October 27, 2010
In Defense of Saw
You might be rolling your eyes at the prospect of yet another "Saw" sequel, but before it was an annual franchise, it was an above-average psychological thriller.
August 26, 2010
James Wan Welcomes Nightfall
"Saw" director James Wan will helm an adaptation of the Scott O. Brown graphic novel "Nightfall," about an "industrious, right-wing survivalist" sent to a prison "secretly run by vampires using the inmates to feed on."
October 15, 2009
See Saw with Alex, Day 1: Saw
Click. Stop. Movie's over. Just saw Saw and, you know what, I'm actually looking forward to these movies supposedly becoming terrible because Saw the first remains an involving, and somewhat exhausting, grimy mess. I now see the appeal on the annual Saw tradition, but watching them all over a few days? Damn it, my favorite movies are Rushmore and a French comedy from 1967! I got my work cut out for me.
October 12, 2009
Get Ready to See Saw with Alex
If it's Halloween, then it must be time for a new Saw. And if it's a new Saw, then it must be time to start up another Rotten Tomatoes trademark watching series. Come, join me in laughing at the misfortune of the easily-duped writer roped into spending the majority of his free time watching, consuming, and writing about torture porn!
Oh, wait, that's me...
Like our previous watching series, I'm approaching the series with rose-colored eyes, watching all six Saw movies for the first time in the course of a little over a week. I'll publish reviews and observations on each entry every weekday, detailing what it's like to finally tackle this controversial series and subgenre, five years after its inception. And look for insightful vital statistics on the subtler nuances of Saw, including body counts and most creative kills.
March 13, 2008
Charlie Sheen Getting Twisted in Next Film
When you see the words "Charlie Sheen" and "torture" in the same sentence, you probably assume you're reading about Sheen career achievements like Terminal Velocity or The Arrival. But not so fast.
November 9, 2007
Ending Already Written for Saw V
The biggest thrills of the Saw movies are their surprise endings, which seem to keep audiences guessing even more than M. Night Shyamalan's latest creations. That's why the producers of the Saw sequels are starting there and working backwards.
November 7, 2007
Saw V Still On Track for 2008
Saw IV is the fourth Saw film in as many years. After reports that the Saw franchise would finally take a year off, producer Mark Burg countered that he's still aiming for October 2008 to unleash Saw V.
August 30, 2007
Box Office Guru Preview: Halloween Strikes on the 31st
The four-billion-dollar-plus summer comes to a close over the long Labor Day holiday weekend with three new wide releases all targeting male moviegoers. Slasher fans get to relive old days with the latest incarnation of Halloween, teens looking for a laugh get the ping pong comedy Balls of Fury, and adults interested in Kevin Bacon's brand of revenge have the action thriller Death Sentence.
August 10, 2007
Saw IV's First Five Minutes Are Online!
If you've got a thirst for cinematic gore that just can't wait to be slaked until October 26, IESB has some good news for you -- the first five minutes of Saw IV, recently shown to Comic-Con attendees, have made their way online!
July 30, 2007
Paris Hilton Joins Bousman's Rock Opera
Remember how "Saw" sequel maker Darren Lynn Bousman signed a deal to do a musical called "Repo! The Genetic Opera"? Yeah, for Lionsgate. And you'll never guess who he just cast in a singing role.
July 26, 2007
Jigsaw Weighs in on the First Saw 4 Poster
If there's one thing Lionsgate is known for, it's the mad marketing skills where their horror flicks are concerned. Needless to say, the promotional goodies for the third "Saw" sequel are no exception.
July 19, 2007
Director Locked Up for Saw 5 and Saw 6
Back when the "Saw" producers were looking for someone to helm the third sequel, production designer David Hackl was #1 on their list -- until Darren Lynn Bousman came back. But the guy may get his chance yet.
