The best thing I saw last week was Saw. I actually watched all 7 films in the franchise on my lovely new Blu-rays I got thanks to a friend of mine giving me a Blu-ray player to make up for my sudden lack of a PS3. Love them all, most for very different reasons from the original, but that is the one I want to talk about today. Saw, the original is important I think for two very big reasons. It spawned the first new type of horror film since the dawn of the slashers in the 70’s and 80’s and it also gave us our very first killer that doesn’t actually kill, well at least not in the standard horror movie way. And depending on which sites you check and adjusting for inflation it is labeled by some to be the highest grossing horror franchise of all time so Saw definitely hit upon something in the American psyche and rolled with it.
Probably my favorite thing about the original is the simplicity of it’s beginning. Two guys, director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell get together to make an independent movie, they want it to be cheap. They ask themselves “What’s the cheapest movie we can make?” The answer “Two guys in a room.” “But why are they in the room?…” From that simple little back and forth they come up with Adam and Lawrence waking up in a room not knowing how they got there and then learning throughout the film why they are in this room, and more importantly what it’s going to take to get out.
“I want to play a game” these are the words that Jigsaw, aka John Kramer played fantastically by Tobin Bell, relays to each of his victims through a tape or video message. He has found them to be undeserving of their life for one reason or another and challenges them to a game which will prove their will to live. The games and traps in the later films become vicious and some inescapable but the original ones designed by Jigsaw could always be beat if the victim were willing to give of themselves. The second great quote form Jigsaw being “Oh yes, there will be blood”. If you are willing to shed blood, maybe injure yourself or somebody else you could escape Jigsaw’s trap and that is where a lot of the genius of the story comes from. The traps and games are what keep me coming back time and again in the series just too really see what new contraptions the special effects and set designers would create for each new trip into the world of Saw.
The one downside of course being that the Saw franchise gave rise to the tidal wave of subgenre horror films lovingly entitled “torture porn”, not the least of which is the 3 Hostel films from Eli Roth. Though what all these movies usually get wrong with the pure in your face violence I believe Saw got right with the story and characters and just plain powerful script. If you’re a horror nut you’ve seen these, but go back and re-watch Saw now knowing what you know and see just how well it holds up. If you’re not a horror fan you may have avoided this franchise, but give the first one a chance, it’s gruesome and gritty and might make you a little nauseous, but it’s also damn fine movie making and well worth your time.
Better Podcasting #202 – Wouldn’t It Be Great If…
Posted October 13th, 2019 -
Do you have podcast ambitions? You should. Today we take some “Wouldn’t it be great if…” podcast ambition statements and discuss some considerations to help you work toward these, ...
GonnaGeek.com Show #305 – Gonna Review Hubitat Elevation
Posted October 10th, 2019 -
GFQ Network’s Sunkast joins us this week to talk about a bunch of new Alexa devices, how there are some Roku TV Popup ads happening, and Microsoft has made a foldable Android. Plus, Stephen reviews ...
Better Podcasting #201 – Going Too Far To Be a Podcast Guest
Posted October 6th, 2019 -
Guests can be a key aspect to podcasting – sometimes you’re having guests on your show, sometimes you’re being a guest on a podcast. Although guesting can be a key part of cross-promotion, ...
GonnaGeek.com Show #304 – Gonna Ask International Podcasting Day Trivia
Posted October 4th, 2019 -
This episode was recorded on International Podcast Day 2019, which means SP has come back from his hiatus to help record an episode this week. This week we discuss SpaceX Mark 1 being unveiled, Star Wars ...
Better Podcasting #200 – Hobby Podcasting Is Still Fun and Relevant in 2019
Posted September 30th, 2019 -
For our 200th episode we thought it was a good opportunity to talk about how hobby podcasting is still fun and why it still matters in 2019.
In this week’s Better Podcasting Download we discuss Pocket ...
GonnaGeek.com Show #303 – Gonna Talk TV Premieres 2019
Posted September 26th, 2019 -
This week we discuss how there were TWO Smallville castings for the Crisis cross-over Flarrowverse CW event, how the Primetime Emmy Awards are a flop, and there are some crazy realistic AI generated stock ...
Runaways “Hostile Takeover” and “Last Waltz” Review (A Marvel Comic Universe Podcast) LoS301
Posted September 25th, 2019 -
The Legends Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Director SP, Agent Lauren, and Agent Michelle discuss The Runaways series episodes “Hostile Takeover” and “Last Waltz.” The Agents debrief you on the goings on in the ...
Better Podcasting #199 – Reflecting on Your Entire Podcast Endeavors
Posted September 22nd, 2019 -
This week in the show we discuss why it’s important to take time to reflect on your entire podcast endeavors in order to help maximize your time for your hobbies – to help ensure that you continue ...
139 Unknown Worlds
Posted September 20th, 2019 -
Starting games in worlds unknown to the players can be difficult. Lacey and James talk about ways to deliver a worlds history, themes, and feel to players without getting lost in the weeds.
GonnaGeek.com Show #302 – Gonna Have Trypophobia
Posted September 19th, 2019 -
In this week’s episode we discuss Apple TV+ Price being announced (and iPhone 11 news), Hayley Atwell joining Mission Impossible, Discord ending games, and LastPass having an exploit. We’ll ...
Torchwood Rewatch: Countrycide (S1E6)
Posted September 19th, 2019 -
When the Torchwood team heads to the country, the storytelling takes a notably dark and distressing turn. Oddly enough, we’re all really happy to see it happen.
Posted September 18th, 2019 -
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This episode features Joe’s girlfriend and producer ...