Saw is a horror franchise distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment that consists of seven movies and two video games.
The movie franchise started with the 2003 short movie which was created by Australian director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell to pitch as a potential feature film. In 2004, a first feature film was released at the Sundance Film Festival. The following sequels were directed by directors Darren Lynn Bousman, David Hackl and Kevin Greutert and were written by Wan, Whannell, Bousman, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, and have been released subsequently ever October, on the Friday before Halloween. The movies grossed over $848 million at the box office worldwide.
The series resolves around the fictional character named John Kramer, also called the "Jigsaw Killer" or even simply as "Jigsaw". Rather than directly murdering his victims, the serial killer builds various symbolic death traps for them and arranges what he calls "tests" or "games" in order to test their will to live through physical or psychological torture, or even both in some cases. Jigsaw's life ended in the third installment however the movies continued to focus on the posthumous effects of Jigsaw and his apprentices by exploring his character via flashbacks.
- Saw Short Film (2003)
- Saw (2004)
- Saw II (2005)
- Saw III (2006)
- Saw IV (2007)
- Saw V (2008)
- Saw VI (2009)
- Saw 3D: The Final Chapter (2010)
- Jigsaw (2017)