|This is the poster I have and it's AWESOME.|
No. It's not.
It may have just not been your cup of tea, but you cannot doubt the originality and effectiveness of the first film, as a horror film and as a sort of thriller-mystery.
I remember the time before Saw came out - I remember seeing the trailers on TV for this new horror film and getting more and more excited to see it, despite not really knowing much about it. The only indication of the plot, really, from the trailers was Cary Elwes' line, "He doesn't want us to cut through our chains, he wants us to cut through our feet." That line alone was enough to get me into the theater. The concept of the film seemed so different; you had to wonder where a story with that kind of premise could go.
|Cary Elwes rules. And I think he knows it. Cocky bastard.|
The point is: I don't have physical reactions like this to movies, even horror movies, very often. Whatever it was that made Saw different, it had me. How did this movie work so well? Even looking back on it (several thousand times), I can't see what it was. Nothing can compare to that first time I saw it and that is why I still love it to this day. Horror films have to work on first impression and that is often how I judge them. My first impression of this film was better than any other horror film I had seen in a long time.
I asked Katie, the friend who saw Saw with me at the theater, if she remembered the experience. Somehow, I knew she would. I find out now that she's not a particularly big horror fan, but she wanted to see this movie, too. Here's what she had to say: "I remember being repulsed by both the film's gore and Jigsaw's sadism while simultaneously being fascinated by the whole experience's creepiness and horror. I wanted to look away, but I couldn't: The movie had me in its grip as an effective thriller."
|Leigh Whannell and James Wan|
And now that movie has turned into arguably one of the biggest horror franchises. Think about this - Saw was their first movie and they never imagined that it would evolve beyond even the first film. Yet apparently their simple yet highly entertaining and effective story had room to grow. And grow and grow and grow. They got the core of the sequel from Shawnee Smith's (Amanda) one little line in Saw - "He helped me." This gave root to the idea of Jigsaw's apprentice(s) and how he is (was) able to build and carry out all traps whilst suffering from cancer. And James and Leigh went from two nobody filmmakers to the hot topic of the horror industry.
|Leigh in the jawtrap; from the scene|
shot before the script was sold.
|Billy, the famous Saw puppet, built |
by James Wan
I will always be a Saw lover and supporter no matter how many sequels (hopefully, number 7 will be the last... I love Jill Tuck!) and copycats come out. It was the right film that came out at the right time and gave horror fans a dose of what they have been missing. And the blood hasn't stopped running since.