Saw ★★★★½

This is the most fun I've had without lubrication.

This is the film that created a whole subgenre. Although truth be told there is very little torture porn in this movie and it's really more of a thriller. It's also awesome and they nailed a lot of it right out of the gate like the editing style, the awesome theme song, and the iconography like Billy and the reverse bear trap. They also struck gold with Tobin Bell who became a horror icon and who made cassette recorders popular again.

The movie itself is quite engaging with two guys trapped in a rather gross bathroom with a dead body by a mysterious killer who puts his victims in traps. I'm not telling you anything you don't already know because this became one of the biggest franchises of its day. Cary Elwes and Leigh Whannell aren't going to win Oscars for their acting, but that's really my only nitpick and this remains one of my all-time favourites. And that end twist is god tier.

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