This is what they do man. They kidnap you and drug you and before you know it you're in a bathtub and your kidneys are on Ebay. - Adam, Saw (2004)
What is your favourite Saw ending between one & seven?
WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS
Hello, my name is Nicola Irvine and I am 14 years old. I am a MASSIVE Saw fan. These aren't the reasons why but just thought I'd tell you, I am currently hoping to buy the materials in order to create a life-size replica of Billy the Puppet. I cannot wait to see the final result! My birthday is coming up in early November and it would be such an honour to win these items! Some things to add to my collection. I swear I watch a Saw movie every day! Ha ha, hope one of Jigsaw's accomplices doesn't catch me for not treating every day as if it was my last, oops! Anyway, I do hope you thoroughly enjoy my article! I have been waiting for an opportunity like this and I am so lucky I came across it! Thank you ever so much for hosting this competition! Even if I do not win, I still would have had fun writing this article! I mean, what Saw fan wouldn't like to write an article on what is basically their life?
Firstly, the plot in each movie is absolutely incredible! It is one of the main reasons I enjoy watching Saw SO MUCH! Each movie seems to have an amazing plot twist or something unexpected or dramatic happen at the very end. Honestly, I have never seen a movie with a better ending than any of the movies from the Saw series. The best ending has to be between the end of Saw (2004) & Saw 3D/VII (2010). I remember the first time I watched Saw I completely feel in love with the plot twist at the end. I mean, who would have thought the dead guy wasn't dead and was in truth the guy that put them in that room! I was shocked and I couldn't stop thinking about it. This was ages ago. Afterwards, I went on to watch the next 6 movies and I was astonished by each! I especially loved the ending of Saw 3D when Doctor. Gordon returns after 6 years! I just admire the complexity of each narrative within each film and believe it is the perfect movie for murder/mystery/crime/horror lovers like me!
Below I will state my main four favourite traps and give an explanation as to why they are my favourite. Please note, these are in no particular order.
The Pendulum trap, Saw V:
The Pendulum trap from 'Saw V' is a trap set up by Mark Hoffman who is in fact a detective. His victim is called Seth Baxter who is the man who murdered Hoffman's only family member, his sister. Hoffman has been working on the Jigsaw case for a while and cleverly thought a good way to murder this man would be to make it look like a Jigsaw murder (which I thought was extremely clever). I don't blame Hoffman for wanting this man dead, as he did brutally murder his sister but Hoffman did not give this man a chance of survival at all. In order to survive, the video tape stated he must put his hands in the vices either side of him which will 'crush his bones to dust', Seth eventually resorted to doing so after spending some time squirming around attempting to escape. After the bones in his hands had been crushed, the pendulum continued to slice Seth in half causing him to die. The main reason I admire this trap is because I love the fact that it is the first trap we see staged as a Jigsaw trap, however is not a Jigsaw trap. The tension created before placing his hands in the vice was also extremely clever and really helped build a dramatic atmosphere. Once Seth had finally given up and was just about to die, he turned to his left and noticed someone was watching him, however it could not have been Jigsaw because John had died. It was later found out it was in fact Mark Hoffman. I really did love that twist!
The Rack trap, Saw III:
Speaking of twists, this leads me on to my second favourite trap, 'The Rack Trap'. This trap is seen in Saw III. This trap is dependant on an act of forgiveness. The man in the Rack is called 'Timothy'. Timothy is the person who accidentally hit Jeff's son with his car who then died. Jeff was in the room with this man and had a chance to save him, however if he did so, he would have to make a sacrifice himself. If he reached and grabbed the key an unavoidable bullet would be shot in his direction so he would have to 'take a bullet for him'. This trap is really tense and you can tell Jeff really struggles making his decision. Jeff eventually decides to grab the key however he gently un-tied the string and thought he had avoided the bullet shot until he turned, let go and the bullet hit his friend who was in the same room. Jeff frantically rushes to help Timothy however it is too late and the rack twisted Timothy's neck 360 degrees. I love this trap because it is very dramatic and tense which really makes the audience feel involved and I ended up shouting at the screen 'Get the key! Get the key!' so it got my heart pumping!
