Friday, July 27, 2007

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Saw IV Too Much for Comic-Con

Coming after Clive Barker and the panel for Midnight Meat Train might have been a tough act to follow, but director Darren Lynn Bousman and producer Mark Burg were up for it, having their first Lionsgate presentation in Hall H at Comic-Con International after years of doing the smaller rooms at the San Diego Convention Center. Their first announcement was that the MPAA had just given their first cut of Saw IV an NC-17 rating, and they would have to figure out what to do to, either to get it down to an R rating or decide whether to release it with that rating. They also had some problems with their planned Comic-Con clip, as they originally wanted to show the first five minutes of the movie but it was turned down, because it was "just too much" so they had to go with something else.

After a montage of clips from the first three "Saw" flicks, the crowd was treated to the famous line "Do you wanna play a game?" from Tobin Bell, who came out to join them and field a few questions from the audience.

Finally, they got to the clip, which similar to past years, featured one of the many deathtraps from the movie. It opened on an older bald man waking up on the floor of a room with a locked collar attached to a chain around his neck. He starts freaking out when he realizes that his eyes have been sewn shut and he can't see. He starts pulling on the chain to try to release himself and the camera follows the chain to another side where there's another guy (played by Justin Louis) and he has his mouth sewn shut. So the premise is that one guy can't see what's going on, and the other one can see but can't say anything. In between the two of them is a machine with gears that starts yanking on their chains pulling them closer to it and tightening the collar around their necks, and both of them start panicking. The blind man finds weapons (an axe and a sharp hook-like device) and he starts throwing them although he doesn't know what is pulling on him. The guys pull back and forth on the chain each one getting closer to the machine, though the lack of communication makes it impossible for them to work together on solving the puzzle. The younger guy spots a key on the back of the other man's neck and realizing that it might open the locked collar around his neck, he starts making his way over. The two men start fighting and the blinded man swings wildly with the hook and catches the mute man in the leg, blood starts spurting, and then the guy pulls the hook out of his leg and starts hacking the blind man with the axe over and over (or it might have been the hook--honestly, there was so much back and forth as they fought that it was hard to keep track). Finally, the mute man gets the key off the neck of his felled opponent and fumbles to try to open the lock on his neck but the chain pulls him closer to the machine and blood starts pouring out of his mouth because he's run out of time.


Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Tuesday, July 24, 2007


It look's awesome.

"We broke the news last year that Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton - the dudes behind Dimension's Feast - would be penning Saw IV for Lionsgate. Now that the film is in post-production we also broke the news (here) that David Hackl would be helming Saw V and Saw VI. Today we learned that Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton will also be involved in Jigsaw's next two adventures writing the screenplay for Hackl to direct. Will Jigsaw return? Who knows... but what we do know is that Tobin Bell is signed on for six. More news as it comes in."

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

SAW 5 and 6 Director Announced!

From Bloody Disgusting:

Yes I'm still blind, but the news gets even better this evening. Your #1 source for all things horror, Bloody-Disgusting, has just confirmed through multiple sources that David Hackl, the production designer on Saw II, Saw III and Saw IV and second unit director on Saw II and Saw IV has OFFICIALLY been attached to helm both Lionsgate's Saw V and Saw VI, assuming a hole doesn't form in the Earth and suck the franchise in with it. Will Jigsaw return? I'm sure he will. But this news comes so early don't expect much more until we see how well Saw IV does, which Hackl was once in the running to direct.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

SAW 4 Synopsis +1

Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead. Upon the news of Detective Kerry's murder, two seasoned FBI profilers, Agent Strahm (Scott Patterson) and Agent Perez, arrive at the depleted police precinct and help veteran Detective Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) sift through Jigsaw's latest grizzly game of victims and piece together the puzzle. However, when SWAT Commander Rigg, the last officer untouched by Jigsaw (Tobin Bell), is suddenly abducted and thrust into the madman's harrowing game, the officer has but ninety minutes to overcome a series of interconnected traps...or face the deadly consequences.

Rigg's citywide pursuit leaves a wake of dead bodies, and Detective Hoffman and the FBI uncover long hidden clues that lead them back to Jigsaw's ex-wife Jill (Betsy Russell). The genesis of Jigsaw's evil is unveiled, exposing the puppet master's true intentions and the sinister plan for his past, present and future victims.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Enhanced/High Res image from SAW 4

Check out how I enhanced the SAW 4 image so you can see more. Leave your theories in the comments.

