Nobody expected a lot from Saw. The director, James Wan, only made one movie, Stygian, which... let's be honest, you never heard of it. At the time, Saw seemed like it was going to be just another schlocky B-movie horror flick.
But audience members fell in love with Saw due to its fascinating premise, terrifying scenes, mesmerising soundtrack, fluid editing, mind-blowing twist, and one of the most intriguing villains in recent horror. The movie is so haunting, it made a whole generation terrified of vaudeville puppets. (That takes real skill.)
The film made nearly a hundred times its budget, guaranteeing it would become the new horror franchise. Despite inspiring seven sequels, the first film is considered to be the best by far.
How the original Saw came to be is just as fascinating as the film itself. What was it inspired by? How different could it have turned out? Have you heard some of the crazy fan-theories viewers have made about the franchise?
And with that out of the way, let's have a look at the 2004 horror masterpiece. (It goes without saying that this article will contain many, many, many spoilers.)
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