July 18, 2007
Wahlberg Upset Over Saw IV Cameo
Most actors are happy when they get asked back to a role. Not Donnie Wahlberg. Though left for dead at the end of Saw II, he was granted more screen time in Saw III. That seemed to be the end, but it looks like there's more Wahlberg in Saw IV.
June 28, 2007
That Appetizing "Saw IV" Poster...is Fake!
Remember that "Saw IV" poster that came out last week with all the blood on the dinner plate? That's not the "Saw IV" poster. That was an invitation to a dinner party where the filmmakers gave their first Saw IV interviews.
June 25, 2007
Another Killer Ending for "Saw IV"
"Saw IV" continues to surprise its fans. After the twist ending of the original, you'd think we'd be onto their game, but "Saw II" still pulled the rug out from millions of fans. "Saw III" went with a more emotional revelation in the end, but "Saw IV" promises to be back to the shocker, says director Darren Lynn Bousman.
June 14, 2007
Wan Protects "Saw IV"
James Wan directed the original "Saw," then turned the sequels over to Darren Lynn Bousman. His partner, Leigh Whannell, continued to write the scripts.
June 13, 2007
Wan Aiming for Scary Action in "Death Sentence"
James Wan launched a whole franchise of serial killer movies with his original "Saw." Now he's stepping into the action genre, but promising to make it scary too. His upcoming "Death Sentence" is a revenge thriller starring Kevin Bacon.
April 9, 2007
First Cast Member Claimed for "Saw 4" Duty
Since I've only seen maybe 1.6 hours of "The Gilmore Girls" in my lifetime, I have no idea who this guy is, but we're being told that actor Scott Patterson has been cast in a central role in Darren Lynn Bousman's third "Saw" movie, the appropriately titled "Saw 4."
March 19, 2007
Box Office Guru Wrapup: "300" Reigns Again as Box Office King
Three new competitors were no match this weekend for the mighty action epic "300," which easily defended its box office crown to rule North American theaters for a second straight time. Sandra Bullock reached a new career high with the thriller "Premonition," which debuted in third place while the horror film "Dead Silence" and the Chris Rock comedy "I Think I Love My Wife" opened in the top five with mixed results. "300" grossed as much as all three new releases combined.
March 15, 2007
New Writers Onboard, But "Saw IV" Still Promises Surprises -- And Jigsaw
After the success of "Saw III," the producers once again rushed a sequel into production. "Saw IV" is due out this October and creator/executive producer Leigh Whannell promises the franchise hasn't run out of surprises. Though there are plenty of rumors about how to handle Jigsaw's fate at the end of "Saw III," Whannell assures us that they won't do something lame.
February 21, 2007
Bousman Gears Up for His Third "Saw" Fest
Not too long ago director Darren Lynn Bousman said he was saying goodbye to the "Saw" franchise, but with the clock running out on pre-production on "Saw 4," he ultimately accepted a third invitation to the director's chair.
January 22, 2007
"Saw" Director James Wan Talks "Saw IV"
Writer/director James Wan is prepping for the big-screen debut of his latest project, "Dead Silence," on March 23 -- but since he's also part of the creative engine driving the "Saw" franchise, that prepping involves answering a bunch of questions about this year's "Saw IV," expected in October.
January 5, 2007
New Director Lined Up for "Saw 4"?
Each new "Saw" movie must be a marathon of stress for the production team, what with having to churn out a fresh sequel in time for every Halloween -- and with only about ten months to go, it looks like Lionsgate MIGHT have found their next helmer.
October 26, 2006
Box Office Guru Preview: Saw III Brings The Pain
Blood will flow and screams will be deafening at North American multiplexes this weekend when the horror sequel "Saw III" buzzes its way into theaters. While there will be no fight for the number one spot, the rest of the top ten will see new films and holdovers scrambling for high positions.
