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Do you remember the first time you watched Saw? The movie celebrates it’s 10th anniversary on October 29th. With a handful of sequels, crazy twists, and gruesome deaths, it doesn’t feel like the first film in the series came out that long ago, but it did.
I don’t have the best memory, I tend to forget things pretty fast, but I can still remember convincing my mom to take me to the movies to see Saw with my 2 best friends. It wasn’t the first R-rated movie we’d ever been too (over the summer she took us to see Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle) but it was the first horror movie we were seeing in theaters with that rating. We thought it was the coolest thing ever, but what else are you going to think when you’re 13 and seeing a movie that everyone has been talking about? I spent about 75% of the movie hiding behind a bucket of popcorn, because as it turns out, I was terrified of gore and horror movies. When the doll rode up on his little bicycle for the first time and uttered the words we would all no doubt hear for the next ten years, “Do you want to play a game,” I forced one of my friends to leave the theater for the excuse of a bathroom break. I remember gasping in the theater when they realized the point of the hacksaw was not to cut through their chains, but through their own bones.
As an adult, I can appreciate the film for what it is. Since first watching it, I’ve seen enough “scary” movies to satisfy me for a lifetime, yet I’ve never seen a movie like the original Saw. I’ve watch movies where people are being held prisoner. I’ve seen movies where people are killed in crazy, interesting ways. But I’ve never seen a movie that has such an intricate system for how the victims are first chosen, then how they’re killed. In Saw, Jigsaw is not the direct killer. He gives these people, like Amanda (the only victim to survive and escape) a chance to get out, but the circumstances around those choices are tough. Do you kill someone else so you survive? These people also realize that they were chosen for a reason, whether it be drug use, cheating, or overall poor life choices, and that the person they thought was also a victim, might not be as innocent as once believed. The most shocking part of the film, which still gets me even though I’ve seen it a dozen times, is when you found out that the body laying between Adam and Lawrence was not in fact a dead body, as they first assumed when the woke and found the recorders, but it is Jigsaw. When he stands up at the very end and tells Adam that the key to unlock him was in the tub en whe woke up and went down the drain, before sealing him in the bathroom, I still get chills. It’s easily my favorite movie in the series.
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We turned the question to our amazing readers to see what Saw memories they had:
“Saw was the first horror movie I was allowed to see in theaters! I was so excited my mom took my friend and I to see it, as I was only thirteen at the time. It was a great movie, which I still love watching today! Not only was it scary, it was creative and original, which is hard to come by nowadays. The twist at the end had me completely mind blown and I couldn’t wait to see the next movie, cause I knew walking out there would be a sequel, which was equally as good (also hard to come by nowadays). I wish we had more movies like the saw series in this decade!”
– Courtney Z.
“I remember the first time I went to go see Saw, I was on my way to my best friends house and she just bought Saw. Thinking nothing of it we were very excited to make some popcorn and have movie night! Little did we know that we would be clenching pillows to our faces and having nightmares for a few nights! It was such a great movie, especially with the unthinkable twist at the end. Great movies make great memories, I won’t ever forget that night!”
– Jillian J.
“I first watched Saw in the theaters with my mom. I was only 14 when the movie came out; I thought I was too cool going to see a rated R film. I love the Saw franchise because it keeps you intrigued and on the edge of your seat, thinking who is behind this and how are they going to escape! The Saw movies are perfect for “scary movie night.” I have had many Saw marathons with friends. “Want to play a game” (insert creepy voice)? No thanks, I’ll pass.”
– Kelly N.
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You can relive these Saw memories by seeing the film again, for a 1-week limited engagement starting Thursday, October 30th, to celebrate it’s 10 year anniversary. Just in time for Halloween! Want to enjoy a serious throwback, read our review from the first Saw premiere! You can also check out these incredible images from the original Saw.
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