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Revisiting Saw VI

Saw VI, released in 2009, is the lowest grossing movie in the Saw franchise, only bringing in approximately $68 million. Kevin Greutert, longtime editor for the Saw films, makes his directorial debut in Saw VI. He’d go on to also direct Saw 3D. So, is Saw VI worth watching, let alone revisiting? Read on to find out.

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Revisiting Saw V

Released in 2008, Saw V featured the directorial debut of David Hackl, who had served as a production designer on Saw II-IV and a second-unit director on Saw III and IV. It is the first of the Saw sequels not to open at number one at the box office, yet it grossed nearly $114 million. Personally, I think Saw V is more enjoyable than Saw IV. Why? Read on for my thoughts.

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Movie Review — Spiral: From The Book Of Saw

It’s the opening night for Spiral: From the Book of Saw, the first spinoff movie in the long-running Saw horror movie franchise. While it’s not a direct sequel to the eight films that preceded it, Spiral takes place in the same universe that they do. I’m currently re-watching all of the entries in the Saw series, with Saw IV being my most recent retrospective. So, naturally, I had to see Spiral tonight, and I’m glad I did. Does this spinoff live up to my expectations? Read on to find out.

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Revisiting Saw IV

Saw III is the greatest sequel in the Saw franchise and one of the most inspired and well executed horror films I’ve ever seen. Just one year later, in 2007, Saw IV was unleashed upon the world, and it had big shoes to fill. Once again, Darren Lynn Bousman was the director. However, there was a new writing team on board, and they were faced with the massive challenge of continuing and expanding on the intricately woven stories of the original Saw trilogy, which felt like a collective unit. Did the team succeed in making a worthy successor in Saw IV? Read on for my spoiler-filled thoughts.

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Revisiting Saw III

If you haven’t already read them, make sure to check out my retrospective pieces on Saw and Saw II. Today, I’m going to revisit Saw III. The story of Saw II was repurposed from a script by director Darren Lynn Bousman entitled The Desperate. It wound up being a fantastic sequel that features the most unnerving trap in the entire franchise — at least for me — in the form of a pit of needles. For Saw III, Bousman is back in the director’s chair. However, this time, Leigh Whannell, one of the original creators of Saw, has returned to write the screenplay. What follows is a spoiler-filled review of the movie. Make sure to read this after watching the film.

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Revisiting Saw II

Saw II is an excellent but brutal movie. It sets the formula for the sequels that follow, and it dials up the gruesome horror from the first film to an extremely high level. Behind the camera is Darren Lynn Bousman, the same man who is directing the new Saw movie, Spiral. Let’s dive into my thoughts on Saw II.

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Revisiting Saw

I bought a ticket to see the movie Spiral: From the Book of Saw on opening night this Thursday. I’m a longtime fan of the Saw series, which is one of the highest grossing horror movie franchises of all time, bringing in more than a half-a-billion dollars across eight films, starting with the original 2004 classic. The new movie, Spiral, is not a direct sequel to the previous eight movies. Rather, it’s a spinoff — a standalone movie that lives in the Saw universe that blazes a new trail all its own. Of course, if it’s successful, Spiral could launch its own series of films, extending the Saw legend even further. On Twitter, the official Saw account is doing a movie marathon and live tweeting about it over the next few days. I’m doing a marathon of my own, re-watching all of the Saw movies. Today, I watched the original Saw. Let’s dive in and take a look at what made this movie so special.

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Shudder May 2021 U.S. Highlights

We’re halfway through April, and Shudder just revealed what’s streaming on the horror platform in May! Below is the full press release with all of the details.

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Movie Review: Tina

Tina Turner is the greatest female rock and roll singer of all time. At 81-years-old she has touched the lives of millions of people the world over with her music and life story. That wonderful music and inspirational tale are the centerpiece of the new documentary entitled Tina on HBO Max.

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Audible Review — Ghostbusters: The Original Movie Novelizations Omnibus

I grew up watching and loving Ghostbusters. I watched both movies countless times, enamored by the spectacle of both feature films — replete with stunning visuals, quirky humor, and panache. This led to me also watching the animated cartoon and playing the Ghostbusters video games on my Nintendo Entertainment System, which were, admittedly, horrible and insanely difficult, but when you’re a kid you don’t know any better and appreciate things for what they are, not what they aren’t.

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