Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing psychological horror films from the 1990’s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?
The most painful pictures you eve saw!
Saw is both a torture film and a police procedural. It's a ongoing mystery that explores new grounds in storytelling. It's refreshing and unique, yet closely reminiscent of the Cube franchise and Se7en. The power of this movie resides in how it cleverly parses clues, how complex the puzzle is, and how twists and turns reveal themselves. They do so in the most creatively shocking fashion.
The writing is brilliant. The photography is impeccable. Extreme color balance, photo filters and quick editing gives this movie a particular trademark. The actors do a fine job of keeping us guessing, sympathizing, cringing. Their performances make you feel as powerless as their characters become. One of the two main plot lines happens in one place and with only two characters.
While the cast is limited, each of their movements, lines and performances has been scrutinized and polished. When dialogue makes room for gore, Saw shows another significant strength; displaying pain and suffering crudely and realistically, thanks to stunning top-of-the line effects. Innovative, yet formulaic, Saw gives us a new horror icon with its own sonata; a nod to slasher flicks.