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Stop the Saw franchise, I want to get off

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As Lions Gate announces plans for Saw 8, a brief word from our horror expert on why it’s a very bad idea.

Film fans will be disappointed to hear that the eighth instalment of the Saw franchise is currently under construction. Production company Lions Gate have decided to continue the franchise rather than follow in many horror series’ footsteps and just remake the original. Yes – despite the fact that Jigsaw has been dead since the third film, Saw is far from coming to an end.

Is there a shortage of exciting new ideas or has the horror genre just become a cash cow?

Though production wheels are firmly in motion, Saw 8 will hopefully will not be gracing our screens any time soon. No details have yet been released, but anyone familiar with the franchise will probably be able to predict exactly what will happen in the eighth entry in the Saw series. Most long-running horror franchises start to lose the plot after around the third film. There aren’t many that survive past the third sequel without becoming a laughing stock; Saw, meanwhile, has been a laughing stock for quite a while.

Why do producers insist on making countless sequels to mediocre horror franchises? Is there a shortage of exciting new ideas or has the horror genre just become a cash cow? Saw 8 is guaranteed to make a lot of money on its release for two main reasons: 1) there are actually dedicated fans of the series, believe it or not, and 2) many of us horror fanatics will most likely give in to morbid curiosity and go and see it despite our better judgement. So it’s pretty safe to say that Saw 8 will be a good investment for Lions Gate even if it’s shit. Which it most likely will be.

SAW 4 Photo: Steve Wilkie

The scariest thing about the Saw franchise is that they keep making more, despite the fact that the antagonist, Jigsaw, is long dead. There are only so many times a person can sit through hundreds of plot holes disguised by gratuitous gore that comes across as some kind of competition between the crew to see who can concoct the vilest, most insane method of torture, before they end up laughing with boredom and disbelief. Saw is like one of those bad dreams you have where you’re too afraid to relay it to anyone in case they think you’re mental and have you locked away.

Try to name one long-running horror franchise that’s consistently good from number one through to number ten. I bet you can’t

Try to name one long-running horror franchise that’s consistently good from number one through to number ten; I bet you can’t. In fact, with series like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Child’s Play and Friday the 13th, it’s often widely acknowledged that any of the films post sequel number three aren’t worth watching at all. So why haven’t the creators of Saw realised that making an eighth film is in no way a good idea? When people are already dreading the release of your only-just-announced film and laughing at you for producing such crap, there’s a serious problem.

The first Saw film was pretty good; an eighth film, however, is a ridiculous idea. People stopped taking Saw seriously back in 2007, when the fourth film graced our screens. But if you like your films with gaping plot holes and a twisted emphasis on let’s-see-how-much-stage-blood-we-can-splash-around type special effects, then be my guest. But judging by the past seven, Saw 8 is nothing to get excited about.

 

All images: Lions Gate Entertainment

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