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Breaking Down the Traps from ‘Jigsaw’!

Jigsaw is coming. The eighth film in Lionsgate’s long running Saw franchise is set for release on October 27th. I’m definitely a fan of the series, even though my interest started to wane halfway through the initial run. Nonetheless, checking out the newest sequel in a packed theater of gorehounds became a holiday tradition…for Halloween, of course. Thankfully, producers have had a healthy amount of time to concoct new ideas. They brought on an amazing duo of directors (the Spierig Brothers) to help Saw “take back Halloween.” After months of waiting, the current SDCC finally provided us with our first look at the all the mayhem we have in store for us. While new ground does not appear to be broken here, the more colorful look is refreshing. Ol’ Billy the Puppet has gotten a fresh coat of paint, and Jigsaw looks to be the kind of film that will have audiences laughing and screaming all at once.

With a new sequel, there are, of course, new traps. Combing through the insanity and quick cuts of this 2 minute 20 second clip, I’ve rounded up all the possible “games” our new round of victims…er, characters will have to play. With each trap, I’m going to make a prediction as to what the ultimate threat is from the game at hand.

Bucketheads and Buzzsaws

The first trap, right out of the gate is a fun one, signifying the beginning of a new game. We have five people who appear to be waking up in a room, with buckets on their heads (for some reason), chained to a wall lined with buzzsaws! What could go wrong? A lot, naturally. It’s a safe bet that much like Saw 2 and most of the later entries, this will be the main story we’ll follow throughout the film. Basically, a group of strangers unsure of how they’re connected must work together, or against one another, to make it through Jigsaw’s house of horrors.

In this particular scenario, the chains binding these poor folk to the wall begin retracting, pulling them closer and closer to the spinning blades.  I’m not sure how they could possibly get out of this one, or is it merely that one must be sacrificed to spare the rest?

New Lair? Trap Redux

The two traps above appear to be homages to previous films. The first resembles “The Magnum Eyehole” from Saw 2. The second image displays “The Angel Trap” (Saw 3) wherein the victim’s torso was flayed open. Perhaps I’m wrong, but this version seems smaller and more suitable for one’s head. Considering this scene is likely taking place within the new Jigsaw’s lair, we probably won’t see these bad boys in action. Imagine, though, those nail pressing into a victim’s face only to end with their head being split open, straight down the middle. Grand Guignol at its finest.

There’s also this blink and you’ll miss it throwback that takes us all the way back to the beginning – the trap that started it all!

Edward Needle Hands

At this point, our gang of survivors has been strung along from the wall of buzzsaws into an adjoining room resembling an empty farmhouse. Judging by the trailer, a majority of the film will take place in this area with one puzzle, booby trap, or test after the other. In this case, it seems one of our own has been gifted the power. All in all, I’d say this one is fairly straightforward. The only real questions, what’s in the syringes, and what effect will they have once injected? I’m hoping for some Cronenberg-ian body bleeding, and maybe some foaming at the mouth action.

Silo of Death

This is a terribly escalating situation. It has to suck being trapped in a silo as grain pours down on you. The risk of suffocating is incredibly high; the grain itself acts like quicksand. Each pebble slowly filling up your lungs, the pressure building up around you as the well continues to fill. Finally, you manage to make it to the top and find your footing. Then, without warning, sharp pointy objects begin raining down on you. That’s the situation two of our characters find themselves in. With proper staging, this could prove to be the suspenseful highlight of the film.

Stray thought: All of this farming imagery makes me wonder if the “big evil” of this entry is a Monsanto-like corporation.

Roped and Ridden

After someone falls through the floorboards, they’re quickly lassoed up by another Rube Goldberg style booby trap. We can speculate that the unfortunate soul is going to be dragged straight into the wheels of this revved up motorcycle. Will their face get shredded à la Ash vs Evil Dead? Or are we looking at more of a drawn and quartered…bisected situation?

