Let's face it, Saw is twisted. Most people can't watch these films without cringing, clenching their teeth, or grabbing at certain body parts. Although no one would ever want to take part in Jigsaw's games - if you do, I suggest talking to a therapist and grabbing a heavy dose of "Happy Pills" - there are some traps that we would literally kill to prevent ourselves from being a part of.
Here's my list of the Top 10 Saw Traps I Would HATE to be a Part of. Now, to be clear, these are not my favorite, least favorite, or most brutal. These are the ones I feel would be the worst for me to be a part. Also, no inescapable traps (sorry, Angel Trap). Let's get started, shall we?
10. The Freezer Room
Here's something about me, I live in North Dakota. North Dakota is notorious for the harsh winters, making going outside and driving almost impossible. So, I should like, or at least tolerate, low temperatures. But even people up north aren't immune to hypothermia. Now, I personally hate the cold, so being in a freezer isn't my most desirable idea. Now, add water spraying me from head-to-toe, it just became deadly. But wait there's one more thing! Being completely in the nude. Now that's a huge pile of "Nope" right there. Such is the fate of Danica Scott in Saw III. Chained from the ceiling in a freezer, she is sprayed with water as Jeff Denlon searched for the key to release her. He finds it, sure, but wasn't fast enough to save her life, leaving a permanent ice statue. Not the most gruesome trap for sure, but every time I watch it, I shiver and reach for some hot chocolate. Mmm... that's better.
9. Flammable Jelly
From freezing cold to red hot. More backstory: I hate fire for reasons I don't want to talk about, so the thought of being lit on fire is downright terrifying to me. Now I could have chosen a different fire trap for this spot, such as the one from Saw II, but I get more anxiety attacks from seeing this trap from the first film.
Now picture this, you wake to find yourself in a room. You're completely naked and covered in a jelly substance. Glass covers the floor and numbers cover the walls. A safe with a candle and a tape recorder on is in front of you. The tape explains everything. You have poison in you and the antidote is in the safe. The code is on the walls, so lots of trial and error will occur. Plus you'll be stepping on glass the whole time. And you can't forget you're covered in a very flammable substance, with a candle as your only light.
Come on, Jigsaw. It's bad enough you poisoned him, but you had to cover him in fire gel? AND make his only source of light a trusty Glade candle? Not cool dude, not cool. If you didn't know already, the poor guy in this trap, Mark Wilson, went up in flames. On that note, I haven't eaten barbecue since!
8. The Breathing Room
All right everyone, time for a calming exercise. Everybody take a deep breath in, and exhale. Deep breath, and exhale. Feel good? Well you wouldn't if this was the Saw VI Breathing Room! Two start, but one lives. How fun! The Breathing Room takes one of the most essential things to live, air, and uses it to cause the premature demise of one unlucky fellow, with each breath the person takes tightening the clamp-like device on their abdomen.
I suffer from breathing issues; not asthma but obstructed airways, so my lung capacity is also poor. I would not be the one to win. My fate would be the one of Hank, one of the two men in the trap. Unlike William Easton, the other unfortunate participant, Hank gets crushed. Poor old geezer.
7. The Knife Chair
Simple, crude and yet oh-so-terrifying! This trap was revealed as Jigsaw's first trap he ever built. The victim, Cecil, was strapped into the chair with - you guessed it - knives in front of his face. To escape, he had to push his face into the knives to press a panel, releasing him. In some ways this trap is his worst. In other ways, it's arguably his best. Of course, that's not the point of this list.
The reason it's on this list is because I physically couldn't bring myself to do it. I hate things near my face, unless I put them there. Plus the whole time, unlike his future traps, Jigsaw watched Cecil while in the same room. The good thing about this trap though is the chair was faulty. Cecil broke the chair, but was stupid enough to rush at Jigsaw, causing him to fall into razor wire, tangling him until he died. Smooth move, buddy... idiot.
6. The Hangman
Time for a history lesson! Hanging was the most common way for someone to be executed in the Victorian and Elizabethan eras, as well as during the Civil War and the years to follow until 1937. Now for the real reason to talk about hanging. If you're Cale from Saw VII, this next trap might get you choked up. Literally. As he stands in a room, blinded with his hearing obscured, his friend, Bobby Dagen, is his only hope of survival. He must walk on planks in order to get close to the key to save him. Of course, he can't see and his hearing is not as good, due to the mask around his head. Now I hate heights, due to not wanting to fall. Thinking I could fall, and not being able to even see where I'm walking, I say no. Just no. Heck, even if I was in Bobby's spot in this trap, it still would be at number 6. In my opinion though, Cale probably would have made it. But of course, Bobby tried to throw him the key. Do I need to explain the levels of stupidity in this? No? Good.
