Betsy Russell, Kevin Greutert, Costas Mandylor, and Cary Elwes Talk Saw 3D
Did I say torture porn? Greutert feels the Saw films might be fetishistic but are certainly not about one gruesome special effect after another. There is an actual storyline going on, and the 'torture porn' label just cheapens the franchise. “What it is, is a psychological thriller,” he says. He also feels people that call these films torture porn have never seen a Saw film at all. And that may be so because if there is one thing Greutert is, it’s a true fan of the genre. When asked what was the last horror film that left an impression on him, he mentioned Martyrs for it was both brutal and elevated. He is also a huge fan of Herzog’s Nosferatu and Suspiria. The style of the Saw films, he finds, is clearly rooted in Argento and Bava. And if you think back to the needles taped ever so delicately under the eyes of Cristina Marsillach in Opera, he just might be on to something.
Since this is reportedly the last Saw film, why end it here? Greutert claims that there is no way to keep outdoing the previous movies. He would rather go out with a “bang” than allow it to languish and really wanted to tie up all the endings and not have a cliffhanger. My suggestion is take the Saw films to Broadway or maybe grand guignol street performances? Jigsaw on Ice? Nah. Maybe they should just end it here.
But who dies, and what will be left of them? Since alternate endings are always shot, not even Mandylor knows if he’ll be alive or dead. And as Russell added, “Most cast members do not get the last 20 pages," but she is always lucky enough to be granted that privilege ... So is she the one to ask before October 29th?
If Russell won't spoil it for you, perhaps you can torture it out of Elwes, who gives this final Saw film a truly ringing endorsement: “It’s without a doubt the most graphically violent film I have ever seen in my entire life.” It was so relentless that he found himself laughing hysterically out of sheer anxiety. If that is not a reason to go see it, I don’t know what to tell you. But judge for yourself, fright fiends.
Saw 3D is coming to a theater near you this Friday October, 29th. Are you up for the game?
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