The 8th installment in Lionsgate’s wildly successful Saw franchise (launched by Leigh Whannell and James Wan in 2004), Jigsaw, hits US Theaters on October 20th. If you’ve never seen a Saw movie, but figure now might be a good time to see what all the buzz is about, let me stop you right there; as opposed to many other horror franchises, Saw is incredibly complex and past installments are tightly interwoven into an evolving mythology.
The Final Destination films are all basically standalones; you didn’t need to see Parts 1 and 2, for example, to enjoy parts 3-5. Even series with evolving mythologies like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street are pretty easy to jump in at midpoints, as plots are relatively basic and easy to catch up on.
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If you go to see Jigsaw without knowledge of each past Saw film, you will be lost. Even if you’ve seen all previous Saw films, there is so much going on, it might be worth revisiting Jigsaw history for a refresher course. The video below explains just a few aspect of the Saw franchise that will be integral to fully understanding and appreciating Jigsaw. For example Saw III and Saw IV take place simultaneously in the Saw universe, and John Kramer aka The Jigsaw Killer (Tobin Bell) has been dead since Part 3.
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This next video is a great bio of John Kramer specifically, one that explains how this normal family man became a twisted moralistic serial killer.
We still don’t have a trailer, but the first poster for Jigsaw just hit the next last week. Have a look-see below, along with everything we know about Jigsaw so far.
Official Synopsis: Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one man: John Kramer. But how can this be? The man known as Jigsaw has been dead for over a decade.
Directed by Michael and Peter Spierig, Jigsaw stars Laura Vandervoort, Tobin Bell, and Matt Passmore.