|Directed by||Darren Lynn Bousman|
|Produced by||Mark Burg
|Screenplay by||Patrick Melton
|Story by||Thomas Fenton
by James Wan
|Music by||Charlie Clouser|
|Edited by||Kevin Greutert|
|Distributed by||Lionsgate Films|
|Box office||$139.3 million|
Saw IV is a 2007 Canadian-American horror film and the fourth installment of the Saw franchise. It was directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and written by newcomers Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan, and Thomas Fenton. It stars Tobin Bell, Scott Patterson, Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell and Lyriq Bent. The film was released in North America on October 26, 2007.
The film continues the story of the Jigsaw Killer's obsession with teaching people the value of their lives. Despite Jigsaw being killed in the last installment, the film focuses on his ability to manipulate people into continuing his work. The story follows Lieutenant Daniel Rigg being put through a series of tests in order to try and let go of his obsession with saving everyone, whilst at the same time attempting to save his partner.
A wax-coated microcassette is found in John Kramer's stomach during his autopsy. It reveals to Mark Hoffman, the detective called in to hear it, that the games, including his own, will continue. Elsewhere, two men - one with his eyes sewn shut, the other with his mouth sewn shut - awaken in a mausoleum, chained at the neck to a winch. The blinded man panics and activates the winch while attacking the muted man, who kills him and removes a key from his collar to free himself.
Four days after Allison Kerry's death, a SWAT team led by Hoffman and Lieutenant Rigg finds her body, and Hoffman warns Rigg for breaking through an unsecured door to reach her. The scene is also investigated by Peter Strahm and Lindsey Perez, Kerry's FBI contacts, who received a message and a key from her. Noting Kramer's and Amanda Young's physical limitations, Strahm states they are looking for an unidentified accomplice; he soon becomes suspicious of Rigg, who has developed an obsession with saving people in the six months since the disappearance of Eric Matthews. That night, Rigg is attacked in his home; he awakens to learn that Matthews is alive and has ninety minutes to save himself, with Hoffman's life also at risk. Meanwhile, he must play his own game to face and overcome his obsession. The detectives are shown to be at each end of a large seesaw: Matthews is held atop an ice block by a chain-noose, and Hoffman is strapped to a chair with electrodes at his feet. If Matthews slips or too much ice melts, both men will die. A man later arrives to oversee the game.
Rigg finds a pimp, Brenda, bound to a chair in his living room. He is implored to leave her, but he accidentally starts the trap by removing her gag, which slowly tears her scalp. He frees her, but kills her in self-defense when she attacks with a knife, having been manipulated into doing so. He is then led to a motel and instructed to abduct the owner, Ivan Landsness, and put him in a prearranged trap in one of the rooms. After finding evidence that Landsness is a serial rapist, Rigg forces him into the trap and leaves after handing him two controllers; he must blind his eyes with blades, but blinds only one eye before the timer expires and the trap dismembers him. Rigg then enters a school where he once assaulted a man named Rex, who was accused of domestic violence. He and his wife, Morgan, are locked in a harness and impaled by spikes, which passed through vital points in his body but non-vital points of hers. By the time Rigg finds them, Morgan has removed all but one spike and passed out from shock. She awakens, and Rigg gives her the harness key and tells her to free herself. He finds the location of his final test and pulls the fire alarm as he leaves.
The agents alternate between investigating the scenes and questioning Jill Tuck, Kramer's ex-wife. She reveals Kramer's work with civil engineering and property development, and that she was pregnant with their son, Gideon, but miscarried after seven months when Cecil Adams, an addict, slammed a door into her stomach while robbing her health clinic. At the motel, the agents learn that the room was rented out to a lawyer named Art Blank, who vanished two weeks prior. Blank, the survivor of the mausoleum trap, is revealed to be the man overseeing the game when he stops Matthews's attempts at jumping and gives him a gun. At the school, the agents learn that all three victims, as well as Jill, were Blank's clients. They find a puppet and a tape recorder in another room, which plays a cryptic message for Perez before its face explodes, sending shrapnel into her face. After Perez is hospitalized, Strahm furiously questions Jill, now convinced of Blank's involvement, and learns that Kramer ended his work with Blank in the wake of his depression, and that Cecil became the first victim of his "games". He connects her story and a prior clue to the Gideon Meatpacking Plant, the location of Rigg's final test.
Strahm arrives after Rigg, but ends up following Jeff Denlon. He finds the sickroom and unlocks it with Kerry's key, and shoots Jeff dead in self-defense when Jeff pulls a gun on him and demands his daughter back. Meanwhile, Blank pulls out a device which will free them when the timer expires; if used before then, a pair of pincers will sever his spine. Rigg finds them and is shot by Matthews as he breaks into the room, releasing two overhead ice blocks which swing down and crush Matthews's head, killing him. Rigg shoots and kills Blank, believing him responsible for the game, and learns from Blank's tape recorder that his interference caused Matthews's death. Hoffman, who was never in danger and is really the actual accomplice, releases himself from the chair and leaves Rigg to bleed to death. He seals Strahm in the sickroom before leaving the plant. The scene then cuts to Hoffman at the morgue.
