The Saw franchise has produced nine gory, torture-inducing films to date, and here’s how they rate up from worst to finest.
One of the most popular and significant horror franchises of the 21st century is TheSaw…
With the most recent film, Spiral: From the Book of Saw lauded by critics for its fresh take on the horror franchise despite a lack of success, Saw remains one of the most popular horror franchises of all time.
James Wan became a household name after Saw debuted in 2003, and the film’s success propelled him into the mainstream. Saw 2 released in 2005 and was a box office success, propelling the IP into a full-fledged horror film series. In spite of the fact that Saw 2 did not have a director by the name of Wan, the film nonetheless managed to enthrall the audience. The idea for a sequel sprang up fast, and the first film in the series was released in October of the following year.
The narrative of John “Jigsaw” Kramer and his apprentices was brought to a close in 2010 with Saw 7: The Final Chapter, the final film in the original Saw series. Jigsaw, a mild reboot of the series that debuted in 2017, received mixed reviews. Despite the fact that it was billed as a reboot, Jigsaw had a far closer link to the previous films than fans had anticipated. Chris Rock’s reboot Spiral: From the Book of Saw returned the franchise to the big screen after a one-year hiatus due to the Coronavirus epidemic. There have been nine films in theSawmovie series to date, and this chart ranks them from worst to best.
9. Jigsaw (2017)
Jigsawtried to bring the Saw franchise back to the forefront of popular culture, but it fell short of the heights reached by the previous Sawfilms. Despite its success on a shoestring budget, Jigsaw was met with a resounding shrug from fans who felt it delivered nothing fresh to the franchise.
8. Saw 7: The Final Chapter (2010)
As the Sawhorror franchise began to show signs of waning profitability, it appeared that the 3D film Saw 7: The Final Chapterwas conceived as a fitting capstone to the saga. Outside of Dr. Lawrence Gordon’s comeback, which has become an internet sensation, it wasn’t all that memorable (Cary Elwes). The major plot revolves around Bobby Dagen, a self-help guru who claimed to have survived Jigsaw by lying about his past, and while the killings are good and brutal, the creative well ran dry.
7. Saw 4 (2007)
Saw 4 is widely regarded as the point at which the Saw series went off the rails. No, it’s not that the horror sequel is terrible; it does, in fact, offer some intriguing dimensions to Jigsaw’s genesis narrative. However, Saw 4 accomplished little more than introduce some new twists on the familiar Sawtraps and survivors schtick. This is made worse by the unexpected return of Saw 2’s Detective Eric Matthews, who eventually leads nowhere interesting.
6. Saw 5 (2008)
Saw 5 gave a boost to the horror series. Despite the fact that Saw 5 wasn’t noticeably better than its predecessor, it benefited from a stronger focus on the film’s principal antagonist, sadistic Jigsaw apprentice Detective Mark Hoffman (Costas Mandylor). With Tobin Bell still appearing in flashbacks, Hoffman is a cool, calculating antagonist who plays a cat-and-mouse game with FBI agent Peter Strahm, which keeps things interesting enough. The trap design has been a constant in the series, making it one of the most enjoyable aspects of the game.
5. Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021)
Spiral is the ninth Saw film to hit theaters, but sequel rumors and fan theories abound after the picture debuted at the top of the box office. Spiral 2 is expected to be the tenth installment in the Sawfranchise, as the film itself teased sequels. As of this point in time, the ninth installment sits above the pack. Tobin Bell’s Jigsaw was absent from Saw III, but it was time for the franchise to move on from a man who died six films ago, no matter how terrific he was in the part.
It takes a while for Spiral to get going, but soon enough, it’s like Saw without the original killer or any of his henchmen in sight. Spiral’s ultimate twist, on the other hand, is a far cry from the brilliant bombshell at the end of the first Saw. Although Spiral is a decent Saw movie, it falls short of being a truly amazing one. A sequel may be in the works, but it may be preferable for theSawfranchise to return to its roots. No, Spirali isn’t the finest Saw film, but it easily outperforms the other four films on our list.
4. Saw II (2005)
Many Saw fans will be surprised to see that Saw 2 has received such a low rating from critics. Jigsaw, played by Tobin Bell, has a much better performance now that he doesn’t have to keep pretending to be dead the entire time. Saw 2 has a less indie feel than its predecessor. The needle hole (perhaps Saw 2’s worst trap) and the glass box full of razor blades that one must stick their hands into are two of the game’s most horrifying obstacles.
Because of the aforementioned Detective Eric Matthews, Saw 2 doesn’t make the top five. Donnie Wahlberg plays the role of a vicious jerk who lacks any human empathy. The Sawsequel’s stakes are lowered because of the presence of such an unlikable individual. Because Eric is the main character, viewers are more inclined to root for Jigsaw, which is a mistake for the Sawfilm series as a whole.
3. Saw 6 (2009)
Outside of the original picture, Saw 6 has received the best critical reception in the franchise.
But the sixth film in the Saw series has had the worst box office result, earning less than $100 million worldwide solely because it is the only one in the series. A major disappointment in the film’s failure to make money is the fact that critics regarded it as one of, if not, the, smartest entry in the Saw series.
At the time of its release, and maybe even more so now, Saw 6 dealt with the shortcomings of the American healthcare system and how they effectively condemned John Kramer to death. But it’s not as though Saw 6 is some sort of intellectually stimulating endeavor. But the gore and thrills are still there, as are the traps that will make most people jump in their seats when they see a Saw movie. Just how does it achieve all of that and engage in social commentary and subtle jabs at for-profit healthcare at the same time?
2. Saw 3 (2006)
Saw 3 is the first film to introduce flashbacks to explore John Kramer’s past, which further complicates the overall timeline of the Saw franchise. Jigsaw dies in the horror film, but he still manages to complete his most difficult and intricate game to date. Angus Macfadyen’s Jeff Denlon, a bereaved father forced to choose between kindness and revenge in Jigsaw’s trials, is possibly the most sympathetic character ever forced to take part in her trials. As it stands, Saw 3 is unquestionably the finest followup.
1. Saw (2004)
There is only one reasonable pick for the top slot in the Saw franchise, and that is filmmaker James Wan’s first picture. It would not have been possible for any of the succeeding films to have been made without Saw’s foundational role in setting the stage. No matter how many times Cary Elwes and Leigh Whannell eat their way through a scene, Saw never feels like a low-budget movie because of its director, James Wan. The twist at the conclusion is also well-deservedly lauded, yet it’s difficult to defend if you think about it too much.