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Universal Orlando Announces ‘Saw: The Games of Jigsaw’ House for Halloween Horror Nights 2017

Universal Theme Parks announced today that the Saw franchise would be turned into a maze of terror at the annual Halloween Horror Nights Event at Universal Studios Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood.

John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of Halloween Horror Nights said that “SAW is one of the top grossing horror film franchises, and we’re thrilled that the fan-favorite is making its return to ‘Halloween Horror Nights. ‘SAW: The Games of Jigsaw’ will encompass the greatest collection of traps featured in all eight SAW movies to bring to life the most twisted SAW maze ever produced, and we can’t wait for our fans to relive moments from the films.” read more

Lionsgate Reveals Full Length Trailer for ‘Jigsaw’

The folks at Lionsgate have been very secretive about Jigsaw, the upcoming eighth film in their lucrative Saw movie franchise (For those keeping count, this one is a direct sequel to the uncomfortably-titled Saw 3D: The Final Chapter). For the longest time, we didn’t even know whether or not Tobin Bell would be returning to his famous role as John Kramer/The Jigsaw Killer. That all changes today because Lionsgate just released their first full length trailer for the movie!

We can tell right away that the movie will indeed focus on Bell’s John Kramer. While it’s still a mystery how he is participating in such an elaborate game of torture so long after his death, it’s clear that the mystery will be addressed with this movie. Based on some of the clips and the music selected for the trailer, Jigsaw appears to have a different tone from some of it’s earlier entries. I don’t want to call it a “lighter” tone, because one look at the trailer will convince you that this movie will obviously be just as grisly as its predecessors. But there might be a tongue-in-cheek element to this one that could lighten the gravity of all of the carnage and gore that the trailer promises. read more

New Poster for Jigsaw Revealed

Just when you thought torture porn was going the way of the buffalo, Lionsgate is hoping that you remember that the game is still on. The studio has released the first official poster for Jigsaw, the eight film in the Saw franchise and first since 2010’s Saw 3D: The Final Chapter. Star Tobin Bell, who plays Jigsaw/John in all of the previous movies (despite being deceased for most of them) also made the announcement via his Twitter account (below).

The poster, bearing the ominous tagline “Become Jigsaw”, features a familiar creepy mask on a black/grey background and oozing with eeriness. This will be the first stab at the popular horror franchise for directors Michael and Peter Speirig, who also co-directed the 2003 Australian zombie flick Undead. Much like Universal is currently doing with the Child’s Play films (Cult of Chucky due out on October 3rd), Lionsgate is hoping to revive a once-dominant slate of films that were seemingly released every year. read more

Lionsgate Acquires James Wan’s and Alexandre Aja’s New Thriller, Smart House

James Wan’s Saw and Alexandre Aja’s High Tension are two horror films which helped solidify Lionsgate as one of the premiere providers of edgy and intense new material in the early 2000’s, so it’s no wonder that the studio would be eager to work with these two filmmakers again on new material. That opportunity will soon be realized with today’s announcement that Lionsgate has acquired the rights to a new thriller entitled Smart House. Variety reports that the film is based on an original idea of James Wan, who will produce the film. Alexandre Aja will direct.  read more

Saw: Legacy Signs Its First Two Cast Members

Somewhere, Jigsaw must be smiling.  According to Variety, Laura Vandervoort (Ted) and Hannah Anderson (Lizzie Borden Took an Ax) have become the first two actors to sign on for Saw: Legacy (the Saw franchise’s eighth installment.)  While no details regarding a plot or locations have yet been divulged, the upcoming sequel is scheduled to be directed by Peter and Michael Spierig, on a script co-written by original Saw director James Wan (Dead Silence, Insidious, The Conjuring.)

 
The previous seven Saw films have grossed more than $870 worldwide, against very moderate budgets.  Lionsgate, the films’ production studio, are hoping the eighth movie in the series will continue this positive trend.  The franchise is centered around an inanimate killer named “Jigsaw”, who instructs his victims to complete gory tasks in order to win back their freedom.  In reality, the man behind Jigsaw is named John Kramer (Tobin Bell), a cancer patient who tries to hold villainous people accountable for not leading virtuous lives. read more

‘Saw’ Franchise Resurrected by Lionsgate

Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger have been tapped by Lionsgate to write a new installment to the ‘Saw’ franchise.    Entitled ‘Saw: Legacy’, original director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell will serve as executive producers on the film.  

Goldfinger and Stolberg are known for the work on horror films such as ‘Sorority Row,’ ‘Piranha’ and ‘Piranha 3DD.”   It is unknown whether the film will be a continuation of the original series or a reboot.  The first ‘Saw’ premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2004. read more