The Saw films have remained surprising as the trilogy wore on, even though Jigsaw's methods have been pretty consistent. With Saw IV on the way for this Halloween, all bets are off. Nobody knows what's going on and director Darren Lynn Bousman is happy to keep it that way.
Darren Lynn Bousman on Saw IV
"We’ve been able to keep the Saw secret for this long on IV when no one has any idea what the plot is," said Bousman. "That’s also exciting to me, the constant reveals that are going to be happening in the movie because everyone thinks it’s about X when it’s really about Y and Z over here and that’s very cool."
Teasing the plot in vague, Jigsaw-esque ways, Bousman explained the new film's deeper complexity. "We’ve taken a much different approach this year than we have in the last two films. It’s much more complicated. In fact, the first time that the script when out to people, it’s hard. You have to read it again and again. I’m watching the edit and it’s extremely easy once you’re visualizing it but it’s the most complex. There’s four separate story lines going on. That’s exciting to me. It’s not just this simplistic story of 'Oh, I’m torturing people. Oh, I’m dying. Oh, I’m dead.' There’s a lot of sh*t going on this year."
Saw fans will benefit from their prior knowledge of the first three films, but new ones can jump in and not be totally lost. "I would say that it helps the audience to know the first three stories. Could you walk into Saw IV and never have seen I, II and III? Yes. Will the ending be as impactful? I don’t know. Will the characters be impactful? I don’t know. But yeah, it’s 100% a stand alone movie."
Every Saw movie has to have a twist ending too. Saw III's was more of an emotional twist than a plot-driven switcheroo, but IV may be back to basics. "It’s a combination of all of the films. I would say that it’s more I and II. There’s definitely emotion in it but I’ve killed off everybody. I had to bring new characters in now. In III you were with people that you’ve seen before. There was a vested interest in these people. You knew Shawnee, you knew Tobin. So now we’re bringing back some new characters this year and so it’s starting again. You’re not going to have that emotional impact that you did when Shawnee and Tobin were going through that but there definitely is much more character stuff than there ever was in II."