‘Saw X’ Draws From The “Exotic” Atmosphere Of Mexico Setting

by Thomas Tuna

This time, it’s important where John Kramer is.

Saw X–the next entry in the classic horror franchise–lands in theaters Sept. 29, and fans will see not only the return of Tobin Bell’s John Kramer, but a new setting for his deadly games.

For the first time in the film series, the location is a key element in the storyline, and director Kevin Greutert recently discussed why the feature is set in Mexico, according to a report in Deadline.

“There’s such a mythology there,” Greutert said, “and the city is so amazing. And there’s a certain creepiness and history. It absolutely worked for us. It’s the first time we’ve ever said where we are in a movie, and we really leaned into that.”

Production designer Anthony Stabley agreed with the director, and added that the site is “so exotic. John Kramer will feel like a fish out of water there.”

Cinematographer Nick Matthews said Saw X will “pay homage to all the early films–with pervasive darkness and really throwing the audience into this graphic, gritty world.”

Helmed by Greutert and written by Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger, the Twisted Pictures feature follows Kramer as he goes to Mexico for an experimental procedure that may cure his cancer–but which turns out to be a horrible scam.

When Kramer realizes the deception, he turns the tables on the con artists, employing “devious, deranged and ingenious traps.”

Joining Bell in the cast are Shawnee Smith (as Amanda Young)–along with Renata Vaca, Paulette Hernandez, Joshua Okamoto, Octavio Hinojosa, Synnove Macody Lund, Steven Brand and Michael Beach.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on Saw X.


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