The Saw saga was one of the most prolific horror movie franchises of the new century. And it all started with that 9 minutes short film directed by James Wan and written by Leigh Whannell, which he also starred, Saw (2003), that changed the world. One year after they debuted in a feature film with its long version, Saw (2004), again starring Whannell together with Cary Elwes and Danny Glover. And the rest is already history. Until Saw: The Final Chapter (2010), the 7th entry of the franchise, we got a new Saw movie every year. Now, the frequency has slowed down, and after the last title to date Jigsaw (2017), it was the time to reboot the saga. So here comes Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021).
Working in the shadow of his father, an esteemed police veteran, brash Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks and his rookie partner take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer’s morbid game.
Darren Lynn Bousman, which has been behind some of the titles in the saga having directed the films Saw II (2005), Saw III (2006), and Saw IV (2007), as well as other popular horror movies like Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008), Mother’s Day (2010), 11-11-11 (2011), The Devil’s Carnival (2012), Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival (2016), Abattoir (2016), and St. Agatha (2018), is back to the franchise to direct this new film. The screenplay based on his story has been written by Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg, also knowers of the Saw universe after writing the script for Jigsaw (2017), as well as other titles like Sorority Row (2009) or Piranha 3D (2010).
Comedian Chris Rock stars in the film, in a kind of role we can very very rarely see him performing. Next to him, the incombustible Samuel L. Jackson adds a new blockbuster saga in his collection after having stepped into the universes of Marvel, Star Wars, and many other essential films. Marisol Nichols, Max Minghella, Zoie Palmer, Dan Petronijevic, Nazneen Contractor, Morgan David Jones, Edie Inksetter, K.C. Collins, and Ali Johnson complete the main cast.
Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) is Rated R for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, pervasive language, some sexual references, and brief drug use. It is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 14, 2021, by Lionsgate. A first TV spot was released yesterday and you can watch it here.
Also, watch here the official trailer for Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021).
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