Laser Neck Bomb

I honestly have no idea just what is going on here. Yes, it’s clear that the man is attached to the wall via a gadget resembling the shotgun collar from Saw 3. However, this being 2017, our new Jigsaw has updated his tech considerably. We’re dealing with friggin’ laser beams, yall! If he moves his head just a hair in either direction, we’ll be seeing that pretty mug fall to the floor in pieces. Could this be the cold open to the film? It surely has the feeling of being contained enough to work as such.


Red swirl designs have been an integral part of the Saw franchise’s style. They adorn the rosy cheeks of Billy the Puppet, and they’re constantly being found in videos and messages from the master tormentor. They’ve never actually been the trap. It’s a cool idea to bring such an iconic image to life in a presumably deadly way. In the middle of Farmville, standing all the way to the ceiling is a red swirl tornado thingy. Our victim is being hung upside down within the chamber and lowered to certain death. Just what lies at the bottom of this cyclone? My bets are on decapitation with this one.

Well, how close was I at pegging the various outcomes for all of these wicked devices? We’ll find out soon enough when Jigsaw hits theaters on October 27th!



  • Darkknight2149

    Notice how all of the traps in the new lair (so far) are only from the first three movies. Further evidence to support my theory that this is a direct sequel to “Saw III” (set 11 years after Jigsaw’s death and ignoring the events of “IV” – “VII”).

    • OhhIDied

      Fifth image down shows a guy wearing brown overalls that appear to be the same ones warn by Brad and Ryan in Saw 3D.

    • Khy

      While I don’t think this particular film will go out of its way to latch itself onto the latter sequels; I also don’t think it’ll blatantly ignore them either. Completely erasing 4-7 thus creating a new timeline can cause a lot of unneeded stress. If nothing after SAW 3 happened then that means Hoffman, Jill, Strahm and others are still alive? Is Hoffman still an apprentice to John or is that thrown out? What about Jill? Gordon? So does that mean all the backstory that was revealed in those films is wasted? How will they figure into the new timeline?

      I guess I just don’t see why it would need to go out of its way to obliterate half of the series when it can simply go on without doing that. Jigsaw is dead and someone is taking his mantle- its the same plot regardless.

      • Darkknight2149

        “If nothing after SAW 3 happened then that means Hoffman, Jill, Strahm and others are still alive? Is Hoffman still an apprentice to John or is that thrown out? What about Jill? Gordon? So does that mean all the backstory that was revealed in those films is wasted? How will they figure into the new timeline?”

        None that happened until the latter sequels. In “Saw III”, Hoffman was just a random police officer, Jill Tuck was just an early love interest that Jigsaw remembered while in surgery, Gordon’s fate would be up in the air (but could easily be explained or ignored; the actor isn’t going to return regardless), and Jigsaw’s backstory in “Saw IV” contradicted his origin in “Saw II” to the point that the cancer and suicide attempt had little to do with him becoming a killer (in fact, it wasn’t addressed at all). And that is far from the only retconning those films did, as Hoffman was revealed in “Saw VI” to be the cause of Amanda’s behaviour in “Saw III” (instead of Amanda herself).

        Really, the first three films form a trilogy on their own and are the only films widely accepted by the fanbase. In fact, “Saw IV” – “VII” weren’t originally planned to happen at all and weren’t really necessary given that “Saw III” was intended to be the final film. The original trilogy the foundation of the franchise and everything after can be safely ignored. And, from all of the plot information we’ve been getting, that seems to be exactly what they are doing.

        The film takes place over a decade after Jigsaw’s death in “Saw III” (which was released 11 years ago), the trailer and plot synopsis seem to indicate that this is the first time there has ever been a copycat killer since his death, the lair in the trailer only shows traps from the first three films, Bloody-Disgusting’s sources say that Costas Mandylore and Cary Ewes aren’t returning, and there has over-all been a lack of references to the later films in everything we have seen for this new film.

