Saw IV The reports of torture porn's demise may have been greatly exaggerated, but this fourth entry in the mutilate-yourself-or-die series joins what may be the worst… Saw IV The reports of torture porn's demise may have been greatly exaggerated, but this fourth entry in the mutilate-yourself-or-die series joins what may be the worst… 2007-10-26 R PT95M Horror Costas Mandylor Tobin Bell Angus MacFadyen Lions Gate Films
Movie Review

Saw IV (2007)

MPAA Rating: R
Saw IV | CAUGHT IN A TRAP Saw IV succumbs to the dreaded ''how I became a serial killer backstory'' gambit
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CAUGHT IN A TRAP Saw IV succumbs to the dreaded ''how I became a serial killer backstory'' gambit
EW's GRADE
D+

Details Release Date: Oct 26, 2007; Rated: R; Length: 95 Minutes; Genre: Horror; With: Costas Mandylor and Tobin Bell; Distributor: Lions Gate Films

The reports of torture porn's demise may have been greatly exaggerated, but this fourth entry in the mutilate-yourself-or-die series joins what may be the worst genre of the decade: the lamely ''sympathetic'' serial-killer backstory. The man behind Jigsaw, embodied by dour Tobin Bell, is dead, but there are flashbacks to how he became a psycho, and he haunts Saw IV with taped messages. He now imparts so many life lessons via his Rube Goldberg thresher devices that he's starting to turn into the Rod Serling of severed body parts. Now that's torture. D+

Originally posted Oct 31, 2007 Published in issue #963 Nov 09, 2007 Order article reprints
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