The latest installment in the horror film franchise hits theaters Oct. 27.
Created by Leigh Whannell and James Wan, the Saw franchise has grossed a total of $416 million ($541 million adjusted for inflation). Between 2004-10, a new film was added to the franchise each year over Halloween weekend. Now, nearly a decade after the death of the killer behind the games, Saw is back with its eighth installment.
The saga follows the work of twisted serial killer Jigsaw, who kidnaps people that he believes do not appreciate the value of life. Jigsaw, later revealed to be terminal cancer patient John Kramer, puts his subjects through physical and psychological torture in a series of "tests" and "games" to see if they have the survival instincts necessary to stay alive.
The original film was directed by James Wan, with the following sequels directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV), David Hackl (Saw V) and Kevin Greutert (Saw VI and Saw 3D). The upcoming installment of the franchise, Jigsaw, was directed by the Spierig brothers and is set for release Oct 27.
Ahead of Jigsaw's release, catch up on the films by watching all of the trailers below.
In the first film of the horror franchise, Leigh Whannell and Cary Elwes star as Adam Stanheight and Dr. Lawrence Gordon, respectively. The two men awake at the start of the film to find themselves chained inside of a dilapidated bathroom, trapped as victims of the infamous Jigsaw (Tobin Bell).
In the film, Whannell and Elwes struggle at the disposal of their captor, as one is ordered to kill the other or risk his entire family being killed. Saw also introduces the face of the franchise, Billy the Puppet, a mechanical ventriloquist doll utilized by Jigsaw to deliver messages to his victims.
Directed by James Wan, the film also stars Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Ken Leung and Michael Emerson.
After the success of the original horror flick, the Saw franchise returned with its sequel a year later. This time, Saw II follows Detectives Allison Kerry (Dina Meyer) and Eric Matthews (Donnie Wahlberg) as they attempt to rescue eight victims trapped in one of Jigsaw's psychological games.
The film delves deeper into the back story of its antagonist than the previous does, revealing John Kramer's motives behind his actions as Jigsaw.
Today, Saw II remains as the highest-grossing film in the franchise, earning $87 million ($120 million adjusted for inflation) domestically at the box office.
The plot thickens in the third installment of the franchise, Saw III, starring Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Angus Macfayden, Bahar Soomekh and Dina Meyer. Smith portrays Amanda Young, a minor character in the previous two films, who comes into her own this time around as Jigsaw's apprentice.
In Saw III, Kramer is nearing the end of his battle with terminal cancer and hopes to complete one last test before he dies. With the help of Amanda, the two capture Jeff Denion (Macfayden) who is plagued by vengeance for the man who killed his son years prior in a hit-and-run accident. Jigsaw also captures Denion's wife, Lynn, a doctor instructed to keep Kramer alive until the end of the test.
Despite the death of Jigsaw and his apprentice, Amanda, in the previous film, the killer continues to play his games in even more disturbing ways than before, leaving behind various tapes with instructions for his victims. Saw IV follows Lt. Daniel Rigg, played by Lyriq Bent, who is trapped in one of Jigsaw's games, while trying to save himself, as well as Detective Mark Hoffman (Costas Mandylor), from a gruesome death.
The saga continues with Saw V, as Jigsaw still manages to test his victims to their limits even long after his death. While a new group of unfortunate souls undergo a Jigsaw game, FBI Agent Peter Strahm (Scott Patterson) continues his work from the previous film and investigates Detective Marc Hoffman's (Costas Mandylor) involvement in the twisted schemes.
Saw V is directed by David Hackl and also stars Betsy Russell, Marc Rolston, Tobin Bell and Julie Benz.
In Kevin Greutert's directorial debut, Saw VI continues Jigsaw's legacy, which has been taken over by his successor, Detective Hoffman. The FBI struggle to discover who is targeting Jigsaw's new victims, while Hoffman attempts to keep his involvement hidden. The characters of John Kramer (Tobin Bell) and Amanda Young (Shawnee Smith) are also reprised in this film in a series of flashbacks and recorded video tapes.
Saw VI was the least successful film of the franchise, grossing $27 million domestically ($32.4 million adjusted for inflation).
Saw 3D: The Final Chapter, starring Tobin Bell, Sean Patrick Flanery, Betsy Russell and Costas Mandylor, brings together a group of Jigsaw survivors, including Dr. Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes), from the original film in 2004. One falsely claimed survivor in particular finds himself caught up in a real Jigsaw game, while Detective Hoffman's involvement in the recent horrors is revealed.
Jigsaw, the upcoming addition to the Saw franchise, features a new cast of characters troubled with a mysterious series of murders that could only be the work of Jigsaw. As the investigation develops, the killer's legacy prevails even a decade later. The film stars Laura Vandervoort, Brittany Allen, Tobin Bell, Matt Passmore, Callum Keith Rennie and more. Jigsaw hits theaters Oct. 27.