        And a direct sequel to “Saw III” (in the vein of “Halloween H20” and “Texas Chainsaw 3D”) would make more since marketing-wise than “Saw VIII”, since the continuity got so convoluted that you had to watch every single film in the series to understand what was going on (which affected the box office of the later films), there were excessive flashbacks and plot twists, and “Saw 3D” was marketed as ‘the Final Chapter’. Besides, “IV” – “VII” are divisive among the fanbase anyways.

        • Khy

          That’s a whole lot of assumption based off one trailer.

          Thanks for the unneeded history lesson- but none of that still gives enough reason for this to go out of its way to erase those films. Every thing this film is doing can be done WITHOUT bothering with the current timeline. I don’t see this film leaning on 4-7 or 1-3 for that matter other than acknowledging Jigsaw’s death.

          Jigsaw is going down its own path with a set of new characters and a new apprentice and it can do that without randomly icing out the rest of the series and I’m certain your theory will be proven incorrect. Just because this film won’t rely heavily upon 4-7 doesn’t mean it has to wipe them from existence. Its not an “either or” situation.

          • Darkknight2149

            This isn’t based off of one trailer. This is based on everything that has been released for the film.

        • NDWells

          The pic with the gun peephole trap, you can see the water cube trap and knife chair trap in the background. One of the confession on the, it mention Gideon Meatpacking Plant which was first mentioned in Saw IV. So it appears that they won’t skip over Saw IV-VII.

          • Darkknight2149

            The Gideon Meat Packing Plant was in “Saw III”.

          • NDWells

            But we never got the name of the meat packing plant till Saw IV.

          • Darkknight2149

            And? We never got the names of the Sawyer Family until “Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2”, yet that was maintained in “Texas Chainsaw 3D”. They literally could have called the family anything in that movie. The location was prominently featured in “Saw III” and, frankly, it’s such a minor detail that borrowing the name from the other sequels doesn’t make any difference. Also, they may have shown the Gideon logo in “Saw III” at one point (I’ll have to go back and look).

          • NDWells

            There was no mention of Gideon, logo, or outside shot of the building in Saw III. Don’t forget Saw III did set things up for Saw IV like covering a cassette tape with wax, flashback of Jill and John, and Amanda’s letter. Events of Saw IV happened at the same time of the event of Saw III. All we know it been 10 years since Jigsaw’s death, and no mention a direct sequel of Saw III. My guess that Jigsaw movie will do a quick reminder of the Saw series to audience, and not go really deep of the past Saw movies till Jigsaw II.

          • Darkknight2149

            Those scenes were inserted last minute to set up “Saw IV” and were never planned (in fact, that’s why Detective Matthews’ death scene was removed from “Saw III”). And, even then, none of those things really necessitated another sequel. Not everything really needs to be explained. Much like the brief case in “Pulp Fiction” (for example), sometimes it’s perfectly fine to leave certain things ambiguous. Speaking specifically of Amanda’s letter, I kind of like the idea of Amanda going off the deep end, Jigsaw telling her to find a letter, her reading the letter and then deciding to kill Lynn, and then the audience never knowing exactly what the letter said. They could have ended it there, though they didn’t.

            I should probably reiterate that this is all just my belief based on all of the information released for the new film. If “Jigsaw” actually does turn out to be “Saw VIII”, I will be the first to admit it. I actually asked writer Josh Stolberg on Twitter about this, and he said that he didn’t think he was allowed to reveal it. I’m not sure why they would hide it if it was “Saw VIII”, but it’s entirely possible that they are keeping the continuity of the film a secret for a reason. So, for all we know, they could be trying to make us think it’s a sequel to “Saw III” just to hide a plot twist related to the later films. I guess we just won’t know until the film is released.


          • NDWells

            First, Stolberg can not reveal important information of the movie due to it will be a breach of contract and he could be sued by Lionsgate. That is why he said that. In Saw III’s dvd commentary, Darren Bousman knew that they were making sequels a head of time. In interviews with writers of IV-VII, they could not reveal plans that they had for Saw VIII cause it was possibly be used for Jigsaw.

