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Saw is a horror franchise created by James Wan and Leigh Whannell and distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment and Twisted Pictures. The films take place in a fictional universe that revolves around a serial killer, dubbed The Jigsaw Killer, who captures victims who he believes do not appreciate their life and puts them into traps to test their survival instinct. While starting as a film series, Saw has evolved to encompass numerous media forms including video games and comics as well as mazes and a roller coaster. According to The New York Times in October 2009, including international sales and revenue from DVDs, television and merchandise, the Saw series has taken in more than $1 billion, making it one of the highest-grossing horror franchises in history.[1] This comprises over 28 million DVDs sold and $665 million worth of ticket sales for the first five films alone, along with various other merchandise.[2] On July 23, 2010, the franchise was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the "Most Successful Horror Movie Series".[3]

The series debuted on October 29, 2004 with Saw. The film was met with much financial success,[4] which allowed the sequel, Saw II, to be created and released a year later. Subsequent sequels were released a year after the previous film, all on the Friday before Halloween. Eight films have been made in the franchise. The success of the films has influenced such products as Saw: The Video Game, which was published by Konami in 2009 and released before the sixth film.[5] Other products include a comic book, Saw: Rebirth, which was released before the second film.[6] The most recent products released were a second video game as well as a seventh film, both released in October 2010.[7][8]

FilmsEdit


Original release dates:
October 29, 2004 – Theatrical release[9]
February 15, 2005 – Home media[10]
Notes:
  • The only full film in the series directed by creator James Wan

Original release dates:
October 28, 2005 – Theatrical release[11]
February 14, 2006 – Home media[12]
Notes:

Original release dates:
October 27, 2006 – Theatrical release[15]
January 23, 2007 – Home media[16]
Notes:
  • Holds the highest worldwide gross for any Saw film with just under $165 million[14][17]

Original release dates:
October 26, 2007 – Theatrical release[18]
January 22, 2008 – Home media[19]
Notes:
  • The last film in the series directed by Darren Lynn Bousman

Original release dates:
October 24, 2008 – Theatrical release[20]
January 20, 2009 – Home media[21]
Notes:
  • Currently holds the lowest cumulative reviews of all the films[22]
  • The only film in the series directed by David Hackl

Original release dates:
October 23, 2009 – Theatrical release[23]
January 26, 2010 – Home media[24]
Notes:
  • Holds the lowest theatrical grosses both domestically and internationally for any Saw film with approximately $64 million total gross[14][25][26]
  • The first film in the series to be directed by Kevin Greutert[27]

Original release dates:
October 29, 2010 – Theatrical release[28]
January 25, 2011 – Home media
Notes:
  • The only Saw film shot in 3-D[28]
  • Kevin Greutert returned to direct
  • Cary Elwes who played Dr. Gordon in the first Saw film finally returns after five sequels.[29]

Original release dates:
October 27, 2017 – Theatrical release[30]
Notes:
  • Continuation of the series after a seven-year absence.

Short filmEdit


Original release dates:
October 18, 2005 – DVD (Saw Uncut Edition)
Notes:
  • Short film created to pitch the Saw script to studios
  • Later included on the Uncut DVD of Saw[31]

Other mediaEdit

Video gamesEdit

Title Details

Original release date(s):
October 6, 2009 – video game[5]
Release years by system:
Xbox 360, PlayStation 3:
North America: October 6, 2009
Europe: November 20, 2009
Australia: December 3, 2009
Microsoft Windows:
Worldwide: October 22, 2009
Notes:

Original release date(s):
Autumn 2010 – video game[8]
Release years by system:
Xbox 360, Playstation 3 – October 2010
Notes:
  • Published by Konami and developed by Zombie Studios
  • Set between Saw and Saw II, it is a sequel to the first Saw game


PrintedEdit

Saw: Rebirth

Original release dates:
October 25, 2005 – comic book[6]
Notes:
  • One-shot comic book by IDW Publishing
  • A chronological prequel to Saw
  • Turned into an animated comic to promote Saw II
  • Its canonicity was later contradicted by events in Saw IV. It is, however, the first canonical appearance of Jigsaw's wife, Jill, who was later introduced into the film series in Saw III, and established still-canonical elements of Jigsaw's backstory (an engineer who is dying from brain cancer.)

MerchandiseEdit

Merchandise

Original release dates:
Various releases – action figure, figurine, novelty item, Halloween costumes[32][33][34]
Notes:

MusicEdit

Title Release date Length Label Source
Saw: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack October 5, 2004 57:29 Artists' Addiction Records [35]
Saw II: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack October 25, 2005 1:11:50 Artists' Addiction Records [36]
Saw II Original Motion Picture Score October 25, 2005 56:05 Artists' Addiction Records [37]
Saw III: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack October 24, 2006 1:18:07 Artists' Addiction Records [38]
Saw IV: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack October 23, 2007 1:04:32 Artists' Addiction Records [39]
Music Inspired by Saw IV January 17, 2008 29:56 Artists' Addiction Records [39]
Saw IV Original Motion Picture Score October 26, 2007 (non-retail) 2:04:47 Evolution Music Partners [40]
Saw V Original Motion Picture Soundtrack October 21, 2008 N/A Artists' Addiction Records [41]
Saw V: Original Motion Picture Score February 2, 2010 N/A Evolution Music Partners N/A
Saw VI: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack October 20, 2009 75:38 Trustkill Records N/A
Saw VI: Original Motion Picture Score October 20, 2009 1:04:01 Trustkill Records [42]
Saw 3D Original Motion Picture Soundtrack November 2, 2010 58:48 Evolution Music Partners [43]
Saw 3D (Original Score Soundtrack) November 2, 2010 66:57 Evolution Music Partners [44]

ReferencesEdit

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