The Writers of Saw V (Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton)

The most successful horror franchise of all time is slicing its way into theaters again this year on October 24th, because if its not Saw, then its not Halloween. Though technically Halloween is the 31st. This year’s Con panel included the writers, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, director David Hackl, and members of the cast, notably the man himself Tobin Bell, new member Julie Benz, and repeat customers Scott Patterson and Costas Mandylor.

They promised that in this installment of the popular franchise we would find more inventive traps and delver deeper into Jigsaw’s psyche while exploring the “aggressive puzzle within itself.”  The Saw franchise, according to those present, still continues to move along simply because there is more story to be told (and presumably money to be made).  In keeping the stories tightly connected, the cast and crew behind the franchise has remained fairly consistent – assistant directors, editors, directors of photography and other crew members have come back for each installment, helping to keep that Saw style.  On the new guy side of things, the writers of the fun flick Feast have written the latest installment, as Patrick Melton puts it, to “kick your ass back in the seat and turn you white.”  Nice.

Another consistent element to the Saw franchise is premiering some footage at Comic-Con.  This year, they revealed the Teaser trailer, which you can see below.  Actor Scott Patterson is the guy with his head in the box and described the filming of the scene as making him feel legitimately terrified to the point of hyperventilating.  He went on to say he had never been that scared before and described the whole thing as scary and “fucked up.”  Newcomer to the series Julie Benz also described the experience as terrifying and confessed to having nightmares on the set.  Everyone seemed to agree that Saw V is going to knock the collective audiences’ socks off.  I’m excited to see what surprises they’re packing.

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Another clip revealed showed a so-so trap where a man was chained down to a metal tab while a bladed pendulum slowly descended upon him.  To escape the trap he would have to destroy his hands, the instruments which he had used to take the life of another.  While the tattooed man may have evaded justice in sentencing due to a technicality, there is no getting away from Jigsaw, who’s cause is described as “righteous.”  Survive his test, and the gift is life.  These scenes seemed to keep everything close to the chest as what we saw was literally teasing – no real payoff shots.  The clip shown did have some crushed hands, popping sounds and blood, but not to the levels we know and love.

The Poster for Saw V

Saw V hits theaters later this year because if it’s not Saw, then it’s not Halloween.

Does the Saw franchise still excite you?

Stay tuned all this week as we bring you coverage from Comic-Con International. Not only will we be roaming the floor in search of love, but we will have the latest news Live from Hall H, great interviews with some of Hollywood’s hottest stars and random convention shenanigans, courtesy of our Comic-Con Attack Squad! To keep tabs on all of the happenings, just head over to our Comic-Con 2008 Homepage.


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