Published: October 18, 2008 at 5:58 PM
1) In the first SAW, I knew the body was important to the finale. I may not have known the specifics, but I knew it would come into play. As the movie went on, I began to suspect the body was someone working for the killer, or the killer himself. I did not "drop a load" when they revealed the big twist, because it was a confirmation of my suspicions, not a surprise.
2) In SAW II, I knew that everything they were watching was a red herring and peripheral to the resolution of the movie.
3) In SAW III, I knew that Amanda was just a pawn, and I also guessed the ending was going to borrow heavily from the movie SEVEN, which the SAW franchise has desperately tried and failed to mimic from the beginning. And it did.
4) In SAW IV, the story and ending were so convoluted and non-nonsensical that there was little to predict. The one major thing I knew right off was that Hoffman was NOT going to be a "good guy" and he would factor into the final resolution in a big way. Which he did as he became the next Jigsaw (in the most ridiculous plot leap of the whole series). However since the movie didn't really end, there was not much else to predict.
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There you have it, basic predictions for very basic movies. Furthermore, I have watched a lot of splatter films, and can usually guess when someone is going to jump out at me. The ones that surprise me, are the ones I like.
I think the the films in the SAW franchise are groan worthy. They are very simple and derivative films that use extreme violence and torture to entertain. I watch them because I like horror movies and keep hoping the SAW films will transcend their gore-based roots. As I wrote previously, I do like the premise of the SAW movies, with their very smart, deliberate, methodical villain, and his elaborate traps, but the end result has been disappointing so far.
In my initial post I asked the question "Can Thorpe Park make a good ride out of some pretty bad movies?" Well, we know they CAN make the ride, but SHOULD they make it? Based on that question, I have tried to accomplish two things in each of my subsequent posts:
1) Discuss the merits of making a ride out of a series of movies commonly considered to be Torture Porn
2) Respond to critical attacks against my honesty.
I think I have, as much as anyone on this site, tried to remain focused and on track with my comments. If I have sabotaged this post, then it was not my intention. I do not want to preach or tell anyone how to think. I am just stating my opinion. If you liked the SAW movies, then good for you. Just know, I can recommend a dozen films with far less violence that are scarier, more intense, and less predictable.
Furthermore, I am not squeamish, I do however, wish our society would stop embracing gratuitous violence, especially in entertainment. I like a good scary movie as much as the next person, and there are many alternatives Thorpe Park can use to make a ride.
Finally, I see no reason why anyone would suggest that I am being less than honest about my knowledge of the SAW movies. To quote SAW, "I wouldn't lie to you." (Ugh, Cary Elwes was just awful in SAW - can we not all agree on that point??). Generally speaking, I am not a liar, and I think my track record of fair and honest posts on this site should speak to that point. And I see no reason why someone would think I want to discredit SAW for personal reasons. I gain nothing from the points I am trying to make, and have had to (mostly) defend myself at every turn. I post because I feel very strongly that making a ride based on Torture Porn is a sad statement about our society, and serves to desensitize an already tragically desensitized populace.
Look, we all know that most theme parks try to cater to the lucrative family market. Sure, there are thrill rides that cater to adults and teenagers, but overall, the subject matter has been PG-13 at worst. So, do we really want ride designers to cross the line and begin making theme park attractions out of splatter films and torture porn? I agree that it is not the job of a ride designer to play moralist, and it would be somewhat pretentious for them to do so, however, if SAW - The Ride is successful, then what's next? HOSTEL - The Ride? IRREVERSIBLE - The 4D Adventure? TRAINSPOTTING - A Surreal Train Ride Around the Park? A playground based on the movie KIDS? Once ride designers open the doors like this, we have to worry about what will come next. Well, I worry about it, anyway. And honestly, shouldn't you too?