Monday, July 09, 2007

SAW IV & V Info

  • Oren Koules on SAW 5: "We knew the story to five before we started shooting four."
  • Production Designer David Hackl discusses TRAPS: "It's not just, 'How do we kill the guy?', it's 'How do we kill them really well?'"
  • The Great Tobin Bell discusses Jigsaw's role in SAW 4: "There's plenty of him in this film. But it's not about the size of the role, it's the impact you have on the story." Tobin continues, "Jigsaw has a very interesting storyline in this film and I think it takes you someplace you haven't been before; there's a couple of extremely impactful scenes."
  • DLB (Director Darren Bousman) discusses the one and only Tobin Bell ("Jigsaw"): "Tobin always has ideas. I think that's why the saw films have continued to work." DLB continues, "There was one scene that wasn't working and in a half hour, Tobin and I rewrote the scene and it worked amazingly. He walks around with this leather-bound notebook and it's his philosophy on Saw. Any question you ask him... what high school he went to, what was his first job... he's got it in this book."
  • Producer Mark Burg discusses SAW 4, SAW 5 and the amazing SAW Crew: "It's never been easy. It's just hard coming up with a good script that quickly. And we're working on Saw V right now. Part of the day is dealing with Saw IV and the other part of the day is dealing with the writers on ideas for Saw V. Our team is so good. It's the same cinematographer, same production designer, same costume designer, same line producer, same prop master, same special effects man. These guys, they all kind of look forward to us coming to Toronto to start. It's always the same crew. It's kind of like going to a camp and everyone comes back every summer."
  • The great Tobin Bell ("Jigsaw"): "Are you ever going to see Jigsaw have a love scene? Well, I felt like I had a couple with Amanda in the last film. They didn't write any Amanda/Jigsaw relationship in that movie. So whatever we came up with, we had to come up with in a touch, in a look, in a feeling, in a moment which is blessed stuff when you're an actor. If you can create any sense of reality, any connection with your partner, it makes it all worthwhile. It feels very right. When that gets captured by the camera and makes it through the shark infested waters of editing onto the screen, then that's great."
  • Producer Oren Koules wants SAW Fans to know: "Leigh and James are still very much involved."
  • A SAW 4 tease from Producer Mark Burg: "All I can tell you is you're going to get to the end of the movie and people will go, 'Oh my God, how did I not see that coming?'"
  • The SAW Producers on the SAW 4 script-- Oren Koules: "In some ways this is our best script we've ever had." Mark Burg: "I love this script. I love it."
  • Producer Oren Koules: "One of the things we said is we love the way Saw I ended where you get to see the fans' faces and when Jigsaw started rising, people were like, 'Oh my God.' We used to watch them. So we want to have a great ending again. It's one of the things we worked from the ending back. We knew where we wanted to end it."
  • Tobin Bell ("Jigsaw"): "One of the things these guys have done really well has been to not only have all the traps and all the tricks and all the gore and all the murder and mayhem, but they've tried to infuse the films with a delicacy and intelligence that I think offsets that."
  • The one and only Tobin Bell discusses JIGSAW: "When I was doing Saw II, I came up with 130 things that disturb this guy, that disturb him."
  • Wednesday, July 04, 2007

    SAW IV Synopsis Revealed.

    Oh Yes, this is Official !

    Cast................... Character

    Tobin Bell ............ Jigsaw
    Scott Patterson........ Agent Straum
    Betsy Russell ......... Jill
    Costas Mandylor...... Hoffman
    Lyriq Bent............. Rigg
    Athena Karkanis..... Agent Perez
    Justin Louis........... Art
    Simon Reynolds...... Lamanna
    Mike Realba........... Fisk
    Marty Adams......... Ivan

    Directed by: Darren Lynn Bousman

    Written by: Patrick Melton
    Marcus Dunstan

    Produced by: Mark Berg
    Oren Koules

    Executive Producer: Dan Heffner

    Co-Producer: Greg Copelamd

    Associate Producer : Troy Begnaud

    Director of Photography : David Armstrong

    Production Designer: David Hackl

    Costume Desginer: Alex Kavanagh

    Editors: Brett Sullivan
    Diane Brunjes

    Casting Director: Stephanie Gorgin (Toronto)


    Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead.

    Now, upon the news of Detective Kerry's murder, two seasoned FBI profilers, Agent Strahm and Agent Perez, arrive in the terrified community to assist the veteran Detective Hoffman in sifting through Jigsaw's latest grizzly remains and piecing together the puzzle.

    However, when SWAT Commander Rigg is abducted and thrust into a game, the last officer untouched by Jigsaw has but ninety minutes to overcome a series of demented traps and save an old friend or face the deadly consequences.