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SAW 2 is bloody, vile, disgusting and better than the original, according to this reviewer!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with an early look at SAW 2. I'm anxious for this one, especially since I seem to be in the same camp as the below reviewer... I really dug the original SAW, but I also recognize its flaws. The below review is mega-positive, so since no movies can ever actually be good, I'm sure it's fake, right? Honestly, I tend to believe this one, though. Maybe it's just my optimistic self. I see this flick for myself next week, so I'll be able to weigh in soon. Enjoy the spoiler-free review!

I had no idea what to expect when I arrived at Lion’s Gate Films’ corporate headquarters for a test screening of “Saw 2”. I had helped man the booth for the horror comedy success “The Janitor” at the recent Necrocomicon convention, where Lion’s Gate had spread “Saw 2” merchandise everywhere. We heard from the guys that put on the convention earlier today and they told my friend and I they had put us on the guest list for the screening.

I had enjoyed the first film, but hadn’t really been a hardcore fan of it, so I was skeptical from the get-go when it came to the sequel. The well made sequel. The very well made, very bloody, sadistically violent sequel, in fact. I can’t think of any other possible way they could have made this movie, nothing to change, and nothing to omit.

That is just a matter of opinion of course, there are still some cringe-worthy acting moments, but I think the cringe-worthy and very creative violence they squeezed into the film more than make up for it. I would give anything to be able to spoil the entire movie in this review, it’s one of those you just can’t help but talk way too much about, so I’ll hold back and try to keep this short and spoiler-free.

The look of the film is basically what you’d expect from a “Saw” sequel, it looks just like the first. However, I thought this was a very good thing, the new locations, characters, and deaths with the instantly classic “Saw” look we’ve come to know was a very cool experience.

I mentioned that the acting wasn’t the greatest in some parts, but that’s mostly towards the beginning, and I easily became entranced by the characters once the mayhem began. By the way, the mayhem begins very early in the film, and never really lets up. It seemed to me that the movie was running at a tortuous breakneck speed most of the time. There is a lot of the “Saw” rapid-fire montages, and violent quick cutting during the more strenuous moments. In spite of this, the film seems to relish in leaving the violence on screen a bit more than expected, numerous times I’d expect it to cut away from something, but I’d be surprised by even more being shown. Especially the startling last death of the film, it was glorious.

The acting was sometimes surprisingly good, the reactions and pain of the actors was frighteningly real, but the best performance has to go to Tobin Bell as the diseased Jigsaw killer. Donnie Wahlberg does a decent job as the hardened police officer, his stress breakdown goes over very convincingly, and Shawnee Smith does a great job with her Amanda character from the first “Saw”. She is involved in an extremely intense scene involving some syringes (I won’t say how many) that is sure to have lots of moviegoers squirming in their seats.

So, wrapping this up, the movie starts quickly (with the venus fly trap mask most people have at least seen pictures of) and ends even quicker, with way more carnage than expected crammed in the middle. What's more, look forward to another incredible twist ending, actually a few twists, that forced me to start laughing out loud in the screening room. Laughing in a good way though, the same reaction you had when Jigsaw stood up and walked out in the end of the first film. This could easily be even more intense than that, because the twists just don’t stop coming. The filmmakers also do an excellent job of wrapping up any “loose ends” left over from the first film. I’ll stop at that, before I am too tempted to spoil everything.

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  • Oct. 19, 2005, 5:28 p.m. CST

    I liked the first "Saw" film a lot...

    by BigTuna

    I know a lot of film snobs will say, "It Sucks" and "Horrible Acting". But I was able to shut off my brain and just enjoy a guilty pleasure horror film. I'm glad the pacing is good in the sequel. I thought the great thing about the first was a pacing. Not a dull moment.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Talkback backlash in 5...4...3...2...

    by InZodWeTrust

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 5:31 p.m. CST


    by Josh Town


  • Oct. 19, 2005, 5:35 p.m. CST


    by Josh Town

    First one was retarded until the end. I think the dread pirate roberts forgot to keep up with his acting lessons. Can't blame him, if I was boning princess buttercup, i'd do just the same. I'll go see part 2 anyway just because I'm a sucka (not the homo kind 'cause that would be suckER).

