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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Brace Yourselves: SAW is Returning to Theaters for One Week Beginning on Halloween



Um, best news ever? For those millenials who weren't blessed enough to have grown up in the Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees eras have come to regard SAW as the messiah of horror franchises. And that's understandable, especially since the horror series was hailed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Most Successful Horror Franchise” of all time with all seven films grossing a total of $874 million worldwide. Even I was blown away by the first film, which debuted back on October 29th, 2004.

It was fresh, twisted, and gory--just when gore had staged a major comeback in the genre--and it had a very uncomfortable yet very real message that provided an eerier feel to it (the sin of not taking advantage of the life bestowed to you, and suffering the consequences from a masked villain named Jigsaw). It became tradition for my friend and I to watch each new film every Halloween like clockwork (until maybe the fourth film, which was just very meh). Fact of the matter was, SAW was a phenomenon, an event you supported each year along with the holiday.

But just when we thought that the event took its final bow back in 2010 with Saw 3D: The Final Chapter comes news from Lionsgate late yesterday announcing that the studio will re-release the first film, directed by James Wan (Insidious), in theaters for one week this year starting on Halloween (October 31st), ten years after it debuted on screen. My response? YAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSS. How exciting! We get to relive one of the most thoughtful American horror franchises in recent history on the big screen again.

From the press release:

“The launch of SAW was a signature event in Lionsgate’s history, establishing our first franchise and paving the way for our growth into a global studio,” said Lionsgate President of Acquisitions & Co-Productions Jason Constantine. “We are excited for our fans to revisit the twisted magic that first blew their minds on Halloween 2004.”

For those of you who haven't seen this franchise, 1) shame on you and 2) here's a little more on the premise:

Directed by Wan from a script penned by Whannell, SAW is a psychological thriller focusing on two men who wake up in a secure lair of a serial killer, with a dead body lying between them. The killer, nicknamed “Jigsaw,” leaves them tape recorded messages with details of how to make it out alive. The only way for one man to make it out alive is to do the unthinkable. The two men desperately try to find a way out, while also trying to figure out who's behind their kidnapping.

I am SO there. Who's with me?

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