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Posted on May 20, 2015

The Unique Monstrosity of Jigsaw

Elizabeth Erwin

Lauded as a significant entry in the catalog of torture porn, Saw became one of the highest grossing horror films in recent memory.  The 2004 film opens with two characters chained in a dilapidated bathroom. Instructions detailing how to escape are left by an unknown assailant but there is a catch. One of the characters must kill the other if he wants to live. What follows is a game of cat and mouse in which our ringleader, named Jigsaw, uses physical and psychological horrors to test the will of his “players.”
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