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  • This is the first "Saw" film to be released more than a year after the previous film.
  • Even though Saw 3D: The Final Chapter (2010) was originally intended to be the final film of the series, in 2012, the studio, Lionsgate, had expressed interest in continuing the "Saw" films, even contemplating doing a reboot for some time. Then, in 2016, the development for Jigsaw (2017) was officially confirmed.
  • This is the first "Saw" film with two directors.
  • Jigsaw (2017) was shot in Toronto, Ontario in 2016. It started filming on September 26, the birthday of Gustavo Goulart, who was originally accepted for a leading role in the film but was soon replaced, because his work visa would not be issued in time. However, Goulart released his audition on YouTube as a short film called Walking After You (2016).
  • It is unknown as to whether this film will actually be titled "Saw: Legacy". "Legacy" is being used as a code name for this film, sparking rumours that it will be titled "Saw: Legacy", however it may have just been called that to keep the film a secret.
  • A soft reference to Jigsaw (2017) was shown in the film Insidious (2010). It was a drawing of the clown puppet on a chalkboard with the number "8" beneath it.
  • The script was finished in February 2016.
  • The first Saw Sequel which doesn't have a number in the title.
  • This is the first film in the whole franchise to be filmed in anamorphic, especially in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The previous titles, including Saw 3D: The Final Chapter (2010), were all filmed in spherical/non-anamorphic.
  • This story starts right after the events of Saw 3D: The Final Chapter (2010).
  • Previously called "Saw: Legacy," the title changed to Jigsaw (2017), making it the first film to have Tobin Bell's character's name displayed in the title.
  • This was originally called "Saw: Legacy" But they had to change it to "Jigsaw".
  • Takes place over 10 years after the events of Saw III (2006), the movie that features the death of Jigsaw.
  • This is the second film in the series to be digitally filmed. The first was Saw 3D: The Final Chapter (2010).
  • Assuming good box office results for this installment, a sequel was already being written for the movie, months ahead of its release. Set for a Halloween 2018 release, this sequel was being written with the unofficial title "Jigsaw Lives".
  • The film was originally classified R18+ by the Australian Office of Film and Literature Classification, with ratings advice of "high impact horror violence." The distributor, Studio Canal, decided to appeal this rating to the Classification Review Board. On October 20, 2017, the Review Board overturned the R18+ rating and lowered it to MA15+ with advice of "strong themes and strong horror violence." Films classified MA15+ require a person under that age to be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. In the Review Board's opinion, the themes and violence in the film overall was only strong in impact, not high, and therefore it did not warrant a more restrictive rating.
  • This is the first film in the series since the first one that does not feature an opening death trap.
  • Tobin Bell is the only cast member to appear in all eight films.
  • Jigsaw is said to have been dead for over a decade. This film was released on October 27, 2017. Jigsaw was killed in Saw III (2006) and that film premiered on October 27, 2006. Therefore, he has been dead for exactly eleven years.
  • "The Spiralizer" is based on the classic countertop spiralizer vegetable cutter.
  • The red helix coils of "The Spiralizer" are patterned after the red cheek swirls of Billy The Puppet.
  • Each of the primary cast members including Jigsaw himself (Tobin Bell) appeared in promotional material donning the classic paint of John Kramer/Jigsaw's puppet.
  • The film was specifically written as a way to minimize on the torturous and extreme violence of the previous series installments, instead opting for in place of claustrophobia for gloss and style and for more enjoyable gore and elaborate trap death sequences.
  • Competed against fellow horror film Happy Death Day (2017) at the box office. The Blumhouse production achieved a significantly more positive reception and grossed more money than Jigsaw (2017).
  • Tobin Bell expressed after the success of the film that future films featuring John Kramer and him appearing alongside other slasher horror icons was not an interest of his for the character.
  • Upon the film's success, Twisted Pictures greenlit a following ninth and tenth installment of the horror franchise.
  • The film is set tentatively between present day 2017 and 2003.
  • The replicated Jigsaw traps in Eleanor Bonneville's art studio are as follows: The Angel trap that killed Allison Kerry in "Saw III", The Razor Box that killed Addison Cordday intended for Gus Colyard in "Saw II", The Magnum Eye Hols that killed Gus Colyard in "Saw II", The Water Box in "Saw V", and the undiscovered Cycle Trap that killed Mitch in this film.
  • For the first time since Saw II (2005), Tobin Bell is last-billed.
  • Both the DVD and Blu-ray list three special features on their back covers: "I Speak for the Dead: The Legacy of Jigsaw (seven-part documentary)", "The Choice is Yours: Exploring the Props", and an audio commentary. However, "I Speak For the Dead: The Legacy of Jigsaw (seven-part documentary)" is not included on the DVD itself, it is only on the Blu-ray.
