Being a fiend for horror, especially gore films means that I generally like a good scare and a tone of blood.

If an arm isn’t being ripped off, or an eyeball isn’t being squashed, I’m not interested. Putting it simply, I’m easy to please.

The first Saw film caught my eye 13 years ago on its first release. My sister rushed home to tell me all about this new film that had come out where a guy cuts off his own foot. Her explanation was poor, but little did I know that seeing the first Saw film opened up some sort of a bad habit or addiction.

Every year, on release day I saw the first session of every Saw sequel and prequel that built up this fantastic franchise the world is in love with. And every year the same feeling dawned upon me as soon as I left the cinema. Could this be it? Is that the ending to the franchise? Will there be more?

After Saw III in 2006 I thought the films have finally come to it conclusion. But after four more films I was still amazed every year when that trailer was released. Saw 3D (or seven), was a closure for me. Jill, Jigsaws wife, steps up to her deceased husbands reputation alongside with her trusted partner that shocked the audience (if you didn’t see Lawrence Gordon coming you’re not paying attention and you didn’t read into fan theories enough).

To be honest, when Jigsaw was promoted I had a lot of mixed emotions. Another one? “Really” I thought. But me being me, I couldn’t resist, and I had to go.

So what’s it about? The Jigsaw killer may be back. There’s murders happening around town, and victims are bearing the infamous mark of the puzzle piece. There’s only one issue, John Kramer is dead. Or is he? Ghost or major fan of his bloody work; someone is doing the deed of designing the games. But who is it?

From laser neck bombs, to spinning blades needing a touch of blood and a character who somewhat has a sadistic obsession with Jigsaws traps.

Laser Neck Bomb trap. Image: Bloody Disgusting

Just let that all sink in…

Now lets get serious. Jigsaw was bland. And that’s being nice.

Yes there’s everything every gore lover wants: blood, guts, screaming and a few jumps – but there was nothing that wowed me over. At the end of every trap all I was thinking about were the traps from previous films. Original, enticing and show-stopping.

We all remember the Death Mask and Needle Pit from Saw II. Or the Scalping Seat from Saw IV. Why after six days of seeing the newest installment to my most loved franchise did I have to Google the traps from the current film? That says something.

The film took too much inspiration of time jumping in scenes from major hits in its franchise. There’s a lot of similarities with this time jumping method to Saw II, Saw III and even Saw 3D (seven).

The whole matter of time jumping with characters throughout Jigsaw was not properly thought of. Back and forth we went. But after realising Lawrence Gordon’s role in the previous film of the franchise, jumping back 13 years gets a little confusing in this 2017 film.

Plus where is Dr. Gordon? I liked him.

If a viewer figures out who it is, or who did it within the first 30 minutes, it’s bound to be terrible.

My overall reaction to Jigsaw can be described as a total disappointment. Did I like Jigsaw? No. Do I still love the Saw franchise? Yes. Will I continue to watch any future films added to this franchise? Sure.

Screenwriters, Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg did a fantastic job incorporating John Kramer back into this highest grossing horror franchise. But I think their history of not writing previous films within the franchise is clearly evident. Maybe they need to just stick to films like Piranha 3D and Sorority Row.

If you’re a Saw fiend like myself I’d still say go and watch it. There’s no point twiddling your thumbs over missing it based on reviews you’re heard or read. But prepare yourself.

My only advice would be to try and not compare this to any of your much loved films within the franchise. Maybe this was the whole point of Jigsaw? Not to mention, they didn’t continue on the repeated “Saw” title.

There’s one thing to be certain about, and that is, “oh yes, there will be blood.”

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