It wasn’t until I accidently caught clips of the first one years later, after the 4th one was out, while my niece was watching it, that I realized there was a little more to them. There was a police story, a real plot, a backstory, layers and twists! Oh my God, the twists! The ways these stories are woven together is a piece of work. Sometimes it’s the tiniest thread that is interlaced in a flashback, 3 movies later with the revelation you did not see coming.
One thing you always hear a lot about is the traps. Contrary to popular belief, they aren’t made just to hurt, kill and torture. In a way, they are life lessons and about choices. Whether they are choices you previously made to put you in this situation or sometimes they teach to work together. Or try to anyway. In one of these cases, they don't realize they were supposed to work until after they sacrificed all the other victims. (Oooops!)
Between 2003-2010, they released one movie a year. Even after the main character died, the series continued without the typical horror trickery of "oh, he didn't really die" or "he escaped" or something supernatural like that. Nope, he's really dead. There are other strings to be pulled behind the scenes.
After a 7-year hiatus, the Saw franchise was resurrected with "Jigsaw", continuing his legacy with a new cast of characters and the intricacies we have to expect from the Saw movies. A ninth movie, "Spiral: From the Book of Saw" is currently delayed but is scheduled for release in 2021.
Dave Christy loves horror, music, documentaries and more. He is also the co-runner of several fan based groups including Morningstars (THE Lucifer fan group also run by Melanie), and now is a member of the VIPers Spotlight Lounge team for Melanie's Muses. Other than "In The Spotlight" Features -check out his "31 Days Of Halloween Movies"