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‘Jigsaw’ is Excited to Take Back Halloween

Before Paranormal Activity there was SAW, and Lionsgate’s franchise owned Halloween for several years. On October 27th, Jigsaw takes it back.

After a series of murders bearing all the markings of the Jigsaw killer, law enforcement finds themselves chasing the ghost of a man dead for over a decade and embroiled in a new game that’s only just begun. Is John Kramer back from the dead to remind the world to be grateful for the gift of life? Or is this a trap set by a killer with designs of their own?

The new chapter has been rated “R” for “Grisly Bloody Violence and Torture.”

We understand that neither Costas Mandylor nor Cary Elwes will be returning to play their respective characters, who both ended up becoming Jigsaw apprentices in earlier installments. As for the original Jigsaw himself, Tobin Bell will be back in some capacity.

The cast also includes Mandela Van Peebles, Laura Vandervoort, Brittany Allen, Callum Keith Rennie, Matt Passmore, Hannah Emily Anderson, Josiah Black, Shaquan Lewis, Michael Bolsvert, and James Gomez.

Jigsaw was written by Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger (Piranha 3D and Sorority Row). In the director’s chairs were the Spierig brothersPeter and Michael, who brought us Daybreakers and Predestination.



  • Horrible Day

    why did this need to be posted

    • Kyle Ord

      Yeah, there was zero news given

    • Why not? It’s a newly released TV spot for a major horror film. This is like people getting frustrated because this site kept posting Chucky articles leading up to Cult of Chucky. Everyone is aware that this is a horror movie website, right? They’re not here to bake doughnuts.

      • DukeStKing

        Unless…..they’re Monster Doughnuts!!!!

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  • tyler

    Should we be reading between the lines about Jigsaw’s apprentices, Costas Mandylor, and Cary Elwes not coming back? Could my wish be coming true that Amanda will be?

    • Aemette

      Recently I’ve been thinking about how very few film franchises have female villians who are in more than one film. To me, Amanda had potential to be a scary female villian worthy of John’s legacy. She’d be the one person seemingly untouchable by law enforcement in the films and she’d do all these crazy things to not get caught and to continually trap people. But of course the film makers sent her down a crazy path and I don’t think her character was given justice. She had potential, just not the right people to give her the opportunities she needed.

  • I will be excited for it to take back Halloween as well… IF it is good. Fingers crossed that it’s at least the best one since Saw III.


  • Glenn Brown

    i will be happy; if it is at least close to SAW 2.

    • Lushen72

      I so agree! Yes the later Saw movies were not great and some were just plain awful. (Looking at you part five and most of seven.) I have high hopes for this!

  • ReaperMike83

    I have a very strong feeling this is going to bomb, Will people really spend $12.50 approx. (not including food/beverages) to go see ANOTHER Saw movie in the theatre? And judging from the trailer seems like it’ll be a few mediocre actors saying a bunch of corny dialog and a plot that’s the same as every other Saw movie just with new “traps” and perhaps a twist or reveal of a new killer/s who are helping Jigsaw or carrying on his legacy.
    I like films with excessive gore and violence and am a die hard horror fan but “torture porn” films are not popular anymore and it seems like they are just using the Saw name to hopefully make some easy money. I’m even a fan of the first 2 Saw movies, I thought they told good suspenseful stories, they had some great twist/surprise endings and they maintained the motive that Jigsaw was doing all of it for which was to teach people a lesson so they will fix their life and appreciate being alive and given a second chance. Pretty much any movie after that they just used the Saw name and the basic formula made the plots incredibly ridiculous just to have new “clever” ways to kill off characters you didn’t give a fuck about in the first place.
    I know not everyone will agree with my opinion and that there are major fans of the franchise and can’t wait to see this new one. I just don’t think that’s going to be enough to make it money and therefore will be a box office bomb. Just my opinion though and maybe I’ll be wrong and it will make a ton of money, please don’t be too harsh on me in the comments lol.

    • J Jett

      ReaperMike, i too think this is not going to do well at the box office. it feels like SAW’s time has come and gone. there really seems to be hardly any buzz/excitement for this new film. maybe i’m wrong.

      • Lukee Thornhill

        I dunno, I mean Saw3D did ridiculously well. I’d expect it to make a decent profit but probably get shitty reviews. God knows why people pay to see these sorts of films. Torture Porn isn’t my cup of tea.

    • gjk2012 .

      Yep. With Cary Elwes’s Dr. Gordon not coming back and Costas Mandylor’s Hoffman most likely dead, they are the two main selling points. I will watch the movie when it comes to home video and just hope that it is good.

      • steeler74386

        Same here only actors that sound familiar to me was obvious Tobin bell jigsaw ? Is what happened to Shawnee smith? Did she die ? Only watched few of the saws and
        It’s been awhile

    • Aemette

      I’m people and I’m sure as hell going to spend $12.50 to see this movie. I enjoy the Saw series and this to me looks promising. When I first saw the trailer I got chills. Everything I saw made sense in my head and it looked like the new Saw we were supposed to get so many years ago. I don’t know how to explain it but just from the characters in the traps struggling to keep eachother alive spoke volumes to me. I noticed that it was no longer about having only 1 person live. One thing’s for sure, the new players of Jigsaw’s sick games are deeply connected and they are not about to leave each other behind.

    • MODOK

      It’ll probably do well enough. I can’t find its production budget anywhere, but the last one, Saw 3D, had a budget at $17 million (the highest in the franchise by about $6m).
      Even though Jigsaw has a cast of D-listers, let’s still assume a budget of $20m. Then let’s assume another $30m for marketing, which would mean it needs to make at least $50m to break even.

      That’s a very do-able number. Saw 3D grossed $45m domestically and another $90m overseas. Saw VI had the worst box office in the franchise, grossing $28m domestically and $41m overseas, yet that likely still made a profit given its $11m production budget.

      Long story short: horror movies are cheap to make and usually make their money back. That’s true for no-name horror movies, much less those with the Saw cachet. Given it’s a franchise re-starter and is the biggest movie opening during a traditional horror weekend, it’ll probably be a hit.

  • quantumbleep

    This is going to bomb. Most of it’s potential audience will be home watching Stranger Things 2.

    I say that as a fan of both, but this new Jigsaw looks like it misunderstands the series’ appeal much like Saw 3D did.

    Saw movies aren’t supposed to be “fun”. They succeed (to varying degrees) at being GROSS with “clever” kills and plot twists. Any comedy or “fun” comes from the sheer absurdity of it all, but the films are never presented that way tonally.

    Saw 3D and now seemingly Jigsaw are trying to be Final Destination* movies, and that’s the wrong approach to this series IMO.

    *I do enjoy Final Destination (1,2,& 5), but they are their own separate horror flavor. They were never “torture porn”- a term I still hate.

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