Excerpt: Touted as the highest grossing horror franchise in the world (a claim we have little reason to question), there is a clear incentive for the people behind the Saw series to continue peddling the Jigsaw-branded gore that splatters our screens, even though the Jigsaw brand is a mere flicker of its earlier incarnation, following the tenuous links, twists, and turns of the conveniently meandering plot.
Excerpt: Theoretically, a review of Saw VII should write itself. At this point you’re either familiar with the franchise or you’re not, and if you’ve seen all the films that have preceded this one, then you’re going to make a point to grab this one, despite what I have to say, positive or negative. It’s really that simple. If you haven’t been following the Saw films then you’re going to have to back up and get re-acquainted, which probably wouldn’t be a bad idea.
Excerpt: Somewhere, there’s an exec kicking himself for producing a new Saw sequel every year. At that pace, the series lost its luster and intrigue shortly before the 3D craze hit, meaning this franchise could have milked higher dollar ticket sales if they had just slowed down. Trap designers would have loved the chance to design impossibly intricate means of killing people in a new dimension, Saw 3D or The Final Chapter (take your pick) only gets one real chance, and that’s a...
Summary: Elvis Presley once famously struck back at critics with an album entitled 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong , and yet there were some cynics amongst us who may have asked, "Why not?" The producers of the Saw franchise may, like Elvis (and/or Elvis' ghost, depending on whether or not you believe The King has indeed left the building), may be saying, "Can $848 million in box office receipts be wrong?