          • Darkknight2149

            Yes, he knew ahead of time, but that was a studio mandate. In terms of the development, “Saw III” was conceived as the final film. Certain changes were made later, simply to accommodate “Saw IV”. The wax scene, the removal of Eric Matthew’s death, ETC, were changes that were made later on.

          • smaug

            I tried to cheat him by asking which flms should people watch. He told me that we should watch all of them

    • smaug

      Nope. The pic with the Magnum Eyehole ( from Saw 2 ) also shows the Water Box from Saw 5

      • Darkknight2149

        It features a glass box. We probably won’t know until the next trailer (or the final film) if it’s the same one.

  • Creepshow

    You totally nailed it, Zach!

    (This is a fat lie on my part. The 1st film was ruined for me by an absolute dope, before I saw it. And I never watched another one. I will forever despise that person for this reason. Therefore, I am no expert on the matter.)

    Carry on…

  • Sebastian Morgan

    Look the horrible cgi in “Silo of Death”, come on. this isn’t SAW.
    its more like a final destination movie

  • Khy

    The way this movie is set up makes me think it’s going to be a better version of SAW V, I see such strong similarities between the two. You have five characters seemingly going from room to room and trap to trap and Laure Vanderoot being the “level-headed” brunette in the group is very much like Julie Benz’s character “Brit”.

    • Necro

      Yep first impression I got as well

  • Mike Lawrence

    Can’t frigging wait for this!

  • Weresmurf

    Cannot *wait* for this. Unabashed fan of the SAW franchise, and with the Spierig Brothers doing this? Jesus it’s a match made in heaven 🙂

    • How you been, Weresmurf? Haven’t seen you in a minute.

      • Weresmurf

        Depends where lol

      • Weresmurf

        And good 🙂 yourself?

  • joewaters

    The red swirl trap look like giant heating coils like those on an electric stove. My guess is he has to maneuver his body thru it without getting his face burnt off. Maybe that’s the opening trap to the film thus finding a hanging body by the joggers. The premise does say bodies are being found thru out the city in jigsaw like traps. I can’t wait to see what happens with that Lazer beam head trap. My guess is that the coroner has to unhook himself out of the trap before the lasers slice into his head, but these are just my guesses :-p

    • Nice. I like the heating coil idea.

      • Necro

        I personally hope to see ‘The Rack’ in this one! I fucking love that trap! Mostly all of the traps are mind blowing, but can you imagine being in that specifically? I couldn’t imagine the thoughts or trying to get ready for that pain!

    • Timewarp

      1. The heating coil trap if you check the second to last picture takes place with at least one other person in the room and the person in the trap looks a bit like the guy we see in the silo so I’m guessing he’s one of the four people we know survive the first trap (Since we see a shot of only four of those buzzsaw doors opening we know the guy on the far-right ends up dying).

      2. Yep. Those lasers on the Laser Beam Head Trap are moving towards the Coroner. If you pause the trailer at the right point then you’ll actually see the lasers are pointed upwards but later on they’re pointing at an angle towards him. I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess that there’s a syringe behind him.

      Only injecting himself with whatever’s inside it will turn the lasers off, Jigsaw’s game being “Do you trust me enough to knock yourself out or would you rather die here?”

  • FreddyKruegerWithSunglassesOn

    You can get out of the first one so easy.

  • smaug

    The pic with the Magnum Eyehole also shows Strahm’s water box from Saw 5 ( it’s right there, under the gun )

    • ronven78

      and Cecil’s knife trap

  • Timewarp

    My guess is the motorbike and the last trap are connected. That the woman in the video is rigging the trap so so to attempt to stop the trap the guy in the saw-nado is stuck in to help save him. Maybe her role in the movie is to attempt to break Jigsaw’s traps to help save herself and the other people.

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