Imagine a low, gravelly voice asking you, “Would you like to play a game?” This game has twisted rules, you never know who’s a player and who’s the game master, and usually the only way to live is for another player to die. Despite the inviting question, you don’t have a choice – you will play. This is why “Saw” is the scariest movie ever.
Adam and Dr. Gordon wake up chained in a room with a dead body. They are told that the only way one of them can leave is to kill the other, and they are being watched. It’s soon revealed that the two are connected – Adam has been spying on Dr. Gordon for a client. The two team together to try to outsmart the killer, but then the killer pulls out all the stops: he has Dr. Gordon’s family and he’ll kill them unless he kills Adam. Meanwhile, the police are investigating the Jigsaw murders that they think Dr. Gordon is behind. Detective Tapp is particularly determined to take Dr. Gordon down, as Jigsaw killed his partner. Throughout the movie, the audience witnesses horrors that Jigsaw has put previous victims through, and all the while tries to figure out who the killer is. It’s an impossible undertaking as “Saw” likes to mess with your head.
The most disturbing fact about “Saw” is that Jigsaw doesn’t actually kill anyone. Sure, he’s the one who put them in the traps, but he tells them exactly how to get out of it. The fact that the victims die fall on the victims themselves. Jigsaw’s motive for doing this? Apparently, it’s some sick moral message about not throwing your life away. The fact that a horror movie has a moral message is only more disturbing. It’s as if the filmmakers were saying, “It’s okay, these people deserve this on some level. It’ll do them good,” as you watch the horrors unfold on screen. During the movie we learn that there’s only one survivor, Amanda. Jigsaw put a reverse bear trap on her mouth and put the key in the stomach of a man she had to cut open if she wanted to live. Despite the horrors she went through, she tells investigators that Jigsaw saved her life. This makes Amanda very creepy, even if you know nothing of the sequels.
Every time you think you’ve figured out who the killer is in “Saw”, it turns out that it’s just another player. The first time you see the killer revealed, it is shocking and nobody sees it coming. You’re kind of glad they show you how this reveal makes any sense at all, but there was still no way to have predicted it. The ending of the movie is totally unfair, but then again, who expects a horror movie to have a happy ending? It’s like trying to solve a mystery movie, except everybody’s going to die in horrific ways. The movie is making a generation afraid to hear the words, “Would you like to play a game?” This is why “Saw” is the scariest movie ever.