The Mausoleum Trap, Saw IV:
Wow, this trap. All I can say is wow! This trap is truly amazing and really gets you off your seat. It starts off with Trevor wakening to a frightening scenario in which his eyes are sewn up and he cannot see. Art then wakes up and realises his mouth is sewn up and he cannot speak. He tries to scream and Trevor hears him struggling. However, as Trevor cannot see, he is lead to believe that Art is the person who kidnapped him and rages. Art however cannot speak so cannot tell Trevor what is happening. Trevor's rage is not helpful to Art, and is especially not great when there are weapons in the room. Both men are also chained to a reeling device which when the timer starts, reels both men towards the device, eventually crushing them to death. Art notices that Trevor has a key on his neck and Art has a lock, this meant that the two somehow had to get together and unite the key and the lock to escape. However, this is extremely difficult when Trevor is trying to murder Art. Eventually it results in the two of them fighting to the death and Art eventually manages to kill Trevor and escape, loosening the threads holding his mouth closed as he screamed and a river of blood gushed from his mouth. This trap really gets you jumping around the room and screaming...What's that? No? Oh, sorry let me re-phrase that. This trap really gets me jumping around the room and screaming! Not in fear but because there is so much tension! It's brilliant. I also really like the fact that he appears later on in the story where the audience see Art's 'game' has continued to the point where he has to keep Eric Matthews and Mark Hoffman hostage hoping Riggs would not walk through the door!
The Needle Pit trap, Saw II
The Needle Pit trap was originally meant for Xavier, however instead of facing the trap himself, he threw Amanda in the pit of needles. The aim of the game was to find the needle with the attached key whilst in a pit of needles which according to Jigsaw would be just like 'finding a needle in a hay-stack'. Unfortunately for Amanda, she got thrown into the pit of needles and would have incurred a considerable amount of pain. She screams whilst frantically throwing the needles about searching for the key when finally she finds it and hands it to Xavier who is by the door. They had 60 seconds to retrieve the key and unlock the door and just as Xavier places the key in the door, time has ran out and the door has been locked forever. This trap is very tensional and creates a very hectic atmosphere as I once again begin shouting at the screen.
Saw VIII theories
'Adam is alive'
I believe that the story of Adam will finally be revealed in Saw VIII. I do not believe he died in Saw II. He is never classified dead and even when Amanda suffocated him he could have easily been revived.
Here are some questions for you to think about,
1. If Adam really is dead, who has been taking all the photographs of Jigsaw's victims?
2. Amanda suffocated Adam on the right hand side of the bath tub, he supposedly died there. Why is his corpse now on the left hand side of the bathtub?
3. Adam was chained to the wall by his right foot, why is the corpse of Adam chained to the wall by their left foot?
4. Adam was shot near his shoulder in his right arm, why is the corpse shown to have been shot in the centre of the chest?
If you look in the pictures below you can see Adams wound from Saw when Doctor. Gordon shot him in his right arm near his shoulder and the wound from the corpse of Adam shown in Saw VII (also shown in Saw II) however the wound is in the centre of his chest. But who do we know from Saw who was also shot in the centre of the chest? Detective Tapp! Tapp's body was never seen or found after he was shot so there's a possibility the corpse could be Detective Tapp. Under his main shirt and Jacket, Tapp was also wearing a white shirt and blue jeans, just like Adam.
Also, at the end of Saw, Doctor. Gordon promised Adam he would get help, Doctor. Gordon doesn't seem like the type to break promises. He could have revived Adam after Amanda suffocated him, he is a doctor after all.
Either Lionsgate have made some obvious, terrible movie mistakes (which is unlikely) or Adam is really alive!
Why the original Saw movie will always be the best
I think we can all agree, all the Saw movies are incredible! But the original Saw will always be the best.
Why you may ask? I'll tell you why!
The characters in Saw you really gathered alot of background information about which really established a mental positive rapport and allowed you to connect with them on a personal level. Doctor. Gordon for example, not only do we know he is a surgeon who kind of cheated on his wife but we know what hospital he works at, he was an original suspect, we know about his wife and child, we know he was John Kramers doctor etc. We really get fed alot of information about Lawrence which really makes us connect with the character. I feel as if in the other movies, that wasn't seen so much. For example, I think a lot more could have been said about Bobby in Saw VII and alot more background information could have been shown about Mark Hoffman, as he is one of the main characters.
I don't think any Saw movie (apart from Saw VII which is extremely close) can measure up to the amazing ending seen within the original Saw. Who would have expected the guy that you believed to be dead all along just gets up, tears off some fake wounds then points out where the key was all along. Brilliant.
Thank you very much for reading this article, I do hope you consider me as a possible winner. However, if not that is completely fine as this was so enjoyable to write! Thank you for this opportunity.