|Directed by||Darren Lynn Bousman|
by James Wan
and Leigh Whannell
|Music by||Charlie Clouser|
|Edited by||Kevin Greutert|
|Distributed by||Lions Gate Films|
|Box office||$139.3 million|
Saw IV is a 2007 American-Canadian horror film and the fourth installment in the Saw franchise. It was directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and written by newcomers Marcus Dunstan, Patrick Melton, and Thomas Fenton. It stars Tobin Bell, Scott Patterson, Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell, and Lyriq Bent.
The film continues the story of the Jigsaw Killer's obsession with teaching people the value of their lives. Despite Jigsaw's death in the previous 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 to let go of his obsession with saving everyone, while at the same time attempting to save his partner.
The film was released in North America on October 26, 2007 to generally negative reviews from critics. Despite this, the film was a box office success, grossing $139 million worldwide. It was followed by Saw V on October 24, 2008.
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 has 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 Daniel 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 John'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 detective Eric Matthews. That night, Rigg is attacked in his home; he awakens to learn that Eric 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: Eric is held atop an ice block by a chain-noose, and Hoffman is strapped to a chair with electrodes at his feet. If Eric slips or too much ice melts, both men will die. A man later arrives to oversee the game.
Rigg finds a prostitute, Brenda, bound to a chair in his living room, which he accidentally turns on the trap, which slowly tears apart her scalp. Rigg frees her, but kills Brenda in self-defense when she attacks Rigg with a knife (having been instructed to kill him to evade arrest). Rigg is then led to a motel and instructed to abduct the owner, Ivan Landsness, who Rigg finds out is a serial rapist. He forces Ivan onto a bed, which requires Ivan to blind both of his eyes to escape in time. Ivan blinds only one of his eyes, and the trap dismembers him. Rigg is led to a school, where he finds a married couple impaled by metal spikes: Rex, who is already dead from major-artery blood loss; and Morgan, who has remained alive at his expense by pulling the spikes from both their bodies. Morgan pulls out her last spike and Rigg gives her a key to save herself. Rigg turns on a fire alarm and goes to the location of his final test.
The agents alternate between investigating the scenes and questioning Jill Tuck, John's ex-wife. Jill reveals John's work with civil engineering and property development, and that she miscarried her son Gideon after seven months when Cecil Adams, a drug 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, and survivor of the mausoleum trap. Art is revealed to be the man overseeing the game when he stops Eric's attempts at jumping and gives him a gun. At the school, the agents learn that all three victims, as well as Jill, were Art's clients. A crime scene photographer is killed by a trap, while Strahm and Perez 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 how Kramer ended his work with the wake of Art's depression, and that Cecil became the first victim of John's "games". Strahm connects her story and a prior clue to the Gideon Meatpacking Plant, the location of his final test.
Strahm arrives after Rigg, but ends up following Jeff Denlon. After finding Jeff in the sickroom, Strahm shoots him dead in self-defense when Jeff demands his daughter back. Meanwhile, Art 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 Eric as he breaks into the room, releasing two overhead ice blocks which swing down and crush Eric's head, killing him. Rigg shoots and kills Art, believing him responsible for the game, only to learn from Art's tape recorder that his interference caused Eric's death. Hoffman, the actual accomplice, releases himself from the chair, but leaves Rigg to bleed to death. He seals Strahm in the sickroom and leaves the plant. The scene cuts to Hoffman at the morgue, which implies that John's autopsy took place after the events of the film.
- 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
- Simon Reynolds as Officer Lamanna
- Donnie Wahlberg as Detective Eric Matthews
- Angus Macfadyen as Jeff Denlon
- Shawnee Smith as Amanda Young
- Bahar Soomekh as Lynn Denlon
- Dina Meyer as Detective Allison Kerry
- Mike Realba as Detective Fisk
- Marty Adams as Ivan Landsness
- Sarain Boylan as Brenda
- Billy Otis as Cecil Adams
- James Van Patten as Dr. Heffner
- Kevin Rushton as Trevor
- Julian Richings as Vagrant
- Ingrid Hart as Tracy Rigg
- Niamh Wilson as Corbett Denlon
- Janet Land as Morgan
- Ron Lea as Rex
- Tony Nappo as Gus Colyard
- Emmanuelle Vaugier as Addison Corday
- Noam Jenkins as Michael Marks
- 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 16 April 2007 to 3 May 2007. The filming location was Toronto, Ontario; the same place both Saw II and Saw III were filmed. The post-production period began on 19 May.
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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