Exclusive Clip: Eli Roth Riffs on SAW and the Birth of “Torture Porn”

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Notorious filmmaker talks about the SAW films and their influence.

Yes, that’s right. You read that correctly.

Eli Roth, one of the most relevant and influential pioneers of contemporary cinematic cruelty and wanton, R-rating stretching carnage, firmly believes his legacy is tied to that of James Wan’s original 2004 film SAW and the lucrative franchise it spawned. Which, on the base level that Roth’s HOSTEL films, THE GREEN INFERNO and even his latest, KNOCK KNOCK all deal with inflicting painful torment and grim death upon victims both deserving and otherwise, is a no-brainer. It was because of SAW and HOSTEL that the buzz term “torture porn” was born.

But SHOCK just got our claws on an exclusive clip in which Roth explicitly illustrates the co-dependence between the revered SAW series and his own own work, with franchise co-writer Marcus Dunstan stepping in take the conversation into even more interesting territory.

Have a look….

The clip is culled from the new feature-length documentary GAME CHANGER: THE LEGACY OF SAW, a 77 minute examination into the influence of the lamented series that, over the span of 7 films, told the epic tale of deceased serial killer Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) and his master plan to ensnare the morally corrupt (or at least those he deemed to be morally corrupt) in a series of Rube Goldberg-esque death traps and rip them to pieces while Charlie Clouser‘s manic electro music throbs in the background.

The doc will be released as a supplemental feature of iTunes Digital’s upcoming release of SAW: UNRATED and SAW: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, both available now on iTunes.

From the press release:

GAME CHANGER: THE LEGACY OF SAW digs into the guts of the successful franchise with all-new interviews with creators James Wan (director of Furious 7) and Leigh Whannell (writer of the Insidious franchise); plus original cast members Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith and Cary Elwes; and producers of the Saw franchise, Mark Burg and Oren Koules. Learn about the inspiration for the film from the creators of Saw; get a closer look at the infamous reverse bear trap mask with Shawnee Smith; hear from directors Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV), David Hackl (Saw V) and Kevin Greutert (Saw IV, Saw 3D: The Final Chapter); and see Eli Roth’s (Hostel) take on the “torture porn” genre. In the famous words of Jigsaw, it is time to “make your choice.” Watch or don’t watch. Choose wisely.

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