Spiral Trailer Is Here. By Andres Guzman.
Whether or not you’re a fan of the Saw series, from 2004 to 2010, they held an iron fist over that Halloween release date. They also helped change the overall tone in horror films. Instead of the snarky slasher films, we were given films that were meaner and gorier. Which definitely has a place in most horror films, but for some, it became a bit of a problem. Not for me though, weirdly enough, the Saw franchise helped push me into horror. Something about diving headfirst in, it felt as if other films weren’t as scary.
The first film was directed by James Wan and written by Leigh Whannell, but after a super successful opening, Lionsgate immediately green-lit a sequel. Darren Lynn Bousman wrote a separate script for a film called The Desperate prior to 2004’s Saw. Some producers saw the script and thought after a bit of a re-write, it could become Saw II. Enter Whannell again who rewrote the script and helped continue the story of John Kramer (Tobin Bell). Bousman went on to direct Saw III and IV. Since then, he walked away from the franchise to work on his own films, including the very popular and divisive Repo: The Genetic Opera.
As the series began jumping the shark over and over again, there was an obvious dip in quality. A few years after the series seemed to wrap up, Josh Stolberg & Peter Goldfinger pitched and eventually made Jigsaw, which felt like a bit of a return to form. The two are now back alongside Darren Lynn Bousman for Spiral: From The Book of Saw (or just Spiral), this time, from a pitch and idea coming from Chris Rock.
In Spiral, it’s been many years since John Kramer’s death, and the city is no longer actively dealing with the death traps that Kramer and his apprentices would have set up. But because it’s been some time, we now have a copycat. Spiral definitely feels inspired both stylistically, and plot-wise from Seven (or Se7en). Between the warm colours that make everyone look like they’re sweating, to the procedural elements that have Detective Ezekiel Banks (Rock) trying to track down the killer with his rookie partner Detective William Schenk (Max Minghella).
I’ve been looking forward to Spiral since I first heard about it. Knowing that they filmed it in my city (Toronto) is a nice treat. Weirdly, I’m always here for more of these types of horror films. Bloody, silly and a lot of thinking into their traps.
Did this trailer excite you, or are you planning to avoid this one?
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