William's Review of Saw
A truly original and inventive newcomer on the horror genre stage, although I tend to think of this film and it's progeny as psychological thrillers. I've been waiting for a scary movie franchise that I could call my own (e.g. Freddy, Jason, Pinhead, etc.) and the Saw films are right up my alley. Saw is intelligent, suspenseful, gory (but not in an overbearingly gross way) and perpetually clever. Jigsaw is a completely believable contemporary bad guy, one that you can actually identify with on some level; kinda hard to identify with the likes of Jason or Michael Myers, unless you are a psychopathic mute zombie. Another aspect I really enjoy is the heavily structured nature of the movie. You must start at the beginning and proceed in a linear fashion through the film in order to fully understand and appreciate the story. Most don't like that; I do. This is one of the most intricately woven storylines I have ever encountered.