First off i am going to post the definition of the torture-porn genre from urban dictionary......so here it is: A term coined by various critics which discusses the current trend in horror Hollywood which consists of horror movies having no story whatsoever but gratuitous images of people having random body parts removed--from legs, heads to even penises (The last in Hostel 2). It's for those who don't remember the good old days where storytelling was key over visuals.
Now to the point...SAW IS NOTHING LIKE THAT!!
THE STORY OF SAW IS VERY INTRICATE
Saw is the furthest thing from mindless body parts flying with no story whatsoever. When i went and saw(pun intended) this movie in theaters ten years ago i walked out feeling more confusion then i ever had up to that point from any horror movie. It wasnt just the major twist at the end though(we'll get to that), it was also because i had never seen a horror movie with that level of dedication put into foreshadowing and paying such good attention to dialogue specifics. The characters are developed in a very clever way where the flashbacks dont interfere with their current situation but actually do the opposite and shed light on it. The sequels were able to draw many conclusions and new plotlines just from very small details put in the film by Wan and Whannell such as the detectives finding gordons pen(which eventually was used as a tool to connect to hoffman).
THE CHARACTERS ARE NOT ONE-DIMENSIONAL
Every character in this movie is very much there to serve their purpose and not just to get killed and show a bunch of gore. Both men in the bathroom are given very rich backstories that to be honest didnt even need to be included if it was torture-porn. Dr. Gordon is a husband and father struggling to stay faithful to his wife and somewhat out of nowhere was accused of being "The Jigsaw Killer". Adam was a dirtbag who no one would miss that was taking pictures of Gordon, he assumed it was for some sort of blackmail because gordon was almost unfaithful. Danny Glover gives an amazing performance as the man paying adam to take the pictures because he has an obsession with Gordon still believing that he is "The Jigsaw Killer".
insidious part 1 and 2, the conjuring, death sentence, dead silence...NONE OF WHICH ARE EVEN CLOSE TO TORTURE-PORN!!
CREATING A HORROR ICON
There are no other supposed "torture-porn" movies that have spawned true horror icons that need 7 movies to fully explain. The vision John Kramer had was a noble one that people could very easily agree or disagree with leading to much debate over whether he is a "killer" or not. Although in the first one we did not need any backstory on this awesome character because that ominous voice saying "I WANNA PLAY A GAME" was enough to evoke fear in everyone who saw it. Not to mention the creepiesr doll i have ever seen is Billy The Puppet and the fucking(pardon my french) Pig Mask is insanely scary too.
FEW MOVIES HAVE MADE ME WONDER WHY I THINK IM A MOVIE EXPERT IF I MISSED THAT MANY CLUES AMONG THESE MOVIES ARE FIGHT CLUB, USUAL SUSPECTS, AND OPEN GRAVE. SAW AS A FRANCHISE HAS HAD ALL OF THE GREATEST TWISTS YOU COULD EVER THINK OF. AND IT IS A TESTAMENT TO THE FACT THAT EACH MOVIE STILL MANAGES TO KEEP YOU GUESSING UNTIL THE VERY END. BUT THAT FIRST TWIST.....WHAT CAN I SAY.....(STANDS UP AND WALKS AWAY)......THE KEY WAS IN THE FUCKING TUB! WHAT?!?!? THE DEAD GUY IS THE KILLER!?!??!??!!....
As my ending to this article im going to say i know most people probably disagree with me. it could be argued that the sequels were pure nonsensical no story movies with creative traps and thats it. but this franchise is unique in the way that the people who die are not always the ones that you need to know anything about. Saw is groundbreaking as it is the only horror franchise that doesnt focus on its main victim(halloween) or a one-dimensional horror icon with sequels relating to no story except the character connecting movies with no further development on said killer such as Freddy and Jason. John Kramer is the focus of all of these movies and when the focus shifts it is not to other characters but merely shifting to different parts of his plan. Every Sequel is a necessary installment to learn more about Johns "undeniable" logic.
LET ME HEAR ALL OPINIONS
IF ITS HALLOWEEN IT MUST BE SAW!
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