Saw

  • Directors: James Wan
  • Producers: Gregg Hoffman, Oren Koules, Mark Burg
  • Writers: James Wan, Leigh Whannell
  • Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Leigh Whannell, Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Michael Emerson, Shawnee Smith, Tobin Bell, Dina Meyer

Photographer Adam Faulkner (Leigh Whannell) awakens in a bathtub full of water, at one end of a grimy and disused bathroom. At the other end is Dr. Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes); both men are chained by the ankle to the plumbing pipes. A corpse holding a revolver and a microcassette recorder lies on the floor between them. Lawrence and Adam each discover tapes in their pockets labeled “Play Me”. From these tapes, Adam is told that he must escape the bathroom, while Lawrence is told that he must kill Adam before six o’clock, or else his wife and daughter will be killed and he will be left to die where he sits. They find hacksaws, though neither is sharp enough to cut through the chains. Adam breaks his and throws it away in frustration. Lawrence realizes that the saws are not meant for the chains, but instead for their feet.

Lawrence determines that their captor is the Jigsaw Killer, so named due to his practice of cutting pieces of skin in the shape of a jigsaw puzzle piece from his victims. The name is a misnomer, says Lawrence, as he never directly murders anyone and his intentions are for his victims to survive with a better appreciation of life. In a series of flashbacks his previous victims are presented, including his only known survivor up to that point, a highly traumatized heroin addict named Amanda Young (Shawnee Smith). She believes that her experience in the test, in which she risked having her jaws ripped apart, has made her a better person.

Adam searches Zep’s body for a key, but finds another microcassette player instead. Adam learns that Zep was only a pawn in Jigsaw’s game, following rules laid down for him in order to get the antidote for a slow poison he had been given. The “corpse” in the middle of the floor slowly rises to its feet, peeling some bloody makeup from its face and revealing itself as John Kramer, the Jigsaw Killer. Adam reaches for Zep’s dropped pistol, but Jigsaw stuns him with an electrical shock from a hidden remote control. He tells Adam that the key for his chain was in the bath, which we saw Adam accidentally pull the plug out of with his foot at the beginning of the film. Jigsaw then flicks off the lights and shouts “Game over!” before slamming the door and sealing Adam in the bathroom.

The Grudge 3

  • Directors: Toby Wilkins
  • Producers: Takashi Shimizu, Sam Raimi
  • Writers: Brad Keene
  • Genres: Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Johanna Braddy, Shawnee Smith, Emi Ikahata, Beau Mirchoff, Gil McKinney, Matthew Knight, Jadie Hobson

The events of The Grudge 3 occur several months after the Chicago vignette of The Grudge 2. Jake Kimble, (Matthew Knight) the sole survivor, is now institutionalized after the gruesome murder of his family. His caretaker is Dr. Sullivan, who is skeptical of Jake’s stories describing a woman with long black hair covered in blood as the murderer. Dr. Sullivan has to leave Jake in his room as she has to take care of the other patients. She reassures Jake by telling him that there is a security camera that will always be watching him. When she leaves, almost immediately the lights start flickering, and Jake realizes that Kayako is here. He screams for help, but the security guard does not pay attention, but it is too late when he does realize what happens, as he sees Jake being flung around the room by an invisible force. When they arrive in the room, Jake is lying in a pool of blood. He has broken almost every bone in his body. Dr. Sullivan has become aware of the truth.

Kayako’s sister, Naoko Kawamata,is a young Japanese woman who hears of Jake’s death through the newspaper and becomes worried. Naoko knows how to stop the grudge and travels to America, more specifically to Chicago where the last incident linked with Kayako occurred. She is introduced to the Chicago apartment by Max, (Gil MicKenny) the landlord, and immediately begins to feel her sister’s presence. She meets Max’s little sister, Rose, and she somehow knows that Rose is in touch with the dead and can communicate with Toshio, Naoko’s nephew. She also meets Lisa (Johanna Braddy) and they quickly become friends, and they meet other residents of the apartment, including Gretchen, (Marina Sirtis) who is an artist. Lisa begins to grow frightened when she realizes her younger sister Rose is seeing a dead boy all around the apartment.

The final scene is of police and doctors removing the bodies and Lisa telling Rose that everything will be alright. However, as she hugs her, the final image is that of Kayako filled with rage and hugging Lisa instead of Rose.

Saw VI

  • Directors: Kevin Greutert
  • Producers: Mark Burg, Oren Koules
  • Writers: Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan
  • Genres: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Shawnee Smith, Tanedra Howard, Mark Rolston, Betsy Russell

While not much is known of the plot at this point, it has been confirmed that both Tobin Bell and Costas Mandylor will reprise their roles as John “Jigsaw” Kramer and Hoffman respectively.[4] It also has been confirmed that Shawnee Smith is set to return for newly filmed flashback scenes as Amanda Young.[5]

It has been reported by that Saw VI will be much more violent than previous films in the franchise.[5] Also, the film will have traps that pit victims against each other, similar to the mausoleum scene from Saw IV.[6]

On December 8, 2008, Tanedra Howard won the 2008 VH1 Scream Queens competition hosted by Saw actress Shawnee Smith. This guarantees Howard a role in Saw VI. Lionsgate made a public statement ensuring her a leading role in the film, although her character remains undetermined as of yet.[7]