October 20, 2006
Totally (Not) Shocking: "Saw 4" Will Happen
Based on the box office returns on Lionsgate's "Saw" and "Saw 2," it comes as no surprise that the studio is thrilled about churning out a new chapter each and every Halloween. Geek buzz is pretty high for next weekend's "Saw 3," which means, yep, it's that time of year again: "Saw 4" chit-chat has begun.
October 13, 2006
Watch An Uncut Trap Scene From "Saw III," If You Dare
Hungering for a taste of Jigsaw's latest "Saw III" death traps before the movie hits this month? Click here to watch the exclusive clip shown to gleefully twisted Comic-Con fans this summer -- a delightful morsel of chain-ripping fervor, for your Friday the 13th viewing pleasure.
October 6, 2006
Trailer Bulletin: "Saw 3" Final Trailer
With our annual "Saw" sequel only a few weeks away, Lionsgate has unleashed a third (?) and final trailer for the flick, and get this: It's got rusty metal, screaming freaks, and torture in it! (Weird, I know.)
October 4, 2006
Plot Breakdown for "Hostel 2"
Lionsgate isn't relying solely on the "Saw" series to keep their horror franchise money rolling in. They've recently issued a press release regarding next year's "Hostel 2," which sounds both familiar yet darkly fun.
October 2, 2006
Shocking! "Saw 3" May Not Screen for Press??
The guys over at Horror-Movies.ca seem a little bit surprised at the revelation that Lionsgate's "Saw 3" will probably not screen for press prior to its release date -- but I'm not. If 2006 has taught us one thing, it's that the studios will often try to hold their horror flicks until opening day -- mainly because most film critics can't be bothered with torture-heavy horror flicks.
September 18, 2006
Predictably Icky New "Saw 3" Teaser
If there's one thing Lionsgate is good at, it's hyping, marketing, and selling its horror flicks to the genre fans. Those who just can't wait for the studio's latest gory offering, Darren Bousman's "Saw 3," will be happy to know there's a brand-new teaser up at Yahoo! Movies.
August 16, 2006
Donate to the "Saw 3" Blood Drive!
There's no shortage of clever marketing techniques where these "Saw" movies are concerned. Just when you get used to the exceedingly creepy "dental nightmare" theme, up pops a rather clever "blood drive" campaign.
July 26, 2006
"Saw 3" Poster Has Bite!
You know how the first "Saw 3" poster showed a gaping mouth that was missing a trio of teeth? Well, those choppers have apparently been located: You'll find 'em on the all-new "Saw 3" poster. (This flick could do more damage to the dental industry than "Marathon Man.")
June 2, 2006
The Lowdown on the the Third "Saw" Story
JoBlo always seems to have the inside scoop on the "Saw" series, and today he brings us a rather interesting plot breakdown for Part 3. Seems our old pal Jigsaw isn't feeling too well these days...
May 5, 2006
"Saw 3" Cast Buzzing
The horror fans know they'll (seemingly) always have a new "Saw" flick to enjoy each October -- and they'll also be happy to know that series regulars Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, and Dina Meyer will be returning. And they'll be joined by newcomers Bahar Soomekh ("Mission: Impossible 3") and Angus Macfadyen ("Equilibrium").
April 12, 2006
"Scary Movie 4": RT Talks With David Zucker
A few weekends ago RT got the inside scoop on "Scary Movie 4" from its director, legendary comic trailblazer David Zucker ("Airplane!," "The Naked Gun"), and castmembers Anna Faris, Regina Hall and Craig Bierko. Read on for the first installment of our "Scary Movie 4" interview series, in which a candid Zucker talks comedy, "Brokeback," and the art of spoofing.
April 7, 2006
Wahlberg back for SAW 3
Yesterday it was reported that Tobin Bell and Shawnee Smith would be back for Saw 3, but today comes a real shocker: Donnie Wahlberg will be back to reprise his part in the new film.
