Saw 2

Tag line : We dare you again...yes, there will be blood!

Saw 2Despite the low budget of its predecessor, Saw had proven to be quite a profitable little horror-thriller for Lion's Gate films. So, armed with a much larger budget director Darren Lynn Houseman decided to up the ante for this sequel with more victims, more bloodshed and a lot more violence.

In this, police detective Eric Mathews (played by Marky-Mark's younger brother, Donnie Wahlberg) manages to track down the Jigsaw killer (Tobin Bell reprising his earlier role). But as the police enter his hideout, it seems he has managed to stay one step ahead of them again, as he reveals he has another set of victims playing one of his games nearby. To make matters worse, one of them is Detective Mathew's son Daniel.

Forced to watch them on Jigsaws CCTV monitors, we see the group, who are locked in a fortified house, having to go through a series of his grotesque games in order to try and win their freedom (certainly makes for better viewing than Big Brother). But with the members of the group getting slowly picked off by his elaborate traps, it looks increasingly less likely that his son Daniel is going to survive the night, unless Mathews can convince Jigsaw to release them.

Dinah Meyer, who had a minor role in the previous film as detective Kerry, makes a return appearance, as does Shawnee Smith who played one of Jigsaws surviving victims Amanda. Somewhat different in style to the last film, mixing both psychological horror with blood and gore to potently good effect, there are still plenty of neat twists and surprises in keeping with the original and it should appeal to both fans of the original and general horror fans alike.

Overall marks 6/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "New game. Different pieces", "The Game Continues".

  • The films budget was $4,000,000.

  • The plot for "Saw 2" actually came from a script Darren Lynn Houseman had written years earlier for a film entitled "The Desperate", however he was unable to get this produced as the studios felt it was too violent. It was only after the success of "Saw" that Lionsgate picked it up and asked if he could adapt it as a "Saw" sequel.

  • The film was shot in 25 days.

  • When Obi (Tim Burd) burst out of the furnace, he accidentally knocked actor Glenn Plummer, who played Jonas, in the eye. In one shot you can see him turn around and in another he can be seen clutching his eye. Filming had to be stopped after that scene to make sure he was alright.

  • There were 120,000 syringes used for the "needle pit" scene and it took 4 people 4 days to replace all the tips with fibre ones.

  • Eric Knudsen who plays Daniel went on to play Dale in the apocalyptic US TV series "Jericho".

  • The film was cut to achieve an R-rating in the US, this same version played UK cinemas and was released to DVD. The uncut/unrated version was later released as a special "directors cut" DVD.

  • The last 25 pages of the script were only given to the main actors involved in order to keep the ending a secret.

  • A couple of scenes were inspired by Dario Argento films, the aforementioned "needle pit" scene was inspired by the barbed-wire room from "Suspiria" and the scene of the guy getting shot in the eye through the door was a reference to "Opera".

  • When Jigsaw is telling Detective Mathews where the house is he says its the "Last House on the Left". Which was a reference to Wes Craven's infamous exploitation film.

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