If you look at the Saw movies total runtime, does it add up to 666? Some say the Saw movies equal 666 minutes in total time, but being a massive horror geek, I wanted to check this Saw rumor out!
Obviously, the confirmation of Saw 8 (a.k.a. Saw: Legacy) will throw the numbers off next Halloween, but the claim that the Saw franchise's total running time is 666 minutes was made back when Saw 7 (a.k.a. Saw 3D) was released, and was marketed as the 'Final Chapter'.
What is the Saw movies' total runtime?
To be thorough, the running times of each Saw movie have been checked on Amazon, IMDb and Wikipedia to ensure figures are consistent.
Saw: 103 mins
Saw 2: 93 mins
Saw 3: 108 mins
Saw 4: 93 mins
Saw 5: 92 mins
Saw 6: 90 mins
Saw 7 (Saw 3D): 90 mins
Total runtime: 669
So near and yet so far... which may be disappointing to some and a relief to others. If Lionsgate wanted to slightly re-edit the series to chop off that three minutes, it would be perfectly possible for them to issue a bumper-pack, special '666' edition Saw 1 - 7 box set. Would you enjoy that kind of marketing gimmick? I quite enjoy that kind of fun showmanship, especially in days when crazy William Castle-esque fads like Smell-O-vision or buzzers under seats are no more.
Would you like to see a 'Saw' special edition box set at 666 minutes total runtime?
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What would it mean if the Saw movies added up to 666 total runtime?
The 'number of the beast' is generally held to be 666, which has been popularized in scary movies and the music and artwork of various metal bands. However, a fragment of papyrus 115 was found in 2005, which gives the number of the beast as 616, but this may be a simple mistranslation (the ancient Greek numerical system was kind of confusing, even to theological scholars). Revelation 13:18 reads:
Let the one who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and that number is six hundred sixty-six.
This would be a satisfying number for the movie runtime to hit, but would really be nothing more than a marketing gimmick — unless you are deeply superstitious!
FYI: the Unrated / Director's Cut editions of the Saw franchise puts the seven Saw movies' total runtime at 685 mins. I've not included the 9 minute runtime of the original Saw 0.5 because it was the short movie that won James Wan and Leigh Whannell the funding to make the first Saw movie, and is therefore not part of the Saw franchise proper.
TL;DR: The seven existing Saw movies do not add up to 666 minutes, but come very close at 669 minutes.