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Old 01-20-09, 02:26 PM
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How scary are the Saw movies?

Never have watched any of the saw movies but have always been interested in the commercials as they show these Rube Goldberg type machines that kill people which sounds kind of cool. I'm not a big horror fan movie and hate movies like the Ring or the Grudge that have creepy kids that talk in a wierd voice or morph into a spider (or whatever)... Does Saw have that type of stuff or is it just a lot of fake blood and guts?
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Re: How scary are the Saw movies?

Its just a lot of neat traps and gore. Not really scary at all.
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Re: How scary are the Saw movies?

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Re: How scary are the Saw movies?

It's not scary at all really, more tense. But the tension is all in the traps, so it's more anticipating the gore than being scared of anything.
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Re: How scary are the Saw movies?

Not scary, more mental tension (first movie) and gore (sequels) than anything. Having just rewatched the first two, I was sort of impressed with how restrained the original actually was in contrast to the follow-ups.
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Re: How scary are the Saw movies?

Not scary, just gorey.
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Re: How scary are the Saw movies?

Not scary. IMO, the best thing the saw movies have going for them is 1. The creativity of the traps that kill the people, and 2. the way all the movies tie into one another. The sequels aren't stand alone films but rather a twist on the film before it.

I've only seen 1 - 3, so I really need to get going on 4 and 5. they're not great films by any stretch but they're pretty darn imaginitive in their execution (pun intended).
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Re: How scary are the Saw movies?

Agree with everyone else, more tension and anticipation of the traps then scary.
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Re: How scary are the Saw movies?

Agreed about the tension and suspense. Hitchcock would have loved these movies.
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Re: How scary are the Saw movies?

Really? You don't think he would have considered them almost pornographic with the mayhem so lavishly splashed across the screen, nothing left to the imagination?

Oh wait, it's Groucho.

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Re: How scary are the Saw movies?

The only thing remotely scary about the Saw series is:

Spoiler:
Random "jump scares" by Jigsaw in the pig mask
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Re: How scary are the Saw movies?

They aren't scary to me in the least, but a few of the films do have some pretty nasty traps that even had a hardened horror junkie like myself cringing. I suppose that counts for something.
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Re: How scary are the Saw movies?

Originally Posted by Groucho
Agreed about the tension and suspense. Hitchcock would have loved these movies.

I don't think Hitchcock would have cared for these remotely. After the first movie, there is nothing scary or tense about them.
It's torture porn.
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Re: How scary are the Saw movies?

Originally Posted by riley_dude
I don't think Hitchcock would have cared for these remotely. After the first movie, there is nothing scary or tense about them.
It's torture porn.

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Re: How scary are the Saw movies?

Originally Posted by j123vt_99
Never have watched any of the saw movies but have always been interested in the commercials as they show these Rube Goldberg type machines that kill people which sounds kind of cool. I'm not a big horror fan movie and hate movies like the Ring or the Grudge that have creepy kids that talk in a wierd voice or morph into a spider (or whatever)... Does Saw have that type of stuff or is it just a lot of fake blood and guts?
Give the first one a shot. As mentioned by someone else here, it's not nearly as gory as its reputation. It actually has an interesting story/premise, rather than just being a torture/gore movie (the way a number of people seem to mistakenly think). Instead of movies like Ring and Grudge, it fits more in the category with movies like Seven and Silence of the Lambs. It's nowhere near as good as those movies (for me, the story had holes and some acting moments fell flat), but I'd still give it an overall "thumbs up".

I found the series to have diminishing returns after that. While each following movie had enough of a wrinkle/twist to keep my interest, the emphasis did seem to shift to just coming up with gruesome traps. I haven't seen 4 or 5 (that's where they are now, right?), and from what I've read I'm not particularly anxious to.
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Re: How scary are the Saw movies?

They were so scary I wet myself. Don't watch with the lights off!
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Re: How scary are the Saw movies?

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Give the first one a shot. As mentioned by someone else here, it's not nearly as gory as its reputation. It actually has an interesting story/premise, rather than just being a torture/gore movie (the way a number of people seem to mistakenly think). Instead of movies like Ring and Grudge, it fits more in the category with movies like Seven and Silence of the Lambs. It's nowhere near as good as those movies (for me, the story had holes and some acting moments fell flat), but I'd still give it an overall "thumbs up".

