Who's in It:
Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Angus Macfadyen, Bahar Soomekh, Dina Meyer
The Basics: Abandoning for good the idea of making the series frightening, the makers have decided that torture alone will make audiences happy. And they're right. The brutal machine-assisted murders are equal to and sometimes even nastier than the killings that occur in the first two movies. So enjoy yourselves, gore-o-philes.
What's the Deal? This time around, the rules of the first two films get tossed out the window. That's not a spoiler. They demonstrate the subversion of Jigsaw's "integrity" right off the bat. And, just like in the first two films, there's a nasty kick of an ending begging for a fourth installment. My only question is how Jigsaw's assistant, Amanda (Smith), got her engineering degree fast enough that she could design all these complicated murder devices.
Scariness Scale: Zero out of 10. In the first film, there was an uncertainty, a sense of mystery about who was doing the killings and why. They can never recapture that, and eventually they'll hit the wall of hard, blood-and-gutssoaked, R-rated mayhem and be forced to call it quits, or else descend into A Nightmare on Elm Street comedy.
Grossest Moment: It involves liquefied pig remains. That's as much of a spoiler as you're going to get out of me.
Music for Torture:
Dear Music Supervisor, whoever you are,
Why are you so soft? Are the guys in nü-metal band All That Remains your buddies? Is that why they're the end-credits music? I am requesting that from now on some seriously brutal bands be used in horror films. Bands like Wolf Eyes or Sunn 0))). This Marilyn Manson stuff is for Hot Topic kids.