Saw IV

  • Directors: Darren Lynn Bousman
  • Producers: Mark Burg, Oren Koules
  • Writers: Screenplay, Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan, Story, Thomas Fenton, Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan
  • Genres: Crime, Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Scott Patterson, Lyriq Bent, Betsy Russell, Justin Louis, Donnie Wahlberg, Athena Karkanis, Angus Macfadyen

During John Kramer’s autopsy, a wax-coated microcassette is found in his stomach. Lieutenant Mark Hoffman arrives at the morgue and listens to the tape, which informs Hoffman that he, too, will be tested and that even though Jigsaw is dead, the games have just begun. Elsewhere, a game is taking place in a mausoleum, where Trevor and Art are chained to a large winch. Trevor’s eyelids have been sewn together, as has Art’s mouth, making communication between them impossible. When the winch begins pulling them together, Trevor attacks Art out of panic; Art kills him to retrieve a key from Trevor’s collar and free himself. It is later discovered that he finds a video and instructions in another part of the building.

Six months have passed since Detective Eric Matthews’ disappearance, and four days since Detective Allison Kerry’s, as noted by Hoffman. The police discover Kerry’s corpse, still hanging in the harness of the inescapable trap that killed her in Saw III. After cautioning Lieutenant Daniel Rigg for barging through an unsecured door, Hoffman is introduced to FBI Agents Strahm and Perez, who deduce that Amanda Young, Jigsaw’s apprentice, would need assistance with Kerry’s trap, indicating that there is another accomplice to the murder.

Matthews sees Rigg approaching and tries to warn him off, ultimately shooting him with Art’s provided gun; though badly wounded, Rigg crashes through the door with one second left on the clock. Rigg shoots Art as the ice blocks are released and crush Matthews’ head, killing him instantly. Art tries to explain the situation to Rigg while pulling out a tape recorder; Rigg mistakes it for a gun and kills him. The message relays Rigg’s failure to complete the task, revealing that by not letting go of his obsession with saving people, he brought about the deaths of the captives. An unharmed Hoffman releases himself from the chair, revealing himself as Jigsaw’s second apprentice, and leaves Rigg to die. Meanwhile, Strahm finds Jeff in the makeshift sickroom from Saw III. Jeff demands to know his daughter’s location, waving a gun at Strahm; he kills him in self-defense, fulfilling Jigsaw’s prediction. He is then locked in the room with the four corpses by Hoffman. As he walks out of the factory, the scene cuts to Jigsaw’s autopsy, revealing that it took place after the events of Saw IV.

Saw V

  • Directors: David Hackl
  • Producers: Mark Burg, Oren Koules
  • Writers: Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan
  • Genres: Crime, Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Tobin Bell, Julie Benz, Meagan Good, Costas Mandylor, Scott Patterson, Betsy Russell

Seth Baxter (Joris Jarsky), a convicted murderer who was released early from prison on a technicality, is chained to a table beneath a pendulum blade. A videotaped message informs him that in order to survive, he must crush his hands by putting them into two presses and pushing the buttons inside. Even though he does so, the pendulum swings down and slices him in half. The fact that the trap was inescapable marks it as a creation of someone other than John Kramer (Tobin Bell).

In a scene from the end of Saw IV, Agent Peter Strahm (Scott Patterson) enters the room containing the corpses of John Kramer, Amanda Young and Lynn Denlon, and shoots Jeff Reinhart (Angus Macfadyen) dead in self-defense. As he examines Jigsaw’s corpse, he is trapped in the room by Lieutenant Mark Hoffman (Costas Mandylor). Discovering a hidden door that leads into a passage and a microcassette that urges him not to proceed any further, he moves down the passage and is attacked by a figure in a pig mask. Regaining consciousness, he discovers that his head is trapped in a small glass box that begins to fill with water. A self-administered tracheotomy using a pen keeps him breathing until the police arrive at the Gideon meatpacking plant, where Hoffman emerges carrying Jeff’s daughter Corbett (Niamh Wilson), claiming that they are the only survivors until Strahm is brought out alive as well.

Strahm’s investigation brings him to a small underground room that contains a transparent box full of glass shards. A recorder inside the box delivers a message from Hoffman: Strahm will have to trust him and get in the box if he wants to survive. Instead, Strahm stops the tape short and ambushes Hoffman when he enters the room, eventually throwing him into the box and closing it. When the door to the room suddenly slams shut and locks, Hoffman advises Strahm to finish the tape. As the box sinks into the floor, the tape explains that if Strahm does not comply, he will die in that room with Jigsaw’s legacy becoming his own. Strahm then attempts to escape the room when the walls begin to move inward, but is eventually crushed to death while Hoffman watches from below.

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.

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]