Also, while doing some research, I found that the hangman's noose was always tied with thirteen coils since thirteen was considered unlucky. The more you know.
5. The Needle Pit
This trap lives in infamy, some considering this trap to be one of the best and most creative traps in the Saw franchise; and it terrifies me. Since this Saw II trap is so well known, I'll be quick about it. In this trap, one person, in this case Amanda, is put in a pit full of used syringes. Inside, the person must find a key to open a door with the antidote for the nerve gas in their system. This is one trap where dying isn't the clear penalty, but it could lead to eventual death. I. Hate. Needles. I will say it again: I HATE Needles! This is nightmare fuel for me. Just typing about it is making my skin itch. Okay, moving on. Like, NOW!
4. The Mausoleum Trap
Sight and speech, two very important tools we use in our everyday lives. Some are unfortunate and have no ability to use one or the other. Some have theirs taken away. And some have their eyes or mouth sewn shut and must try not to die. Oh wait, no they don't - unless you're Trevor and Art from Saw IV - but otherwise you have nothing to worry about.
The trap consists of a mechanism that would reel the two unlucky fellows towards it, to the point that their necks would eventually have broken. The key to their chains and their survival was on the back of Trevor's neck but he couldn't see it and Art's mouth was sewn shut.
Trevor thought that Art was the enemy and after knocking over some tools like an axe, a hammer, and some meat-hooks, he fumbled to pick up a hook as Art picked up the axe to defend himself. Art eventually killed Trevor, unlocked his chains, and ripped open his sewn lips. Communication is key in my life and job. Not seeing is a terrifying thought, but I have a thing called "Shutting Up is Impossible." I would go crazy not being able to speak. And I couldn't win the fight to the death. I'm kind of a wuss. I would be screwed in this situation. Hands down, screwed.
3. Reverse Bear-Trap
I'm keeping this one super short. This is one of the most well-known traps in the franchise. It pulls your jaws open to fatal levels. Need I say more? Really? Fine. Amanda Young is the victim of this trap from the first Saw movie. The key to saving her life is in the stomach of a paralyzed man, Donnie Greco, her drug-dealer. She cuts him open, gets the key, takes off the trap, the doll comes and talks nonsense, and they all live Happily Ever After! I love this trap, but if I was in either Amanda's or Donnie's shoes, I would die. I couldn't stab anyone if it would kill them. And I know someone would be happy to kill me to survive. I would die a horrible death. See, I kept it short. Next!
2. The Carousel Room
I will admit, Saw VI was probably my favorite Saw movie. I love the design of most of the traps in this movie the best. One of my favorite kinds of traps is decision traps. Having to choose between one person or the other to die. But this trap has six people to choose from, and only two survivors can leave. William has already had to choose someone to die in the Hanging Room, but the choice isn't so obvious here. Each of the six people try and talk their way to survival, but eventually there were two left to see the light of day. Now if William did nothing, they would all perish. I would have to do this since I couldn't choose someone to die. The guilt would consume my soul. I hate things consuming my soul. They make life hard. But seriously, I don't have the stomach to do this.
1. The Rack
In this trap from Saw III, Jeff Denlon has a choice. Save the person who killed his son in a drunk car crash, Timothy Young, or let him die in horrible agony. Timothy is strapped to a machine that will twist his arms, legs, and eventually his head 180 degrees. He could have been unlocked by the key Jeff was able to get from the box with the shotgun, which killed Judge Halden. Although he tried to save him and forgive, he couldn't locate the keyhole and Timothy died.
Now look, we're all going to die, that's just a fact, but I want to go peacefully and painlessly. This is the exact opposite of how I would want to die. Broken bones, punctured skin, the cracking of limbs and grinding of gears being the last things I hear. This is terrifying, and disgusting in so many ways. You know what else? This trap is canonically Jigsaw's favorite trap. That is truly evil. And that's why it's my number one Saw trap I would hate to be a part of.
Thanks for reading, I love getting feedback! What's your number one?