Saw II

Release Date: October 28, 2005
Saw 2

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That's a real poor Nicholson. You're supposed to use an axe.

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87/166 David Mumpower Just like Saw in every way imaginable. Whether that's good or not is where the debate lies.

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James Wan and Leigh Whannell hit the big time in 2004. After their little $1.2 million fright-fest Saw premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, the buzz surrounding the project started at a dull roar. A couple of months later, when a terrifying and sick red-band trailer hit the Internet, horror fans started to drool with excitement. Here, at last, was a film that didn't sanitize its violence and was willing to embrace the grotesqueries of the human spirit.

That anticipation eventually turned into an $18 million opening weekend when the film received its wide release on the weekend before Halloween. It went on to earn a remarkable $55 million at the box office and is already a solid hit on DVD. It was only natural that a sequel would be rushed into theaters, with Wan and Whannell both maintaining some presence in the production.

And so it is that the two return as executive producers for the sequel, with Darren Lynn Bousman onboard to direct from his own screenplay. The movie will once again follow the deranged, sadistic serial killer known as Jigsaw. This creepy gentleman abducts morally wayward people with the intention of teaching them the value of life. To achieve this end, he forces his captives to play horrible games, with the prize being their own survival.

Of the original cast members, so far Shawnee Smith and Tobin Bell are set to return. Given the popularity of the first film, the second is almost certain to make a splash as the savvy studio, Lions Gate, will again release it just in time for the Halloween season. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for Saw II
Main Cast Donnie Wahlberg, Franky G, Glenn Plummer
Supporting Cast Emmanuelle Vaugier, Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Beverley Mitchell, Eric Knudsen, Dina Meyer
Director Darren Lynn Bousman
Screenwriter Leigh Whannell, Darren Lynn Bousman
Distributor Lions Gate
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
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Rating R
Running Time 93 minutes
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Comparison films for Saw II
Adjusted Opening
Total BO
Adjusted Total
Saw 10/29/0418.28 18.28 2315 7894.80 7894.8 55.15 55.15 0.00
Halloween:H20 8/7/9816.19 20.81 2607 6210.00 7679.7 55.02 70.73 2.87
Ring, The 10/18/0215.02 15.61 1981 7580.00 7580.0 128.90 134.01 8.58
Se7en 9/22/9513.95 19.33 2441 5715.00 7620.0 100.12 138.78 7.18
Halloween: Resurrection 7/12/0212.29 12.77 1954 6291.00 6291.0 30.26 31.46 2.46



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