From 2004-2010, a certain film franchise conquered Halloween, and horror fans anticipated the next installment each year. This franchise was Saw, which became the highest grossing horror series ever, all-together earning over $873 million at the box office worldwide. And, after a seven year absence, the Jigsaw Killer has returned! The trailer for Jigsaw (working title Saw: Legacy) was unveiled on the 21st July at San Diego Comic Con. Below are a collection of images taken from the trailer (courtesy of horror website Bloody Disgusting):
The trailer definitely has an eye-opening first scene, as we see a runner go across the screen, revealing a hanging body in the background (pictured above). It's disturbing and immediately grabs your attention. It also begs the question: what type of trap was the victim in?
Cassette tapes have always been the device of choice for Jigsaw to pass on the rules of each game so it's odd, but relevant in today's world, that the messaging device featured in the beginning of the trailer is an SD card.
This opening set up looks very similar to the first trap in Saw 5. However, while the fifth one had the five victims' going towards an item while the chain was pushing them back, this set up is the opoosite: the chain is pulling them towards a wall of rotating saws. Jigsaw is always true to his word: Oh yes...there will be blood.
Ah, there it is! The cassette player has been featured in all of the Saw films starting with the first film, and became a well-known asset to the franchise. It's nice to see the familiar device return.
A shot later on in the trailer reveals the above image to actually be a trap. Of course, all we see for the time being is the well-known swirl pattern that appears on Billy the Puppet's cheeks and on the carousel trap in Saw 6.
Just in case anyone's forgotten about the original traps, the trailer reintroduces us to a famous trap (Reverse Bear Trap, which first appeared in Saw) and a not-so famous, but still well known one (the Angel Trap, which appeared in Saw 3).
Once again, another part of Jigsaw's design is reintroduced. With the way the last film ended, it's not out of the question that Jigsaw has even more followers to continue his work.
It was revealed quite early on that this film was to be set in a small barn, giving the film an isolated and enclosed environment. Saw 2 did something similar, where Jigsaw's victims' were trapped in a house filled with traps.
These syringes contain either poison or antidote...The second image also seemss referential of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.
What happens if we break the rules?
Utters one victim (pictured above). According to the trailer, there hasn't been any Jigsaw murders in ten years (in the film's timeline), so it makes sense that some people might not know who Jigsaw is.
As previously mentioned, this film takes place ten years after the last Jigsaw murder and bodies have now started piling up again, each leaving behind a jigsaw piece carved into their flesh.
One of the new traps we see is the one pictured above. Whilst the idea looks a little silly now, I'm sure this is going to be a very tense scene in the actual film.
Those eyes look extremely familiar! Billy the puppet also reintroduces himself to the world, with some bright new eyes. As a huge Saw fan, it's wonderful (in a horrific way) to see him and hear that famous giggle once again!
That's not creepy at all...
This is said by another victim (pictured above) as he meets Billy the Puppet. The new film overall doesn't look as if its taking itself too seriously, and seems to have more of a sense of humour than the previous films. I personally welcome it, but whether it will work or not as a whole remains to be seen.
One complaint that's been going around already is the inclusion of a trap involving lasers (pictured above). This is actually the one trap I'm interested in the most, and am actually looking forward to seeing. Like a couple of the traps featured in the trailer, this is one I haven't seen in the franchise before and I can't wait to see what it does once/if the victim fails.
Going back to the shot of the trap with the swirl in it, here's the actual trap seen from the side! While we're unsure of what's going to the victim hanging upside down above the trap, I imagine the red spiral is not just there for decoration...
Even though Jigsaw looks a lot cleaner and more polished than the previous films in the franchise, it still looks like a Saw film visually. My biggest complaint with the trailer is the absence of the film's famous theme (Hello Zepp), which has become the most recognizable horror theme ever. Instead, the trailer features the song Running Scared by Roy Orbison which is a slightly relaxing tune, set against horrific imagery, resulting in an unsettling trailer. Aside from the one negative, I'm really looking forward to it. It also seems to have caught the attention of the horror community: some who are die-hard fans of the franchise, and some who disliked the majority of the films.
Either way, what are your thoughts on the Jigsaw trailer? Are you looking forward to it, or do you think the franchise has died?
Jigsaw returns to cinemas 27th October 2017.