I found the series to have diminishing returns after that. While each following movie had enough of a wrinkle/twist to keep my interest, the emphasis did seem to shift to just coming up with gruesome traps. I haven't seen 4 or 5 (that's where they are now, right?), and from what I've read I'm not particularly anxious to.
4 was incredibly bad, it should have stopped at 3 or taken a completely different route than it did.
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Re: How scary are the Saw movies?

1) Saw II
2) Saw III
3) Saw
4) Saw V
5) Saw IV

Not that big of a fan of the original, but I dig the direction Bousman took it in II and III. When the new writers came on board for IV, the film took a massive nose dive.

Saw V, while better, was more of 90 minutes trying to explain what happened in IV.
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Re: How scary are the Saw movies?

Originally Posted by riley_dude
It's torture porn.
Torture Porn is easily* the dumbest sub-genre name ever created. The people who created it clearly have never seen actual porn. Or for that matter actual torture. That's as retarded as the whole "Splat Pack" thing.

*OK, not easiest. J-Horror is strong competition.
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Re: How scary are the Saw movies?

Originally Posted by LickTheABCs
Torture Porn is easily* the dumbest sub-genre name ever created. The people who created it clearly have never seen actual porn. Or for that matter actual torture. That's as retarded as the whole "Splat Pack" thing.

*OK, not easiest. J-Horror is strong competition.
At least J-Horror makes sense. It's horror ... from J(apan). Besides, if anything should be called torture porn, it's underground movies like "Guinea Pig" and "August Underground". Certainly not movies like "Saw" and "Hostel".
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Re: How scary are the Saw movies?

Originally Posted by LickTheABCs
Torture Porn is easily* the dumbest sub-genre name ever created. The people who created it clearly have never seen actual porn. Or for that matter actual torture. That's as retarded as the whole "Splat Pack" thing.

*OK, not easiest. J-Horror is strong competition.
Then how will baracine be able to describe the content of The Dark Knight?
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Re: How scary are the Saw movies?

Originally Posted by brainee
At least J-Horror makes sense. It's horror ... from J(apan). Besides, if anything should be called torture porn, it's underground movies like "Guinea Pig" and "August Underground". Certainly not movies like "Saw" and "Hostel".
Or they could call it, I dunno.. Horror.
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Re: How scary are the Saw movies?

I've used the Hitchcock comparison before -- but only for the first one. And this thread is helping to prove that point. Hitchcock was a master at making you remember things that didn't happen or that you didn't see. The first Saw film really was not gory at all ... it has very gruesome -- but you did not actually see much of the gore (which makes it a much stronger film in my opinion).

I'll also vote for "diminishing returns" as the series goes on. The second was an decent sequel, but each one takes a step down. In this regard, they are kind of like the Bond films -- in that very few of them started with an idea for the plot. Watching the docs on many of the Bond films revealed that many of them began with a location, an idea for a stunt, or an idea for a Bond girl. The Saw films seem simply to spring from the Rube Goldberg devices.
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Re: How scary are the Saw movies?

I hate the term "torture porn". It is generally applied by those who have never watched the entirety of any of the movies in question. It is the epitome of an outsider's opinion: anyone who actually watches the films in question, like the Saw movies, has their own reasoning, but to those who don't care to see the films, they just look like a string of torture scenes. Certainly there are people who go to the Saw films for the kills, but I think that's true of almost any horror movie.

I like watching the Saw movies on a Friday the 13th level, and mainly I like that I feel (with the exception of this last one) that the filmmakers are excited and invested in pleasing their core audience with a cool twist and some clever traps.

But they're definitely not scary. Not at all.

As far as gore goes, The first one is briefly gory during the "reverse bear trap" scene and at the end. The second is not very gory at all (the "glass box" is extremely bloody, but not gory). The third opens with probably the most painful scene of all five movies, has a very real looking surgery bit and a lot of really fake other stuff, and a meat-machine scene might make you hurl for reasons other than gore. The fourth opens with more medical gore, and is pretty splatter-tastic all the way through. The fifth has a lot of blood but isn't too terrible until the last ten or so minutes.

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Re: How scary are the Saw movies?

Originally Posted by LickTheABCs
Or they could call it, I dunno.. Horror.
But aren't horror movies supposed to suspenseful and I dunno, scary?

While I thought the 1st saw had an interesting setup. I sort of got bored with it by the 3rd act. And the sub genre its created seems derivative and even more boring.

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