  • Mitch is the only one of the five test subjects with their own distinctive trap.
  • Ryan is the first character in the franchise to have a younger actor play him as well as an older actor.
  • "Lee James" was the first name the writers gave Logan as a nod to "Saw" creators Leigh Whannell and James Wan. However, it was dropped in favor of Logan. Later on in the writing process they wrote in "Lee James" as a creepy red herring guy at the morgue, but the role was cut.
  • Billy Parrott played a "Male Nurse" in "Saw III" (2006) and plays a "Beat Cop" in "Jigsaw" (2017).
  • This is the first film in the "Saw" franchise to be filmed in the 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio.
  • Amanda Lepore and Shaun Ross appear in posters.
  • This is the third time in the "Saw" film series, following "Saw II" (2005) and "Saw V" (2008), to feature the main test subjects progressing through a series of traps.
  • "The Bucket Head Trap" in the "Tuck's Pig Farm" game pays homage to the first of the Fatal Five tests from "Saw V" (2008), with the group of players facing death on a mounted wall weapon, if unable to escape their neck restraints.
  • Billy The Puppet appears in an alternative form in the film, bearing neon eyes that are a more polished porcelain visage, as opposed to the first seven installments' industry-worn doll.
  • The "Tuck's Pig Farm" game is a pig farm own by Jill Tuck, as confirmed by coroner Eleanor Bonneville.
  • This is the first entry of the franchise in which Jigsaw's video is played on a flat screen; all other installments featuring the instructional video on various late-1990's televisions.
  • This is the second "Saw" sequel to not open with a trap - the first sequel to do this was "Saw IV" (2007); that film opened with Jigsaw's autopsy instead of a trap.
  • This is the first "Saw" film to feature a laser-related trap.
  • "The Spiralizer" is the only one of Eleanor Bonneville's recreated Jigsaw traps in her art studio that is both an undiscovered design (not known by the police) and a trap of this film.
  • "The Grain Silo Trap" pays homage to the "Saw III" (2006) "Pig Vat", where Jeff Denlon, like Ryan, had to make a sacrificial decision to save someone from drowning.
  • Ryan's voluntary leg amputation by the wire cables beneath the barn platform floorboards pays reference to the first film's infamous leg hacksaw scene with Dr. Gordon, who had to relinquish his leg, like Ryan voluntarily to escape confinement.
  • Eleanor's last name Bonneville is also the title of a motorcycle, which is similar in design to the motorcycle in Mitch's trap.
  • Anna's deceased husband shares his first name with Logan Nelson's actor's first name: Matt.
  • An "X" marks the spot for the clue is present in the 2003 Sinners' Trial Game being visible on the farm equipment in the third stage area: which features the booby trapped false exit and Mitch's motorcycle trap.
  • Detective Keith Hunt pays homage to previous "Saw" series protagonist Daniel Rigg, a SWAT officer who eventually died in his own game of redemption. Detective Hunt also bears similarities to Detective David Tapp (from "Saw") who became obsessed with Jigsaw after the death of his partner.
  • It is revealed that Edgar Munsen had Aujeszky's Disease, which Eleanor Bonneville confirms is a disease found mostly in pigs, and uses that lead to direct them to the Tuck Pig Farm. It is usually called pseudo-rabies in the United States and is a viral disease in swine that has been endemic in most parts of the world. It is caused by Suid herpesvirus 1.
  • Tools used in later Jigsaw games from "Saw II" (2005), "Saw IV" (2007), "Saw V" (2008), and "Saw 3D" (2010) are shown in bulk supply at the "Tuck's Pig Farm", particularly in "The Grain Silo Trap" falling down upon Anna and Mitch: syringes of the same variety used for the Nerve Gas House needle pit in "Saw II" and circular saws akin to the Saw Table of "Saw V".
  • "The Spiralizer" was an initial concept conceived by writer/director Darren Lynn Bousman (he planned to use the trap for Judge Halden's trap in "Saw III").
  • A percussion cover of "Hello Zepp" appears as Edgar hits the trigger at the beginning.
  • "The Spiralizer" bears similarities to "The Horsepower Trap" from "Saw 3D": both traps have an emergency break which stops the trap and both traps run on the power of a vehicle.
  • Hannah Emily Anderson and Brittany Allen would go on to star in respective main roles alongside one another in the horror film "What Keeps You Alive" (2018).
  • Clé Bennett first major horror film role, following his role as an unnamed character in the 1998 horror film "Urban Legend".