- Tobin Bell as John Kramer
- Costas Mandylor as Detective Mark Hoffman
- Scott Patterson as Agent Peter Strahm
- Betsy Russell as Jill Tuck
- Lyriq Bent as Lieutenant Daniel Rigg
- Athena Karkanis as Agent Lindsey Perez
- Justin Louis as Art Blank
- Donnie Wahlberg as Detective Eric Matthews
- Angus Macfadyen as Jeff Denlon
- Dina Meyer as Detective Allison Kerry
- Marty Adams as Ivan Landsness
- Janet Land as Morgan
- Ron Lea as Rex
- Sarain Boylan as Brenda
- Billy Otis as Cecil Adams
- Kevin Rushton as Trevor
- Mike Realba as Detective Fisk
- Ingrid Hart as Tracy Rigg
- James Van Patten as Dr. Heffner
- Emmanuelle Vaugier as Addison Corday
- Noam Jenkins as Michael Marks
- Tony Nappo as Gus Colyard
- Mike Butters as Paul Stallberg
- J. Larose as Troy
- Oren Koules as Donnie Greco
Saw IV's writers were Thomas Fenton, Marcus Dunstan, and Patrick Melton. There was also a hunt for a director before it was officially stated that Darren Lynn Bousman would direct the fourth installment, with creators and executive producers James Wan and Leigh Whannell also returning. principal photography took from April 16, 2007 to May 3, 2007. The filming location was Toronto, Ontario, the same place both Saw II and Saw III were filmed. Post-production period began on May 19.
In an interview with Bousman, he stated that the last work on Saw IV would happen in August to be able to have prints made. At Comic Con 2007, it was revealed by Bousman and producer Mark Burg that the MPAA had given the film an NC-17 rating. They would have to figure out whether or not to cut the film to achieve an R rating or release it as an NC-17 film, the former of which they accomplished.
The film grossed $63,300,095 in the United States and an additional $71,228,814 internationally, bringing the theatrical total to $134,528,909. It is Lionsgate's sixth highest-grossing film in the United States and Canada.
Critical reception to Saw IV was negative. Rotten Tomatoes reports that 17% of critics gave the film a positive review, based upon 75 reviews, with an average score of 3.7 out of 10. The Rotten Tomatoes consensus states: " Saw IV is more disturbing than compelling, with material already seen in the prior installments." On Metacritic, the film has an average score of 36 out of 100, based on 16 reviews. Scott Schueller from the Los Angeles Times called it "a film as edgy as a rubber knife" and said that "if the terrible craft of Bousman's film doesn't turn your stomach, the borderline pornographic violence will. It's disconcerting to imagine anyone enjoying the vile filth splashing the screen." Frank Scheck from The Hollywood Reporter said "the famously inventive torture sequences here seem depleted of imagination", but added that "it hasn't yet jumped the shark like such predecessors as the Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th movies eventually did." Peter Hartlaub from The San Francisco Chronicle called it "the Syriana of slasher films, so complicated and circuitous that your only hope of understanding everything is to eat lots of fish the night before and then watch each of the previous films, in order, right before you enter the theater." James Berardinelli wrote that "Saw IV functions as a drawn-out, tedious epilogue to a series that began with an energetic bang three years ago with Saw, then progressively lost momentum, coherence, and intelligence with each successive annual installment. Saw IV is nothing short of a money-grab. Despite a couple of loose ends (that are tied up unsatisfactorily here), Saw III finished the story."
A less negative review came from Scott Weinberg from Fearnet, who said that while it "is almost certainly the weakest of the series where stuff like plot, logic, and chills are concerned... there's still more than enough here to keep the fans intrigued, entertained, and squirming in their seats" and added that the "Saw-makers are to be commended for actually putting forth this sort of effort. I grew up in an era that offered little more than quick-cash, stand-alone horror sequels like Halloween 5 and Friday the 13th Part 7 — so the fact that these producers actually give a damn about narrative continuity (right down to the smallest detail) is fairly impressive." Horror.com said that "with Saw IV, the pieces have all come together and [it's] the best of the lot." Jamie Russell from the BBC called it "deeply unsettling; just like a horror movie should be." Chris Hewitt from St. Paul Pioneer Press claimed that "Saw IV is a fluid film, as neatly constructed as the deadly puzzles Jigsaw creates to snare his victims." Film School Rejects said that "One of the things that is most intriguing to me about the Saw movies is how much I actually have enjoyed them" and claimed that "As far as fourth installments in a series, Saw IV is quite impressive." Linda Cook from Quad-City Times gave it a positive review also and said "The twists and turns are deadly, the 'lessons' are taught once again, and we have the perfect setup for Saw V."
|Empire Awards||Best Horror||Nominated|
|Golden Trailer Awards||Best Horror TV Spot||Won|
|Best Horror Poster||Nominated|
|Best Teaser Poster||Nominated|
|Best Thriller Poster||Nominated|
|Best Thriller TV Spot||Nominated|
The Unrated Director's Cut was released on January 22, 2008 in America and March 3, 2008 in the UK, on DVD and Blu-ray. The "Extreme Edition", which was released in the UK only, before the release of Saw V in October 2008 features a 95-minute running time of the film.
Extreme Limited Edition
This edition was only released in the United Kingdom.
- Exclusive automated spinning Saw with a sound clip packaging
- A copy of the Saw: Rebirth comic
- Two audio commentaries (one with director Darren Lynn Bousman and actor Lyriq Bent; the other featuring the producers)
- Video diary of Darren Lynn Bousman
- Traps of Saw IV
- Props of Saw IV
- Music Video "I.V." by X Japan
The soundtrack was released on October 23, 2007 by WEA/Warner Bros. Records.
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