Steve Wilkie
Gregory Kirschling
October 24, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Saw V

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
92 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/24/08
performer
Costas Mandylor, Tobin Bell
director
David Hackl
distributor
Lions Gate Films
author
Marcus Dunstan, Patrick Melton
genre
Horror

We gave it a C-

Saw V is dead on the table. The franchise, a gross-but-intermittently-clever blechfest that went totally splat about midway through Saw III, now just piles on the graphic torture sequences, but by now every twist of the stomach and the plot feels telegrammed. Even though he ”died” two movies ago, Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) returns, as the saga’s storyline snakes around itself in ever more laughable circles, just to keep generating sequels. Meanwhile, the production values have become so horror-movie shoddy that Saw V has more in common with kitsch like Friday the 13th Part V than the original Saw. C?

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