  • The John Kramer fan site to which Eleanor Bonneville is a frequent visitor is entitled "Jigsaw Rules".
  • Writers Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg had intended to open up the world of the franchise, expanding from compact, industrial space locations to large extensive areas, evident with the 2003 "Tuck's Pig Farm" game and the "present day (2017) plot", taking place throughout the metropolitan area, before returning to the countryside where "Tuck's Pig Farm" resides.
  • The most impatient player of "Tuck's Pig Farm" game was Ryan, since he would not listen to Carly when she would not choose a needle to save her and the others from hanging. Ryan, out of frustration, stabbed Carly with all three needles, one of which contained acid. This saved everyone from being hung but also resulted in Carly's death.
  • Both "Jigsaw" (2017) and "Halloween" (2018) feature an actor that is the son of parents that are both actors: Mandela Van Peebles, from "Jigsaw" (2017), who is the son of Mario Van Peebles and Lisa Vitello, and Miles Robbins, from "Halloween" (2018), who is the son of Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon.
  • Laura Vandervoort of "Jigsaw" (2017) and Virginia Gardner of "Halloween" (2018) had previously featured as main stars on opposite comic heroes TV series: Vandervoort as Supergirl/Kara-El in DC's "Smallville" and Gardner as Karolina Dean in Marvel's "Runaways".
  • The concept of working together, to ensure survival is a throwback to "Saw V" (2008), where if the fatal five test subjects were to assist one another, they all would of successfully survived their overall game.
  • Writers Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg had previously written the thriller film "Sorority Row" (2009) and the horror film "Piranha 3D" (2010).
  • Directors Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig had explored the detailed mechanics of engineering and machinery in two prior films that they made, which are "Daybreakers" (2009) and "Predestination" (2014).
  • Directors Peter Speirig and Michael Sperig are Australian.
  • The next film released by Directors Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig was "Winchester" (2018), which concerns the most famous American haunted house in modern history.
  • "The Chain Hangers" which the "Tuck's Pig Farm" game displays in 2003, bears similarity to Cale's "Hear No Evil" trap in "Saw 3D" (2010). Although the participants are not deprived of their eyesight, they are (like Cale) hoisted by a chain attached to their necks that will result in being hung if they do not complete the requirement for the game in time. The 2017 re-creation seems to in crime scene inspection by Logan, Halloran, and Eleanor has the same test but is not conclusively shown.
  • The first Saw installment in the series, to not open with any trap.
  • The fourth "Saw" film not to open with a death: The other three "Saw" films to do this are "Saw" (2004), "Saw IV" (2007), and "Saw 3D" (2010).
  • The Blood Drive Promotional Poster nurses for "Jigsaw" (2017) are all pillars and representatives in the LGBTQIA community: Susanne Barstch a ball planner and club promoter, film critic/interviewer Grae Drake, fitness guru Dan Rockwell, models Nyakim Gatwech, Mosh, and Shaun Dross, as well as make-up artist Mykie, and plastic surgery/transgender icon Amanda LePore.
  • As part of a traditional blood drive, each person that would donate blood at specific locations during specific times would receive a free movie ticket to see "Jigsaw" (2017). This started on October 10, 2017 and ran until October 25, 2017.
  • The tagline for the film "Make America Bleed Again", derives from the motto instilled by the president of the United States: Donald Trump, who inserted the mantra in his electoral speech: "Make America Great Again".
  • Jigsaw's philosophy in the film, centrally around the set up recordings for 2003 "Tuck's Pig Farm" game allude to the bible, including such prominent verses as "The Truth Will Set You Free". Among other biblical references in the film, there is the character Officer Solomon, a reference to a biblical king that was famous for his wisdom.

Spoilers

  • For the 2nd time, the movie features a female killer. The 1st time that it happened was in Saw III (2006), with the character named Amanda Young.
  • Despite his character being dead since Saw III (2006), Tobin Bell reprises his role as Jigsaw (John Kramer).
  • This is the first Saw movie that doesn't include everyone in the cast list to fully surprise the audience with previous characters such as Detective Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) and Officer Rigg (Lyriq Bent).
  • Logan shares similarities with John Kramer and his fellow apprentices. Like John, Amanda Young, Detective Mark Hoffman, and Dr. Lawrence Gordon, he was a part of the main trap. John pretended to be a dead body in the bathroom (Saw (2004)), Amanda survived the Reverse Bear Trap (Saw (2004)) and was in the house with the participants pretending to be playing (Saw II (2005)), Detective Hoffman pretended to be a hostage during Officer Rigg's game (Saw IV (2007)), and Dr. Gordon was one of the two participants in the bathroom (Saw (2004)).
