Andyroo’s review published on Letterboxd:
“Most people are so ungrateful to be alive. But not you. Not anymore.”
Years ago, I promised myself I would never rewatch the Saw franchise. Yesterday however, I watched a trailer for the new upcoming Saw film, Spiral. As soon as “Hello Zepp” started playing, I knew it wouldn’t be long before I gave into temptation and rewatched the first film. I’ve forgotten how great it was.
I’ve missed the OG Saw. It’s so much better than the other installments in the franchise. What started as a short film, the ten minute “SAW 0.5” (which you can find on YouTube) was soon developed into a feature length epic psychological horror film. A small budget crew, taking a chance on redefining what a horror film was meant to be.
It’s gritty, disturbing, and easy to empathize with. It’s a shame that the Saw franchise soon devolved into a chain of movies that focused on gore and shock value. What once was a beautiful horror film quickly turned into a franchise testing the limits of the R rating, and seeing how much the audience could stomach without vomiting their way out the theater.
Now that’s not to say I don’t love the sequels. There’s a part of me that loves gore porn. Anything that gets my heart racing is worth watching, no matter how disgusting or torturous it may be. However, I much prefer the original Saw, back before movies like Hostel, and before James Wan was a big name.
And to add on, the original Saw features the best trap of the entire series, in my opinion. (Reverse bear trap)