Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Screenplay: Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan
Story by Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan and Thomas Fenton
Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead, and Detective Kerry has been murdered. Two seasoned FBI profilers, Agent Strahm (Scott Patterson) and Agent Perez (Athena Karkanis), arrive at the depleted police precinct and help veteran Detective Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) sift through Jigsaw's latest grizzly game of victims and piece together the puzzle. But then SWAT Commander Rigg (Lyriq Bent), the last officer untouched by Jigsaw (Tobin Bell), is suddenly abducted. Thrust into the madman's harrowing game, the officer has but ninety minutes to overcome a series of interconnected traps...or face the deadly consequences.
Rigg's citywide pursuit leaves a wake of dead bodies, and Detective Hoffman and the FBI uncover long-hidden clues that lead them back to Jigsaw's ex-wife Jill (Betsy Russell). The genesis of Jigsaw's evil is unveiled, exposing the puppet master's true intentions and the sinister plan for his past, present and future victims.
SAW IV opened nationwide on October 26, 2007. It was the weekend's #1 film with a box office tally of $31.8 million. It has since earned total domestic theatrical box office receipts of $63.3 million; the film's international box office receipts have totaled over $73.5 million. SAW IV was released on DVD/home video on January 22, 2008, debuting at #2 on the charts and selling 2.6 million units in the U.S. and Canada. It is one of the top two best-selling horror DVDs of 2008. SAW IV was nominated for three 2008 Spike TV Scream Awards (Best Sequel, Best Villain, Most Memorable Mutilation), handed out October 18, 2008.
Saw IV is a 2007 horror film and midquel to the 2006's Saw III. It was directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and written by newcomers Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan and Thomas Fenton. The film was released in North America on October 26, 2007. The film's North American release date followed the series' tradition that the films be released the Friday before or on Halloween of each year.
The film continues the story of the Jigsaw Killer and his obsession with teaching people the "value of their own lives". Despite Jigsaw being killed in the last installment, the film still focuses on his ability to manipulate people into continuing his work of trapping people into his "games".
There were rumors about who was writing the script for Saw IV, including Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan. On a news article on the same rumor site, an actual writer was revealed,Thomas Fenton.
There was also a hunt for the director of Saw IV before it was officially stated that Darren Lynn Bousman would direct the fourth installment, with creators and executive producers, James Wan and Leigh Whannell also returning.
On the official Saw fan page, director Bousman says: "Scott Patterson, the first day he shows up, he says, 'I'm going to do something a little different here.' And I'm like, 'Alright.' We yell 'action' and all of a sudden he started improvising and it was gold. It was like the best stuff I'd ever seen and he's insane."
Production offices opened on February 12, 2007 to begin the pre-production period. The filming of Saw IV began on April 16, 2007 and continued for 6 weeks.
The filming location for the horror film was Toronto, Ontario, the same place both Saw II and Saw III were filmed. Post-production period began on May 19.
Shooting for the film ended on May 30, 2007, with a budget of approximately $10,000,000. In an interview with Darren Lynn Bousman, he stated that the last work on Saw IV would happen in August to be able to have prints made.
At Comic Con 2007 it was revealed by director Darren Lynn Bousman and producer Mark Burg that the MPAA had given the film an NC-17 rating. They would have to figure out whether or not to cut the film to achieve an R rating or release it as an NC-17 film.
Lions Gate has teamed with the American Red Cross for the annual Saw IV Blood Drive. Since the first Saw blood drive in 2004, Saw film-goers have donated nearly 38,000 pints of blood to help save as many as 112,500 lives. Collection totals have doubled year after year resulting in tens of thousands of lifesaving blood transfusions.
On August 30, 2007, it was announced that the film was officially rated R for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture throughout, and for language. This was clarified by the new poster (which can be seen at the top of this page), www.ropeofsilicon.com, and numerous other websites.
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