I’m the first to admit that I don’t particularly care for the Saw franchise. I understand why the films appeal to so many people, but I personally feel as though the sequels are of inferior quality in comparison to the solid first installment from James Wan. For the first time in the series, however, I find myself immensely excited for a sequel, due in large part to the brilliant crew that’s been assembled.
Jigsaw, the franchise’s eighth installment, is set to be released on October 27th. Though it premieres on the same day as Netflix’s Stranger Things, it’s poised to rake in the cash due to its closeness to Halloween, and the extended series hiatus that it follows. The marketing for the film has emphasized a fun tone so far (unsurprising if you are familiar with screenwriter Josh Stolberg’s completely underrated filmography), and if you’ve seen any of the trailers, you’ve likely noticed that the film appears to have been ambitiously directed, which is something we haven’t really seen since 2004.
I guarantee you that ambition will be present throughout the entirety of the film.
Jigsaw was directed by Michael and Peter Spierig, known simply as The Spierig Brothers, and though you might not know them by name, believe me when I say that they’re top-shelf filmmakers. The twins are most commonly known for their 2010 hit Daybreakers, which was released during the vampire craze of the early decade. That film, due to the unique script and dazzling visual style, successfully stood out during a time in which many similarly themed movies were forgotten. I’m a big fan of Daybreakers, but it’s their largely unknown next film, Predestination, that has forced my excitement into overdrive.
If you want to feel as confident in the quality of an eighth Saw film as I do, I suggest you check out Predestination right now. Don’t even finish the last few sentences of this article, just go do it. You’ll thank me later. Starring Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook, the film is a mind-bending science fiction masterpiece that carries an uncommon intelligence without once sacrificing its heart. Stylistically stunning and more ambitious than perhaps any film I’ve ever seen, Predestination will erase any doubts you may have about Jigsaw.
Trust me, the franchise is in great hands.