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 5:46 p.m. CST

    *Ho Hum*

    by Van Damned

    I didn't even finish watching the first 'Saw': it bored me. I can't imagine the film having a strong enough backing to warrant a sequel, but then again we do live in a world where the likes of Anderson & Boll are given film after film to shit on, so I'm not surprised that producers would greedily grasp at the chance of milking another "gimmick" film. Blah.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Okay, so I'm waiting...

    by vinceklortho

    for the first call of "PLANT!" Seems geniune enough, but I can't see anyone really getting a huge kick out of SAW 2. First one was okay...not great.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 6 p.m. CST

    gay boy here

    by elpatte

    this was a one film act after you find out who the killer was in the frist movie the fun is ove so this is just another gory hollywood movie.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 6:51 p.m. CST

    I have high hopes

    by NeoMyers

    The first Saw reinvigorated the horror genre and I hope this one is a worthy sequel. I am worried, however, that there will be slim continuity between the films.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Saw 2 better than Saw 1....

    by movieman742

    I hope so. True, there are a some big flaws in the first one but only a few. I really enjoyed the first one for some reason. I rarely like horror movies. I can honestly say that Saw 1 was the first horror movie I made a point to see in theaters. That reason alone is why I'll be there for the sequal.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 7:08 p.m. CST

    The first Saw was so idiotic and inept that any sequel can only

    by SalvatoreGravano


  • Oct. 19, 2005, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Saw is good until the bad guy pulls blades from his sleeves like

    by andrew coleman

    The ending was surprising but if you go back and watch the movie again it makes no sense. The trailer gave me no hope in this now franchise. It will become like Halloween or the Friday the 13th flicks where the bad guy won't die, if he does there will be a "copy cat" who is even worse blah blah... Saw is nothing new and Saw 2 will probably be more of the same.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 7:43 p.m. CST

    I loved ' Saw '

    by pumaman

    It was harmless, mindless horror fun at it's best . And the twist was fantastic. I Can't wait for the sequel.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 7:52 p.m. CST

    not expecting

    by Chuck_Schick

    I admit that I have a special love for SAW since I "saw" it at its midnight premiere of 2004's Sundance Festival. Excellent atmosphere and I really dug it a lot...especially hearing the director and crew talk about it afterwards. But...a sequel? Donnie Wahlberg? More "crazy" torture devices and games? Sounds like a cash-in on an unexpected hit, but who cares? I'll go see it. If only to see more of the doll...nicknamed "Billy" I remember them saying. I'm more interested in finding out more about SILENCE, James Wan and Leigh Whannell's new movie that I heard was supposed to be a classic haunted house story with a ventriloquist dummy in it. Fuck yeah! I've got an antique ventriloquist dummy that sits in the basement that would scare the shit out of anybody. Bring on more puppet movies!

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 8:17 p.m. CST

    The description I heard of it made it sound like "Cube".

    by Shan

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 8:45 p.m. CST


    by Veraxus

    They couldn't make a SAW movie I'd give a rats ass about unless it got the dreaded NC-17 rating. When the fuck did they start threatening non-pornos with NC-17s anyway? Fucking MPAA hypocrites.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 9:29 p.m. CST

    C'mon, Quint...

    by Nate Champion

    Are you really, honestly claiming this has even a cunt hair's chance of being *good*????? If this isn't a fucking Plant I'll kill myself!

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Saw was pretty good. MUCH better than Cabin Fever!

    by Doom II

    I really do not get the obsession with Cabin Fever on this site. It was not good at all. I actually liked Dagon more (another letdown). Saw 2 should be pretty cool and I hope they don't try try hard with the "twists".

