Saw X, the tenth installment of the Saw franchise, which began in 2004, is considered by international publications to be the ‘most impactful’ part of the series so far.
For fans of the Saw franchise who have been craving some gruesome thrills, a new installment has now hit screens worldwide. Most international publications have claimed it to be a gift for loyal fans, with some calling it the ‘most effective’ entry in the chilling series, while others have criticized it for being excessive.
The Franchise’s Finest
A positive review in Digital Spy says, “While the Saw series had rapidly expanded with its web of traps, Saw X brings it back to the low-fi thrills of the first two films. The large-scale traps of later sequels might have upped the gore factor, but they diminished the impact.”
The review also claims that Saw X will not only appeal to loyal fans but also attract new audiences. It states, “Saw X can still provide the kind of excitement you expect from Saw outing while trying something new, and not just the same-old. It likely injects fresh blood into the franchise.”
Another review in The Hollywood Reporter issues a friendly warning that Saw X is only for those who can stomach Jigsaw’s signature gore. It notes, “This is the kind of horror film where a character uses someone’s intestines as a command, which is entirely appropriate for the curriculum.”
It also celebrates Tobin Bell’s return as the menacing character Jigsaw, stating, “Without Bell, none of these would work as well; his raspy voice and menacing gravitas make Jigsaw’s repeatedly echoed declaration ‘I want to play a game’ all the more chilling.”
Excessively Graphic ‘Saw X’
Variety’s review offers more of a caution than an endorsement. It mentions, “Tobin Bell, with his pitiable intelligence, is also an attraction, but Saw X raises the question of how much is too much when it comes to John Kramer’s bone-crushing.”
Saw X, directed by Kevin Greutert and written by Peter Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg, is a direct sequel to the first Saw installment released in 2004 and a prequel to Saw II (2005).