Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Saw VI

Directed by:  Kevin Greutert
Written by:  Marcus Dunstan, Patrick Melton
Starring:  Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor and Mark Rolston
From IMDB:
"Agent Strahm is dead and framed while Hoffman continues John's legacy while Jill carries out John's final request."
It's a contradiction I know but I've never been a big fan of the torture porn horror trend.  When I first read the premise for Hostel I was struck with the similarities it had with a project I'd pitched to a guy at HBO.  Obviously I never made the sale.
So when I went to see it, I thought "This is going to be good."  It was good but I did find myself a tad sickened - not an all together bad thing.  But with each subsequent film down that path I find I'm losing my stones for it.  I like being frightened by a film.  Being grossed out - not as much.  But being frightened is getting harder.  It's hard to frighten a seasoned horror fan.
So why do I like the Saw franchise?  They clever, good production value and good talent. 
Very high gross out factor and very low scare factor but not a bad movie factor.
Saw VI carries on in the same tradition.  There's nothing really new to report on - same old thing - imaginative kills and a fast pace.  I enjoyed every minute.
The final kill (acid cutting the body in half) was really something.
It'd be easy to rag on these films but you're not going to hear from me.
I'm giving it 3.5 Bloody Eyes out of 5.

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