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 9:57 p.m. CST

    i really hope this movie is good

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    i donno, the first one was really cool...but retarded all at once. still, ive seen it 3 times, so that says something.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 10:48 p.m. CST

    I liked "Saw," but I thought it manipulated the viewer too much.

    by El Scorcho

    I really dug it until the end, and then I just thought it was one twist too many. I don't know how good the new one will be because there really is no more mystery behind Jigsaw. BUT, I love my horror and I will definitely be there next Friday.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 11:05 p.m. CST

    First one was enjoyable, but it had some problems

    by moviemaniac-7

    First, Elwes' overacting. Secondly, everything from the 80 minute mark till one minute before the end is Uwe Boll territory. Dooom II, I thought Cabin Fever was far superior to Saw, but Cabin Fever is also part comedy and is Saw is not, so there is no real comparison. It's like comparing Evil Dead and Exorsist - both far superior movies then the above mentioned.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 11:49 p.m. CST


    by jaxnnux

    Cabin fever sucks. Eli Roth raped my adulthood.

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 12:51 a.m. CST

    by barryap

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Tobin Bell is one of my favourite B-Movie villains!

    by DerLanghaarige

    But I think that Saw has only the potential for a non-humor-Final Destination = Everybody will watch the sequel(s?) only to see some new, bizarre ways to kill people.

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 3:06 a.m. CST

    SAW wasn't half as scary or nasty as it thought it was..

    by Sepulchrave

    I was expecting some serious grind horror; real sick stuff, unrelenting combinations of blood and shit; that sort of burst intestine in a serial killer's basement nastiness that Se7en hinted at. In the end, the flashbacks leavened the nasty a great deal; much hideousness was merely hinted at; either spoken about or shown in stroboscopic montages. And who gave a shit about either of those two assholes? The machine that was going to pop the woman's head of was creepy, bt the razor wire gag was pure Suspiria. It felt safe in some 'ooh look at our clever script' way.

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 3:51 a.m. CST

    Quotes that speak for themselves:

    by DocPazuzu

    "I can

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 4:47 a.m. CST

    I heard that...

    by Zino

    the first Saw went straight to video in the US, but was then given a theatrical release because of the positive reviews. Is this correct, or just a marketing gimmick that suckered me in? That said, I enjoyed it.

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 7:10 a.m. CST

    SAW may not have been amazing but...

    by McBane

    Considering it was made for a couple of million, I was pretty impressed. And yes it did well in preview viewings so it got a theatrical release. In fact it did so well, Lions Gate had a very good year partly down to it. So if the sequel does well, expect it to be flogged to death ala Halloween and Friday the 13th.

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 7:26 a.m. CST

    SAW it.... Hated it

    by Sicuv Uyall

    Everyone loved it because they thought they were watching a great mindfuck... Bullshit. Movie lost me in the first ten minutes. And then when the killer shows up in the robe looking like that fake creature in The Village, crossed over into cheesy. Finally, when Cary Elwes starts whimpering and SAWing off his leg, nothing but laughter in the audience. To sum up my review, SAW sucked. Will SAW II be better? Who knows, but I'm not gonna trust any of the reviewers on this site again. Fuck off.

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 7:34 a.m. CST

    The ending to SAW makes *no sense*...

    by Mr Jonse

    Like, at all. Why? Why is he on the floor. And why is he trusting some softarse hospital orderly to carry out his plan? It's like the end of the Planet of the Apes remake. You can't just end with an unexpected thing that happens for NO REASON! ARRGHH!

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 7:38 a.m. CST


    by fitzcarraldo2

    I just can't understand the mentality of people who go to see a film just for gore. "Especially the startling last death of the film, it was glorious" says the review. What's glorious about decapitation, dismemberment or whatever it is? Maybe working in a hospital would bring the reality home. I can watch a film where a certain amount of violence is necessary but to watch the human body being treated as a piece of meat to be hacked, burned and crushed for its own sake is sickening and anyone who enjoys it needs mental treatment.

