Box art for Saw IV

Saw IV

horror, thrillers

Jigsaw, as well as his apprentice Amanda, have died. After hearing of Detective Kerry's murder, two veteran FBI agents, Agent Strahm and Agent Perez, assist Detective Hoffman in sorting out the remains of Jigsaw's last game.

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common sense

0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Another Halloween, another gory torturefest. Yuck.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this fourth bloody Saw movie isn't remotely meant for kids (even though horror-loving teens will probably be interested), and it's hardly worth the time of the series' fans, either. The gory, torture-centric formula is familiar: Villain Jigsaw arranges elaborate "games" by which victims either survive by killing someone else or abusing themselves to near-death, or they die. Frequent over-the-top violence includes stabbing, shooting, hanging, fighting, slicing, and more. A pregnant woman suffers a bloody miscarriage. There's some nonsexual male nudity, a shot or two of cleavage, and reference to prostitution. Also expect the usual bad language, including lots of uses of "f--k."

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the appeal of "torture porn." Why does this cynical subgenre of horror movies continue to succeed with viewers? Do you think it will ever go too far (and who defines what "too far" is, anyway?)? How is the Saw franchise itself now a kind of "game"? Is it different from the games perpetrated by Jigsaw? And does he become a more sympathetic character when you learn his backstory? Why or why not?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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4 stars

Probably one of my favorites in the series for a few reasons. Jigsaw's background is fully explored and his motivations are even more clear. Also, this truly gave birth to the infiltration expert known as Hoffman. While he doesn't get to bask in his awesomeness in this much, it's still worth it. I liked that they brought The Berg back and gave him a truly glorious death via ice block crushing. It was really interesting how they played around with the time line and had it all fit like a puzzle by the end.

- ythelastman89, Saturday, October 23, 2010

3 stars

Saw IV is on par with the third entry. I think it's just as good as the third one, and again keeps up with the essence of what makes a Saw film so great. The traps are elaborate and twisted, and will most likely make you feel uneasy. The storyline is intriguing and keeps you guessing. This is what I love about the Saw films, is the fact that every film adds on to the overall story, and with every film you get a bigger understanding of what Jigsaw will do and wants to do. Saw IV is no different and answers a lot of questions that Saw Fans wanted answered. A terrific horror film, Saw IV is definitely a strong fourth entry in this awesome reinvigorating horror franchise. With every film, you get something new and you get more insight of Jigsaws plan, and this film does not disappoint.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Tuesday, June 8, 2010

3 stars

It was okay to watch, but I couldn't help falling asleep.

- LitelBluHli, Tuesday, February 9, 2010