The “Play” Is The Thing In Tantalizing ‘Spiral’ Video

If you want to play games with any movie character portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson, you should know you’ll be playing with fire.

And that’s just what a mysterious killer seems to be doing in a new–but brief–clip from the upcoming SpiralFrom the Book of Saw, as reported by Check out the 33-second teaser on this page.

Jackson plays ex-police chief Marcus Banks in the ninth installment of the enormously popular Saw franchise and, in the clip, he ventures into what looks to be some sort of warehouse. On one wall is an ominous message splashed in red: “Do you want to play a game, Chief Banks?” Jackson’s response is immediate, hostile and R-rated.

Fans of the franchise will recall that the catchphrase of Jigsaw from the past films was, “I want to play a game.” So, how does this cryptic message tie into past horrors? Moviegoers won’t have long to wait for the answer–Spiral premieres in theaters May 14.

Director Darren Lynn Bousman let a few hints drop during a recent interview. “The DNA of the movie comes from the universe of Saw, no doubt,” he said. “But it’s its own thing.”

Bousman added that this installment “honors the mythology of the past films, yet charts a course for something entirely different. Longtime fans will still get the things they crave–macabre traps, unexpected twists–but (the actors) elevate this into something truly unique and special.” Those actors–alongside Jackson–include Chris Rock, Max Minghella and Marisol Nichols.

Spiral–from Lionsgate Films and Twisted Pictures–is directed by Bousman from a screenplay by Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger. The story follows Det. Zeke Banks (Rock)–the son of a famous father, Marcus (Jackson)–who becomes entangled in a strange investigation with this rookie partner Det. William Schenk (Minghella). The pair look into a series of horrific murders that are reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past.

The original 2004 Saw–from director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell–followed serial killer John Kramer (aka Jigsaw), who trapped his victims in “games” to test them through psychological and physical torture–believing that if they survived, they would be “rehabilitated”. The franchise has proven to be a box office superstar, grossing nearly $1 billion worldwide as of 2018.

Keep reading Horror News Network for all updates on Spiral and the entire Saw franchise.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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