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Biggest mistake in SAW..

    by Sith42

    .. was the intro.. sure it goes for a cheap thrill/scare, but it makes no sense.. how can the killer place him in the tub, administer the drug to simulate his death (ala the one trap), and stage the bloody mess.. all the while, Elwes is awake trying to find a way out.. presumably Elwes is deaf as well as dumb... anyways, to avoid the Cube comparisons, I'll say SAW 2 will be like Blair Witch Project 2.. small film that caught on, burned a few with its buzz, spawned a bad sequel, largely forgotten in the end.. let's hope it tries to be something other than Se7en Lite

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 7:49 a.m. CST

    I'm with you Mr Jonse

    by raw_bean

    Although I didn't think it was quite as bad as the ending to the Planet of the Apes remake (I get apoplectic with rage just thinking about that bit of nonsense), warning bells do go off in my head reading this review when it says there are twists that compare to the ending of the first Saw.

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 9:18 a.m. CST

    The first Saw...

    by Childe Roland

    ...wasn't spectacular, but it wasn't one of those "I-want-the-video-store-chick-to-blow-me-in-reparation-for-the-recommendation" movies, either. It had a clever premise and some visually interesting stuff going on at times. It also had way too many contrived twists and some extremely poor performances. In the modern horror genre, it was still a cut above most everything else that came out that year and, compared to Cabin Fever, was a work of sheer genius. WHoever said a direct comparison isn't apt because Cabin Fever was also a comedy was really being generous. Cabin Fever TRIED to be both a horror film and a comedy and succeeded in neither. Saw was at least creepy and disorienting at times. I'll check out the sequel on video because it will probably kick the shit out of Roth's Hostel in terms of being watchable and using gore as a device to further the story instead of simply as a display piece. Of course, saying it will be better than Hostel isn't saying much.

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 9:35 a.m. CST

    one of those "I-want-the-video-store-chick-to-blow-me-in-reparat

    by Uncooked_Meat

    Childe Rolande - two things- where is this videom store you frequent? And I hope the counter help is cuter than the 55 year old fat lady that works at mine.

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 9:47 a.m. CST

    The PLANT talkbackers are well justified

    by TheGinger Twit

    I mean C'mon. this reads like a bloody grade 10 english assignment film review.

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 10:14 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    A very fair and accurate description of both Saw and Cabin Fever.

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 10:14 a.m. CST

    If I had my druthers

    by Farley Flavors

    Instead of paying 10 bucks to see this movie, I'd prefer to pay 20 bucks to watch Cary Elwes actually saw his own foot off. If Mr. Elwes' agent is interested please contact me.

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 10:21 a.m. CST

    i threw my soda at the screen when the killer gut up an walked a

    by the_man_from_Rio

    granted, it was empty, but you get the idea. i was one of the people who contributed to this sequel by watching SAW in the theaters. it was visually entertaining at times, but to end it like that, making no fuckin sense, is a slap in the face, an unforgivable copout, but i guess pretty forgivable if you make a movie for 5 million (don

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 10:23 a.m. CST

    damn it! bested by grammar! again!

    by the_man_from_Rio

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Saw vs Cabin Fever

    by Acappellaman

    Both movies were below average, but Saw has a slight edge. There are so many problems in both movies that are unforgivable. The worst thing about Cabin fever is how much they hyped the movie up here. Harry made it sound like the best horror movie ever made, and it was a two-star effort at BEST. Saw's biggest problems were 1) the acting, and 2) the logistics. How the hell did Elwes' character NOT hear the killer prepare the other guy in the tub? How could Elwes', being a friggin DOCTOR, not be able to tell the guy on the floor was alive? This was one of Elwes' worst performances ever. I don't know what happened to him after The Princess Bride. I really enjoyed his performance there, but ever since he's just sucked.

