9 years and 200 sequels later, its easy to forget that the original Saw was touted as the 21st centurys answer to Seven (which, in my book, is by far the best and most sadistic serial killer movie in existence). I give Saw credit for having a clever premise, a memorably diabolical villain, and a fun (if illogical) twist ending, but the majority of this surprise hit is downright laughable. Not every horror movie requires nuanced acting to succeed, but it was painful to watch Danny Glover and Cary Elwes embarrass themselves in what are probably their worst performances to date (and yes, Ive seen the live action Jungle Book movie). Spastic editing and other unfortunate directorial decisions constantly undermine even conceptually effective sequences (like the backstory of the survivor who had to dig a key out of a cellmates stomach to escape death). This is an ugly, cheap, over-the-top splatterfest that nonetheless became a goldmine and spawned the unfortunate subgenre of torture porn. At least theyre not making any more sequels.