  • This is the first sequel in the "Saw" series to not feature footage from the previous films.
  • This is the second film in the "Saw" franchise to not have someone say "Game Over" at the end. The first being Saw V (2008).
  • The scene in Eleanor's studio features several past traps from previous "Saw" films, including "The Angel", "The Water Cube", and "The Reverse Bear Trap". In addition to this, the closing sequence also shows Logan helping John build "The Reverse Bear Trap" in a flashback.
  • This is the second Saw film, and first since Saw V, that doesn't end with one character telling another "Game Over".
  • There are hints that the "Tuck's Pig Farm" game doesn't take place at the same time as the rest of the film. For example, none of the victims ever acknowledge that they are in a Jigsaw trap. Previous victims of "group" traps were aware of who Jigsaw was. Also, when Anna and Ryan are confronted by John Kramer, neither of them make reference to the fact that he is supposed to be dead.
  • With the exception of Jill Tuck, none of the supporting characters from the previous films are featured or mentioned.
  • Body Count: 14.
  • This film, even though not a prequel, tells the story of how John Kramer (aka Jigsaw) started his traps and chose victims.
  • Logan is the first villain in the "Saw" series to not say "Game Over" after they are revealed to be a part of Jigsaw's operation.
  • The person who stabs Detective Halloran with a needle towards the end is never revealed in the film, thus the accomplice is unknown. It could be assumed that it was Logan, however it is possible that there is another unknown accomplice.
  • Only three of the five "Tuck's Pig Farm" test subjects bear any connection to John Kramer/Jigsaw: They are Anna, who was John and ex-wife Jill's neighbor; Mitch, the dealer of John's deceased nephew's motorcycle; and Logan, the medical practitioner who wrongly labelled John's tumor diagnosis x-ray.
  • Anna, Ryan, Mitch, Carly, and Logan prominently feature as the first overall test subjects of John Kramer/Jigsaw, following the first victim Cecil Adams.
  • All five of the original test subjects of the "Tuck's Pig Farm" game in 2003 had indirectly or directly caused the death of another.
  • Other than the "Reverse Bear Trap", the traps in both the 2003 "Tuck's Pig Farm" game and its 2017 re-creation are the only reused traps of the entire franchise.
  • John Kramer's selection of the five test subjects stems from protagonist final girl Anna, who in turn is responsible for the death of her infant; John relates her to the only previous test subject Cecil Adams, who in turn was responsible for the death of his unborn child Gideon Kramer.
  • The film is set tentatively between 2017 and 2003.
  • The 2017 re-creation game, featuring Halloran's criminals, only consists of three test subjects as opposed to the 2003 original game which had five. The 2017 game had three, which were a re-creation of 2003 test subjects Carly, Mitch, and Logan.
  • In the "Chain Hangers" portion of the "Tuck's Pig Farm" game, the syringe containing the antidote to Carly's poison is in fact the needle bearing the combination for the total of money she stole from the asthmatic victim.
  • Logan Nelson, like later Jigsaw apprentice Detective Mark Hoffman, is motivated by the murder of a loved one: Mark being his sister Angelina and Logan's being his wife.
  • Logan Nelson, like later Jigsaw apprentice Mark Hoffman, would exact his revenge via unmerciful murder on the killer of his loved one. Hoffman having previously done this with his sister's killer Seth Baxter in a rigged Jigsaw-inspired trap, and Logan by slitting Edgar Munsen's (his wife's killer) throat.
  • The means for Mitch to survive "The Spiralizer" is to remain completely still until in reach of the emergency brake which, while using one hand, he would receive a minor injury in order to activate and stop the motorcycle that is powering the helix blender machine he is being lowered into. Logan's use of the trap for the Mitch-Look-A-Like victim of 2017, however, like the rest of the game and Halloran's laser collar is rigged to result in death.
  • Excluding Dr. Lawrence Gordon (and the two unknown apprentices at the conclusion of "Saw 3D"), all of Jigsaw's other apprentices have failed to continue his legacy under his instruction and philosophy, with Logan Nelson, Amanda Young. and Detective Mark Hoffman instead opting to rig traps and murder for personal gain.
  • The end twist of Anna, Ryan, Mitch, Carly, and Logan's Game being of the past and not the present pays homage to the end revelation of "Saw II" (2005), when the "Nerve Gas House Game", which included test subjects such as Detective Eric Matthews' son Daniel and Jigsaw's apprentice Amanda Young. In the end of "Saw II", it is revealed that the events of the "Nerve Gas House" occurred before Detective Matthews met with Jigsaw, and that the events were being played back as a recording to Detective Matthews and his comrades - they were not coming from a live video feed like he believed.
