Saw 3D review articles are just coming in today. As expected, the Saw 3D review scores are not too high, in spite of the new gimmicks and traps. This is supposedly the final film of the franchise, which could make some critics more relieved and forgiving. What’s more, the series is ending by cashing into the 3D trend, to make us part of Jigsaw’s games. Of course, Jigsaw actually died four movies ago, yet they found a way to go into Part 7 anyway. Judging by the Saw 3D review count, few are much more eager for a Part 8.
The games of the late John Kramer have been carrying on for years, furthered by an apprentice or two. Now the promos hint that this is the final series of traps, and that all of Jigsaw’s work has been leading to this. What’s more, one of his very first victims is coming back to help close things out.
Naturally, Saw 3D review scores did not start coming in until last night, since it wasn’t screened in advance. Last week, a horror sequel came out that defied low expectations, and got respectable ratings to go along with a box office win. But while Paranormal Activity is just starting its franchise, this long running series may have run its course years ago for many.
Rotten Tomatoes has 14 reviews in so far, with only two of them positive. The average rating is 2.9 out of 10, and may not get too higher before the day ends. At this point, the movie is just trying not to be the lowest rated in the franchise – a title held by Saw V.
In truth, the ratings went up a little bit with Saw VI, which got up to 42 percent positive. It was only the second movie in the franchise to get over 40 percent, after the original. However, the Saw 3D review ratings aren’t likely to reach those heights.
Now that Paranormal Activity has taken over October two years in a row, this franchise may finally be ready to join Jigsaw in death. This week’s box office numbers will be telling, as the movie tries to knock Paranormal Activity 2 from its scary perch.
The 3D format helped Jackass return to power two weeks ago, even though that series was thought to be past its prime. However, the Saw 3D review articles signal that a new dimension doesn’t help these booby traps come to life. Horror movies haven’t really benefited from 3D thus far, although this film’s established brand could balance it out.
Do Jigsaw and the “torture porn” genre have a few more breaths left, or are these really the final games? No matter how bad Saw 3D reviews get today, the box office numbers will help judge if Jigsaw should be resurrected one last time next year.
Rotten Tomatoes- “Saw 3D”
Entertainment Weekly- “Box office preview: Can Saw 3D silence Paranormal Activity 2?”