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Saw X – A New Franchise High

Updated: Nov 7, 2023

In the era of reboots and remakes, the Saw franchise is no exception. Horror movies such as Scream and Halloween have proven to appeal to the new generation of horror lovers with their latest installments. In comes Saw X, scoring the franchises highest rating on Rotten Tomatoes and earning $8M domestically, the biggest opening day for the franchise in 15 years.

October 29, 2010, Saw: The Final Chapter (also known as Saw 3D) was released. The franchise had reached its end with the seventh installment. After failed attempts at rebooting the franchise, with 2017's Jigsaw and 2021's spin-off Spiral: From The Book of Saw, proved one thing: Saw isn't as popular as it used to be.

(Alexandro Bolaños Escamilla/Lionsgate)

Enter Saw X, the tenth installment stands as a prequel, set between the first two movies of the franchise. The latest installment in Lionsgate's horror franchise Saw - is on track to earn an impressive $18.6 million in its opening weekend. The film grossed $8 million on its first day of release and is being hailed as a comeback for the franchise, which suffered a significant decline in popularity with its previous release, 2021's Spiral: From the Book of Saw. Despite facing strong competition on its release day, Saw X managed to outperform its rivals. Tobin Bells performance is being praised and Rotten Tomatoes calling it his best.

Against all expectations, Saw X has received the most positive reviews in the history of the franchise, and has been certified as fresh by Rotten Tomatoes, receiving an impressive score of 87%. The film has also performed exceptionally well with audiences, earning a B CinemaScore on its opening day, which is remarkable for a horror movie. Director and editor Kevin Greutert, who has worked on past installments of Saw including Saw VI and The Final Chapter, returns to lead both positions once again. Greutert has played an instrumental role in crafting the distinct visual aesthetic of the franchise as the editor of every previous Saw movie. Accompanying him are writers Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger, who penned the scripts for Jigsaw and Spiral.


This story kicks off in what the filmmakers have said to be mere weeks after the first movie. After John Kramer finds out that his time on earth is limited because of his cancer, the only option he finds fit is an alternative treatment. Doctor Pederson operates an autonomous medical center in a pursuit to cure terminal cancer patients using an untested surgical process. A former cancer patient who claims to have been cured via Pederson's "miracle" approach recommends John to see her. As a result, Jigsaw travels to Mexico where Doctor Pederson is currently practicing. However, after undergoing a dubious surgical procedure, John realizes he is the newest pawn in a bogus medical ploy.


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