🎶It’s the most wonderful time of the year.🎶
Welcome to Spooptoberfest 2020, a month-long celebration of all things horror. This year, we’re taking a look at my all-time favorite horror franchise: SAW. I know what you’re thinking, “Are you serious? Why?” and obviously there is nothing I can say to fully express why I love this franchise so much, I had such a hard time choosing the order for this list, but I hope to give some insight this year. And yes, I am beyond hyped for Spiral.
With SAW, I want to take every trap from all 9 movies and list my top 10. This is my personal opinion and I am basing my choices on the following criteria:
- Design / Aesthetic
- Entertainment Value
Now with some of these, I need to be careful, because if you’re like me and very knowledgeable in SAW lore, then you’ll know that there are many traps that don’t abide by the original rules: a person being tortured and the main player of the game has to free them, two players face each other and one must die for the other to live, and there are traps that are made to kill as opposed to acting as a “tool” to change a person’s life. If I include any traps that fall into either or both of those categories, I will make special note of that.
Without any further adieu, as our lord and savior once said, “Let the game begin”.
#6: The Bedroom Trap
Film: SAW IV
Back again with SAW IV. This time, we are looking at a trap from the main game of the film. SAW IV follows Officer Daniel Rigg, who is now a part of this game becasue, according to Jigsaw “Hello, Officer Rigg. Welcome to your rebirth. For years, you have stood by and witnessed as your colleagues have fallen. You have remained untouched, while Eric Matthews has disappeared. But, with your survival became your obsession. Obsession to stop those around you from making the wrong choices, thus preventing you from making the right ones. You wanted to save everyone. Tonight, I will give you the opportunity to face your obsession. Look closely. Eric Matthews is still alive. The block of ice he stands upon is melting. He has but 90 minutes to save himself. Detective Hoffman’s fate is linked to Eric’s survival. Heed my warning, Officer Rigg: Their lives hang in the balance of your obsession. Will you learn how to let go and truly save them? The choice is yours.” Rigg’s game is special because he is never really in danger. The game takes him to multiple locations around the city, so at any moment, he could just… not listen to the rules. SAW IV holds a special place in my heart as I really like the traps, we get the origin of Jigsaw, and an incredible twist at the end along with one of my favorite deaths.
Jigsaw’s Explanation: “Hello, Ivan. As a voyeur, you have kept photos of those you have victimized. Can you see the pain you have brought them? You have torn apart their lives. You’ve used your body as an instrument of abuse. Now I give you the chance to decide what is more important: Your eyes, which have let you blindly astray… or your body, which has caused those around you endless suffering. You have been handed the tools that will save your life. Decide quickly, though. In 60 seconds, the choice will be made for you.”
How it works: The victim is placed on the bad and their legs and arms are strapped into the contraption. They are given two buttons to hold, one in each hand.
Why I like it: There’s just something very nice about watching a sexual predator get tortured to death.