March 3, 2006
Jigsaw Returns this Halloween
Lionsgate, the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, and Twisted Pictures today announced plans to develop and produce "Saw III," the next film in the psychologically intense and disturbing horror franchise, for an October 27, 2006 wide release.
February 24, 2006
Time to Vote for JoBlo's Golden Schmoes!
The SAGs, the BAFTAs, the Globes and the Oscars are all fine and good, but if there's one voting process I always look forward to, it's JoBlo's Golden Schmoes. It's time for the "normal schmoe" movie geek to chime in with their 2 cents and vote on categories including "Best Action Scene," "Worst Movie of the Year," and "Best DVD of the Year." Click right here and cast your vote!
February 1, 2006
Trailer Bulletin: Scary Movie 4
Think there's still some juice to be squeezed out of the "Scary Movie" concept? Those Weinstein brothers sure do, which is why we'll see more of Anna Faris bopping through numerous flick parodieson her way to a solid opening weekend and a slow fade-out from the multiplexes. Anyway, check out the trailer right here.
January 10, 2006
Who Wants Another Trip to That "Hostel"?
It only took one strong weekend to get Lions Gate back in the "Hostel" business, and according to Variety, the studio aims to give Eli Roth's horror hit the quick-turnaround sequel treatment, a la "Saw" & "Saw 2."
December 21, 2005
JoBlo's Got Spoofy "Movie" Posters
Fans of the spoof sub-genre of comedy should take a quick visit to JoBlo's Movie Emporium, because that's where you'll find the new one-sheet for the rom-com satire "Date Movie," as well as THREE new posters for next year's "Scary Movie 4."
December 6, 2005
"Saw" Producer Passes Away
Gregg Hoffman, producer of "Saw" and co-founder of Twisted Pictures, died of natural causes last weekend at the age of 42, According to the LA Times, Mr. Hoffman was admitted to a hospital after complaining of "neck pains."
October 31, 2005
"Saw II" Carves Up the Competition at the Weekend Box Office
The quickie sequel to last October's surprise hit "Saw" ruled the Halloween weekend box office, raking in $30.5 million from just under 3,000 screaming screens. By comparison, the original "Saw" had a first-weekend "gross" of just over $18 million a year ago, on its way to a total domestic haul of $55.2 million.
October 27, 2005
Critical Consensus: "Zorro" Off The Mark, "Saw II" A Little Rusty
This week's wide releases contain tales of existential, angst-ridden meteorologists ("The Weather Man"), psychopaths in sequels ("Saw II"), swashbuckling spouses ("The Legend of Zorro"), and the trials and tribulations of love ("Prime"). Which of these films will get good marks from the critics?
October 13, 2005
3-Minute "Saw 2" Clip Available ... and Nasty
On the upcoming "uncut" DVD release of "Saw," you'll find a three-minute clip from the new sequel. But those hardcore movie geeks over at JoBlo's took it a step further by making the clip available online for you saw-crazed suckas.
October 5, 2005
Shaq and Dr. Phil to Spoof "Saw" in "Scary Movie 4"
ComingSoon.net reports news found on Entertainment Tonight and AnnaFaris.org, and it seems that the bizarre pairing of Shaquille O'Neal and Dr. Phil will contribute to the "Scary Movie 4" prologue, and they'll be lampooning the horror fan-favorite known as "Saw."
July 18, 2005
Trailer Bulletin: Saw 2 (teaser)
Fans of last year's indie horror hit "Saw" will want to head on over to the sequel's official site and check out the brief but tantalizing look at "Saw 2." First-time director Darren Lynn Bousman has taken over for James Wan (who is currently working on a thriller called "Silence"), although screenwriter Leigh Whannell is still on board.
May 13, 2005
Lions Gate Slips Into "Skinwalkers"
Those Lions Gate folks sure do love their horror movies ("May," "Cabin Fever," "Saw," etc.) and they've just announced another one that's due to his the screens next year. "Jason X" director James Isaac will helm "Skinwalkers," ...