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 10:51 a.m. CST

    I nevers saw Saw.

    by Forestal

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 10:52 a.m. CST

    I NEVER saw Saw.

    by Forestal

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 12:10 p.m. CST

    A couple of things...

    by Childe Roland

    to respond to. First, for Doc Pazuzu, I just calls 'em like I sees 'em. Glad you agree. And for Uncooked_Meat, the video store where I rented both Saw and Cabin Fever was on the very hip and trendy northeast side of Milwaukee, where rich folks (not me) live and their adorable-yet-clueless teenaged daughters work the counter with at least one pimply fat guy supervising each shift. When I returned Saw, the cute little pierced girl who recommended it to me asked what I thought of it and (because I like having cute little teenaged girls flirt with me) I asked her to tell me what she liked so much about it first. Of course, the fantasy was kind of ruined for me when she started drawing clumsy parallels to Se7en and it became apparent to me that she thought Saw was as good if not better (if a cute teenaged girl actually had good taste in movies, my wife might understand, but not this one). Conversely, when returning Cabin Fever, I contemplated demanding that the wheezy fat guy who recommended it to me blow me to make up for the experience. Yeah... I was that angry.

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 12:12 p.m. CST

    First 20 Minutes Of SAW Were Pretty Cool

    by ZombieSolutions

    the rest of it, unfortunately, was pretty 'meh'. not bad, not great, just 'meh'.

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 12:13 p.m. CST

    The Janitor and Saw II - he's no plant

    by The Janitor

    I made The Janitor, and this reviewer did man our booth - He's a friend of mine and I can back up that the NecroComicon guys (who made a Saw II Room for L's G) did get him tickets to this screening. He didn't like the first SAW, but loved this... he is NO plant... I mean why would he have mentioned my movie The Janitor, if he worked for Lion's Gate?? lol its just funny how any advanced positive review on this site is deemed a "plant!" by somebody...

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Did You See SAW? I Saw SAW...

    by ZombieSolutions

    which is why i may or may not see Saw 2 on cable sometime in the summer.

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 12:14 p.m. CST

    The Janitor and Saw II - he's no plant

    by The Janitor

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 1:10 p.m. CST


    by Hail

    Somebody had to say it ;)

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 1:26 p.m. CST


    by Josh Town

    You forgot about the anus....How could you forget about that? Lame on you!

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 8:57 p.m. CST

    I think it goes something like this Mr. Janitor

    by TheGinger Twit

    When a review is written that plays to EVERYONE, ie I likes the first, but didn't think it was great.... well thats everyone. Everyone liked it. or everyone didn't think it was great. When the reviewer speaks of being skeptical about a sequel.... yes EVERYONE is skeptical about a sequel. But then when the reviewer starts to offer so much praise to a film, eg it couldn't have been better, it was just right ie, IT'S PERFECT.... then no. Stinky plant all the way. Don't get me wrong. there are genuine reviews out there that can say the exact same things i've just covered. BUT... it can be done with better style and believability. look the point is, this review really is just to... manufactured. learn from it,

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 9:08 p.m. CST

    are you

    by trevorfactor

    also planning on going to see this halloween night, after the costume party?

  • Oct. 21, 2005, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Not a Plant - Proof

    by The Janitor

    You guys are so ridiculous LOL its so funny to read how crazy you all can be... If you think he's a plant, why not see his same review also posted on Bloody Disgusting - which shows the review as by Scott Dawson then go to our website- http:/ You'll see that Mr. Scott Dawson is the FX Artist for "The Janitor" NOT a Lion's Gate plant. I mean obviously a few of you bitter stubborn bastards don't care - but I assure the rest of you - the review is real, and I for one can't wait to check it out... sounds bloody as hell...

  • Oct. 21, 2005, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Hell YEAH!!

    by #1bitch

    if you ask me this movie is going to be great! this is what pepole want more blood, more carnage, more things that are true to life. who's to say that something like this could never happen to you. I for one am all for this movie. and to Mr. Jones. the ending of the first film makes a lot of sence. the bad guy is in the room the hole time. you do understand that he was playing a game? the men did not know it so therefore he is paying with know come to think of if it i think you may be right. now that i think about it it didn't make and sence. sorry about that dud.