently last disciple and heir apparent of Jigsaw, Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) goes on the hunt to protect his secret. Using a series of increasingly bizarre and grisly traps, Hoffman eliminates his enemies one by one to protect the Jigsaw legacy.
Saw II (2005, Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman)
Official Synopsis: On the hunt for the twisted vigilante and serial killer Jigsaw (Tobin Bell), Detective Eric Matthews (Donnie Wahlberg) and his team must apprehend the elusive murderer to rescue eight people trapped in an abandoned house, before they succumb to his torturous and murderous games. One twist to this task is that Matthews’ own son, Daniel (Erik Knudsen), is among the eight people Jigsaw has chosen to test for their lack of morality. With nerve gas pumping through the house, every second counts.
Saw (2004, Directed by James Wan)
Official Synopsis: Photographer Adam Stanheight (Leigh Whannell) and oncologist Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes) regain consciousness while chained to pipes at either end of a filthy bathroom. As the two men realize they’ve been trapped by a sadistic serial killer nicknamed “Jigsaw” and must complete his perverse puzzle to live, flashbacks relate the fates of his previous victims. Meanwhile, Dr. Gordon’s wife (Monica Potter) and young daughter (Makenzie Vega) are forced to watch his torture via closed-circuit video.
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Official Synopsis: Thirteen years ago, on Halloween weekend – SAW and the character of JIGSAW introduced the world to a new face of horror. For seven straight years “If it’s Halloween it must be SAW” was a holiday tradition. This October 27… Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures proudly present JIGSAW! After a series of murders bearing all the markings of the Jigsaw killer, law enforcement find themselves chasing the ghost of a man dead for over a decade and embroiled in a new game that’s only just begun. Is John Kramer back from the dead to remind the world to be grateful for the gift of life? Or is this a trap set by a killer with designs of their own? A Lionsgate release, Twisted Pictures presents, a Burg/Koules/Hoffman production.