  • Edgar Munsen and the three 2017 game re-creation subjects are the Jigsaw-flesh-pieces discovered in Halloran's freezer by Detective Keith Hunt.
  • Anna remains the only test subject of the "Tuck's Pig Farm" game to not accept responsibility for her sin. Her homicide and framing of her husband, leading to his eventual suicide correlates with the mental illness of Responsibility Deficit Disorder which in turn can be related to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Chronologically, the "Tuck's Pig Farm" game marks the first game location following Ryan, Brad, and Dina's "Public Execution Trap" to utilize open space, with exposure to the outside environment, as all proceeding tests have been industrial space confined.
  • While he was Anna's neighbour, John Kramer drew the design for what would become the tricycle for Billy The Puppet.
  • From the 2003 outcome of The "Tuck's Pig Farm" game featuring Logan Nelson, Anna, Ryan, Mitch, and Carly, early concepts for traps John later used (such as the "Razor Wire Maze") were conceived.
  • Logan, Anna, Ryan, Mitch, and Carly's game takes place in the months following Cecil Adams' death by John Kramer, confirming Cecil's death to take place in 2003, following the Chinese New Year Festival.
  • In the beginning of the film, when Edgar Munsen is on the roof, if you look closely, there's an "X" displayed on a horizontal beam in the background. It marks the shot Logan aims at Edgar Munsen, in turn framing Halloran and pays reference to the utilizing of X marking the spot for the clue in both "Saw" (2004) and "Saw II" (2005).
  • Hydrochloric acid is the corrosive killing substance behind Carly and the death of her 2017 look-a-like. It is also the same type of acid used in William Easton's death in "Saw VI" (2009). Logan, who is performing the autopsy on the Carly Look-A-Like, confirms having dealt with the same type of acid in a previous homicide case.
  • The requirement of the first trial of the 2003 and 2017 recreated "Tuck's Pig Farm" game is to make a small sacrifice of blood to progress. The same was required of the Fatal Five from "Saw V" (2008).
  • Anna's recapture marks John Kramer's first use of the official Pig Mask he and his apprentices would later use in the abduction of test subjects. Prior to Logan, Anna, Ryan, Mitch, and Carly, the only previous test subject, Cecil Adams, had been abducted with John bearing a Chinese New Year Pig Mask, as opposed to an actual hollowed out pig's face for the mask complete with the black and red hood attire.
  • Eleanor wears a leopard print jacket in this film, which in turn reflects her secret nature.
  • The true means to escaping the barn is never clarified after Ryan attempts to take the warned non-exit, and Mitch dies in his trap. Anna attempts to escape via the non-exit also and is captured by John Kramer, who brings Anna and Ryan into a final test which determines their survival. Whether or not this final situation was John's initial game structure is unconfirmed, since despite the fact that the game featured five players, "The Shotgun Keys Trap" for Anna and Ryan has only two holding pillar areas, not five.
  • The "Tuck's Pig Farm" that is the location for the 2003 initial game and its 2017 re-creation belongs to Dale Tuck, who is confirmed as a relative of Jill Tuck, but it is never clarified in the film how he is related to her.
  • Carly's death is foreshadowed by Billy The Puppet's red eyes lighting up prior to Ryan injecting her with all three needles, which results in the acid disintegrating internally enough to result in her eyes bleeding out.
  • It is possible that the addition of the bleeding eye holes of Jigsaw's Pig Masks are a reference to the demise of original test subject Carly, who died from being injected with hydrofluoric acid - when she was injected, she bled from her eyes first, then her face.
  • The initial structure of the original 2003 "Tuck's Pig Farm" game was that, without trying to cheat early exit in the third area, the fourth area would open (containing Mitch's trap) and after a period of waiting, the fifth and final area ("The Shotgun Keys") would open for the players. Ryan and Anna's impatience resulted subsequently in John Kramer having to bring them to the final area himself.
  • Chronologically, "The Shotgun Keys" is the first trap in the "Saw" franchise where a shotgun is utilized.
  • Ryan's situation after Anna dies is similar to Adam Stanheight's (from "Saw") death in the bathroom. Both test subjects were shackled to one ankle and and were left to die if they failed their games.
  • One of the Billy The Puppet tapes presented in the 2003 "Tuck's Pig Farm" tests appeared on a 2010 flat screen TV.
  • Throughout the entire Saw/Jigsaw franchise there are a total of 95 deaths.
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