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Movie Review Recap: Saw Franchise

Over the past week or so, I’ve revisited and reviewed all of the Saw movies. I even saw Spiral, the ninth film in the Saw franchise, on opening night and reviewed it as well. For your convenience, below are links to all of these reviews, as well as a link to a post I wrote about meeting Tobin Bell and Costas Mandylor at Monster-Mania a few years back. I even got to interview Costas Mandylor for that piece! I hope you enjoy all of the time and work that went into these articles, and remember: the game is never truly over.

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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 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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