Or, more accurately, they went over to play at SAW’s house. Astute Horror fans may have recognized a recent setting from the wildly popular TV show as the same one used for the original film SAW. That room in which the Saviors held Carol and Maggie prisoner was the same one used by the Jigsaw killer to torment his original victims. There’s no artistic connection between the two, the TV series and the theatrical feature. That is to say, the two storylines are not in any way connected. We will not be seeing the Jigsaw killer make a cameo in the show. The producers of the latter simply made use of the room, taking advantage of its creepy, claustrophobic, washed-out griminess for that particular scene. They knew from the movie how effective it was for that purpose, how atmospheric.

I loved the original SAW. That scene where the “dead” body gets up off the floor made my jaw drop. (Sorry to those who haven’t seen it, but it’s not like you haven’t had plenty of opportunities, now is it?) It saddened me what the franchise turned into, a cash cow milked to death by the studio. As each year a new installment was cranked out, the pictures continued to diminish in terms of quality. If they ever do decide to make another one—what are we up to? SAW PART 14?—the only way to make of it something original and refreshing would be if they DID feature a crossover with THE WALKING DEAD. Jigsaw could implement walkers in one of his deathtraps. (Y’know, thinking about it, the idea’s not half bad.)

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of Evil Cheez Productions ( - - specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. And he really likes vampires and werewolves. Like, a LOT.