Old 10-26-2011, 02:30 PM
Rank the Saw Series

Like it or not, the Saw series was likely the most prolific horror franchise of the past decade. Beginning with the original in 2004 and leading up to the Final Chapter last year, each new October brought us a new entry in this hyper violent franchise. I never quite realized the attachment I had to it until I missed not having a new entry this year, even if I felt like the series wrapped up fairly well. What I liked best about this series was not the violence, however, but rather the evolving mysteries, particularly in the later films.

How would you all rank this series? I know it has both its fans and its haters. I personally would call myself a fan, and even though there are a few I don't think are particularly good I still like watching them.

1. Saw - A-
2. Saw 6 - B+
3. Saw 2 - B+
4. Saw 7 - B
5. Saw 3 - B-
6. Saw 4 - C
7. Saw 5 - C-
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Old 10-26-2011, 02:41 PM
1. Saw - 8.5/10
2. Saw II - 8/10
3. Saw III - 7.5/10
4. Saw VI - 7/10
5. Saw: The Final Chapter - 6/10
6. Saw IV - 6/10
7. Saw V - 5/10

I'm a huge fan of the series. Saying that I do hope they leave it alone now though..
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Old 10-26-2011, 07:25 PM
1. Saw (8/10)
2. Saw III (8/10)
3. Saw II (6/10)
4. Saw VI (6/10)
5. Saw IV (6/10)
6. Saw V (5/10)
7. Saw: The Final Chapter (4/10)

Overlong franchise - the excellent, nearly-better-than-the-first Saw III would've been the perfect ending - that limped to a truly awful final film with Saw 3D...ugh.
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Old 10-26-2011, 09:55 PM
I like this series a lot as well, one of my favorites. Kinda sad there's no new movie this year, but this series was a fun ride while it lasted. I rank them:

Saw II
Saw VI
Saw V
Saw IV
Saw VII/3D
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:51 PM
Personally I'm glad there's no more. It felt really played out by the fifth film and like the storyline was already grasping at straws to allow room for another instalment. None of the latter instalments were scary at all either. The series, overall, is mediocre - other than the first and third films IMO.
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:58 PM
I enjoy the series a lot for the most part but I felt it was in need of a break for a long time. I thought the seventh was okay and when watched together with the sixth makes for a good series finale, but I'm not opposed to an eighth movie happening in a couple of years from now.
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Old 10-27-2011, 01:05 AM
Out of ****

Saw II - ***
Saw - ***
Saw V - ** 1/2
Saw III - **
Saw VI - **
Saw IV - *
Saw 3D - Zero Stars

Even though Saw V was okay, this franchise really should have stopped at #3. Once John Kramer was killed there was simply no place to go.
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:06 AM
Even if you don't like 7 I think 4 and 5 are arguably so much worse. I never realized how much people hated the finale.
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Old 10-27-2011, 12:11 PM
Saw II
Saw VI
Saw IV
Saw V
Saw VII/3D

I really only thought the first and third were good.
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Old 10-28-2011, 02:40 AM
Originally Posted by SpikeDurden View Post
Even if you don't like 7 I think 4 and 5 are arguably so much worse. I never realized how much people hated the finale.
I gave Part IV one star because I thought the plotting was kind of clever by having it tied to part III the way it was. But it was still an awful movie that the made the unforgivable move of destroying Donnie Walhberg's character.

Part 5 was okay to me. It had calmed down in some of the camera moves that often felt nauseating and the movie didn't feel as mean spirited and ugly as the others. It wasn't great by any means, but it was okay.

I have nothing nice to say about Saw 3D The Final Chapter. It was about as unwatchable as movies get. I don't give out many zero stars but this movie honestly earns it.
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Old 10-28-2011, 03:26 AM
I'll never understand SAW 7's hate. I thought it was a PERFECT ending to a brilliant Horror series.

Having said that, here's how I'd rank 'em:

-Saw 3
-Saw 7
-Saw 6
-Saw 2
-Saw 5
-Saw 4

One of my favourite series' ever, and I DO look forward to a possible Part 8, so long as it's a completely fresh take/story. Continuing on with the same characters, etc. just wouldn't make sense to me, after the Final Chapter.
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Old 11-06-2011, 01:53 PM
This series and Eli Roth's Hostel films led to birth of the "torture porn" genre in horror. While the original Saw, suffers from some very amatuerish acting, it's still of the most original, unsettling, and dare I even say "intellingent" horror films of the last ten years. As for the sequels, can't say I'm the biggest fan. Same recycled storylines and over-the-top blood and gore, the writers really seem to be stretching this already very thin idea as far as it can go. After Saw 3, you could tell that studio greed took over, which explains why a new movie was churned out every Halloween for the last several years. They should have stop this series after the third one; especially considering Jigsaw dies at the end of the movie.
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:02 PM
1. Saw VI 10/10 (this is actually my favorite movie of all time)
2. Saw IV 10/10 (I can barely decide whether I like 4 or 6 better)
3. Saw II 9/10
4. Saw 9/10
5. Saw III 9/10
6. Saw V 8/10
7. Saw: The Final Chapter 6/10

Well. Obviously it's my favorite movie series of all time. Some things about the last installment disappointed me, though.
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:44 AM
Finally got around to watching Saw VI and VII. I had tried to watch the whole series previously, but got bored after Saw V.

I thought VI was an improvement on VI and V, but VII was completely unnecessary, but it was nice to see Cary Elwes back, even though his acting has gotten no better.

