🎶It’s the most wonderful time of the year.🎶
Welcome to Spooptoberfest 2020, a month-long celebration of all things horror. This year, we’re taking a look at my all-time favorite horror franchise: SAW. I know what you’re thinking, “Are you serious? Why?” and obviously there is nothing I can say to fully express why I love this franchise so much, I had such a hard time choosing the order for this list, but I hope to give some insight this year. And yes, I am beyond hyped for Spiral.
With SAW, I want to take every trap from all 9 movies and list my top 10. This is my personal opinion and I am basing my choices on the following criteria:
- Design / Aesthetic
- Entertainment Value
Now with some of these, I need to be careful, because if you’re like me and very knowledgeable in SAW lore, then you’ll know that there are many traps that don’t abide by the original rules: a person being tortured and the main player of the game has to free them, two players face each other and one must die for the other to live, and there are traps that are made to kill as opposed to acting as a “tool” to change a person’s life. If I include any traps that fall into either or both of those categories, I will make special note of that.
Without any further adieu, as our lord and savior once said, “Let the game begin”.
#7: The Knife chair
Film: SAW IV
In SAW IV, we come to the very first trap Jigsaw ever made. That alone, is why this one holds a special place in not only John Kramer’s heart, but mine as well. And… *sigh* Cecil… poor Cecil. This trap obviously has nothing to do with the main game, but it (also obviously) is incredibly important. Cecil is a complete scumbag in every sense of the word. After causing the death of his child, John sees Cecil as the perfect candidate for his very first “game”.
Jigsaw’s Explanation: “Your life is a lie, Cecil. Now comes your moment of truth. As a drug addict and a thief, you’ve preyed on the kindness of others to fuel your addiction. Today we’re bringing the ugliness inside you out into the open. Now in order for you to stay alive we have to match your face with the ugliness of your soul.”
How it works: One person is strapped into the chair. Hands and feet are bounded. A contraption with 8 knives is placed around the player’s head. The player must push his/her face through the knives far enough to activate the lever that will set them free. And just so they don’t get too comfortable, there are razor blades attached to the arm rests of the chair.
Why I like it: Jigsaw’s first ever trap is so simple yet so intricate. The Bathroom from SAW I is iconic because it’s the first ever game in the series, but the Knife Chair and Cecil are the two pieces that really kicked off Jigsaw’s career. The pain level must be extraordinary as the razor blades are constantly cutting into your wrists and the knives cut close to your eyes. Cecil technically did survive this, since the chair broke apart at the end. But, Cecil couldn’t help himself, and we end the scene with one of my favorite deaths.