Jigsaw The Dead In This Eighth Installment Of The Hugely Successful Horror Movie (2019)
A character screams to the titular villain in Jigsaw the eighth installment of the hugely successful horror franchise. The answer of course is obvious. He still alive because there money to be made. John kramer the endlessly inventive psychopth who serves as the central character in the long running series died five films ago. And the last supposedly final installment the lamentable saw 3D was released way back in 2010. But horror movie villains and the franchises in which they appear never really die. They are endlessly ready to be resuscitated and rebooted especially if halloween is just around the corner.
The spierig brothers the australian siblings whose credits include daybreakers and predestination directed this edition which takes place 10 year after jigsaw’s death. But just because he dead doesnt mean that he cant still make trouble. In this case it means five hapless victims trapped in a farm rigged enough up with enough lethal rube goldberg style homicidal contraptions to fill a dozens perverse theme parks.
Meanwhile a series of mutilated corpses are discovered each bearing the distinctive stamp of missing jigsaw shaped flesh. Detectives halloran callum keith rennie and hart cle bennett are on the case which doesnt go wel when the suspect they are pursuing gets shot in the chest before he can provide any information. Medical examiners logan nelson matt passmore and eleanor bonneville hannah emily anderson have their hands full dealing iwth the bodies one of whom they refer to as buckethead because his face was encased in one just before running into a circular saw.
The elaborate machinations with which jigsaw torments his victims pale in comparison to the ones in the screenplay by josh stolberg and peter goldfinger. The scenarists clearly exhausted themselves in their effort to make credible the return of the character played so vividly by tobin bell. Moviegoers are likely to feel equally tired after suffering through the movie convoluted twist ending. Its the sort that might have seemed awfully clever in brainstorming seassions but here mostly involves a character endlessly yammering on to make everything we are seen in the last 90 minutes vaguely explicable.