They should seriously have stopped at Saw III.
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:30 PM
I can't hate on a horror series for going on too long because I'm a huge Nightmare and Friday fan. But I stopped caring about Saw after 3. I honestly don't remember the third at all to tell you the truth. I re-watched the first 2 after not having seen them in a long while and I forgot how good they were. The first one in particular is still one hell of a good horror movie. I remember being blown away in the theater when it first came out. The second one almost matched it in the intensity department.

One of these days I'll probably catch up with the whole series, but it's not high on my list.
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:27 AM
I think it'd be worth it to catch up on the series. 4 and 5 are alright-ish while 6 is surprisingly very good. IMO it's almost as good as the first two. 7 is a letdown after 6 but I find it's made somewhat better when watched together with 6. Together the two movies make for a good enough series finale.
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Old 11-10-2012, 06:19 PM
1 & 2 are the only "good" of the series.
The worst: III and specially IV. Unpopular opinion: Saw V is the less bad. The simple cat-and-mouse game and classical traps (pendulum, inclosing walls) was better than the progressively boring and annoying moral disquisitions and multitude character narrative of the others, although the somewhat ¿parodic? tone of VI & VII was more watchable than III & IV.
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:02 AM
1: A
2: B+
3: B
4: B
5: B
6: B
7: B
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:43 PM
I'm revisting the "Saw" series right now. Every three nights, I watch the next chapter. It's a nice way to spend November. I can't rank them and rating them is irrelevent. I like them all. *** out of 4 if anything.

Last revisited the series two years ago and no longer had any issues with "Saw V." It is too heavy with the flashbacks, and the trapped characters are less sympathetic, but that doesn't bother me. Its responsibility was to show how Detective Hoffman became an apprentice and it does a good job. Hoffman isn't that expressive, perhaps intentionally because he doesn't feel anything anymore after so much loss and death in his life, but we do see an emotional outburst from him when Jigsaw confronts him. That is a key scene for him. It also has a hell of an ending. But I think using the tagline "You won't believe how it ends" wasn't the right idea. That tagline is more fitting with "Saw IV," and it ultimately led people to believe an even bigger twist was coming in "Saw V," which there wasn't. There was a small twist and a spectacular final trap (the first movie to tease you with it and show its execution in rated-R glory). It didn't matter to me that the final twist wasn't so big. The twists had to start slowing down at some point.

Upon revisiting "Saw II" recently, I no longer have issues with that one. It used to bother me that the trapped people were in a house with less spectacular traps. But hell, it is intense and dark enough on its own terms. It is the chapter that officially treats Jigsaw/John Kramer as a character and he has some interesting discussions with Donnie Wahlberg.

I'm through with the first five movies and tonight will be "Saw VI." A shame what happened with that one. People paid for "Saw V," were disappointed by it, and as a result, "Saw VI" was the first of the movies to not kill in the box-office. A lot of fans gave up on it. Even though it makes up for "Saw V." It seems like every series starts showing its age at Part 5.

What I appreciate about this series is that it offered a mystery and soap opera to invest into. It wasn't just traps and gore. It kept going and never took a break. Every year, it was "If it's Halloween, it must 'Saw'." It gave us something to look forward to. It went all the way and paid the inevitable price of fatigued fans losing interest at a certain point. And when they realized enough fans were losing interest, they knew the game had to eventually come to an end and go out with a bang. And that they did.

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Old 11-21-2012, 08:31 PM
I am now done revisiting this wonderful series and find it sad that it's over. Will it be another two years before revisiting? "Saw V" feels uneven with its flashback/present ratio and has shallow characters, but I still like it. Naturally, the twists started slowing down at this point. "Saw VI" is really badass and is a return to the series' greatness. Does feature a few small twists. Nice to see Eddie Winslow collecting a paycheck.

The series was supposed to conclude with "Saw VII" and "Saw VIII," and it shows in "Saw (VII): The Final Chapter." Some traps are quite random. They must have paid Cary Elwes a lot of money to return as Dr. Gordon after "Saw VI" somewhat flopped. The final scenario with trapped victims is effective although very similar to the one in "Saw VI." There are one or two small twists and it concludes on a cruel note. Almost everybody bites it, either to teach the main victim a lesson or end off the main storyline once and for all.

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Old 11-22-2012, 12:15 AM
Saw (9/10)
Every Saw sequel = 1/10.


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Old 11-30-2012, 09:54 PM
Originally Posted by 1000 View Post
Saw (9/10)
Every Saw sequel = 1/10.


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Old 12-16-2012, 09:24 AM
Saw- 9/10
Saw II- 6/10
Saw III- 7/10
Saw IV- 4/10
Saw V- 3/10
Saw VI- 5/10
Saw 3D- 1/10

Because of the bad taste this franchise has left in my mouth, I seriously would like to change my forum name.
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:02 AM
The first Saw was a clever, interesting movie. More of a "whodunit" than a horror movie really, it started with a fairly unique premise and had that great ending. The best of the series even though there were some rough spots for sure.

I remember thinking before I watched Saw II that it almost HAD to be horrible. Sequels that are rushed out after the success of the first movie often are horrendous, but Saw II was actually decent. It changed the dynamic from Saw I and was the first time we were fully introduced to Jigsaw, who is the most badass "killer" in any franchise.

But it quickly went downhill from there. The main problem with the series was... and this truly unforgivable... was they took that great badass villian I just spoke about and DILUTED HIM OVER AND OVER AGAIN! How could they do that?! Having multiple Jigsaws, with seeming more of them in every movie, was a terrible idea!

I think each movie got progressively worse. There were still some good scenes and traps, but we saw it all before.

I do miss having new ones to see though, even though my expectations were lowered each time. I still say I love the Saw movies though mostly from a intriguing mythos that was set up in the early films and I try to ignore the later ones.
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