Greatest Antagonist Series vol. 62 // American Horror Icons Nr. 10
2004 - Saw
At a time where the slasher-genre seemed to have died, Saw suddenly popped up in the beginning of the 2000s. The 2000s had a lot of shitty horror movies coming through, and they all seemed to just want to give the audience a cheap scare, but Saw came and did something different, which would make it spawn its own franchise that still continues to this day with the new Jigsaw movie...
Saw is about a serial killer, like so many other slasher-films, but this maniac does not have a mask, supernatural powers, or even a favorite weapon-of-choice. He is merely a very old man who is dying of cancer. He feels it is unfair that he has to die, when to his mind, there are more people deserving of death than he is. So, before he dies, he wants to play a game...!
I have to say, Saw is a very, very good movie, and the franchise as a whole has become infamous for its shocking conclusions, which no one could see coming! And in the first three movies I thought the points-of-no-return were on point, And the psychology of the films is amazing. You were left with this 'Wow'-feeling of not seeing it coming, and wanting more! And they sadly gave us more...
It makes sense, that if one movie has success, there will be a sequel; however, there is a point where the movies just loose steam! The only franchises, to my mind, that has consistently been able to hold popularity across generations are the James Bond series, the Godzilla franchise and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The slasher-genre has not been so lucky. I did not want to see the new Jigsaw because of this. I feel like Saw was a perfect trilogy of horror; then came IV, and V, and VI, and... it could go on for an eternity for all I care.
Saw brought something unique to the horror scene; a completely modernization of the horror icon. The only thing scaring me more than imagining myself in one of those death-traps are the ones imagining them...
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