As anyone who has seen the Saw films will tell you, that Jigsaw guy is a real jerk. Once a successful engineer with a loving wife, John Kramer morphed into a sadistic serial killer after he was diagnosed with inoperable cancer. Talk about being self-absorbed. That’s called a YP, Jigsaw: your problem, not mine.
But regardless of how you feel about Jigsaw personally, you have to admit he’s a clever guy. Sure, maybe his traps (or “games”) are horribly cruel and unnecessarily elaborate, but damn it if they aren’t impressive. Honestly, when someone is wearing a reverse-bear trap on their mouth, it’s hard to look away. With that in mind, here are 10 of Jigsaw’s greatest traps. (Spoilers Ahead) Also, be sure and take our survey at the bottom to vote for YOUR favorite trap, and sound off in the comment section.
10. The Mausoleum Trap – Saw IV
This trap involves a man with his eyes sewn shut and another man with is mouth sewn shut. Both men are wearing collars that are chained to a winding drum at the center of the room. Since one can’t speak, and the other can’t see, it makes for a rather wacky adventure, especially when weapons are thrown into the mix.
9. The Cube Trap – Saw V
Unlike most of the traps on this list, this one does not offer a way out for the victim. It is designed only to torture and kill, which makes the outcome somewhat humorous (if you consider a self-applied tracheotomy humorous, which I’m sure you do). The victim’s head is placed in a see-through box, and the box begins filling with liquid. But rather than simply drown, the victim (Agent Strahm) was quick on his feet, and shoved a pen into his own throat, allowing him to temporarily breath through the hole until help arrived. All’s well that ends well.
8. "The Scalping Seat" – Saw IV
Another simple, yet terrifying creation, the “scalping seat” (or hair chair) is a pretty painful way to go. A victim with long locks has their hair looped though a metal ring and wound around an axle. The axle slow turns, tightening the hair with each rotation. If it goes on long enough, it will rip the person’s scalp off. The end.
7. The Reverse Bear Trap – Saw
Perhaps you’ve heard of reverse cowgirl? Well this isn’t nearly as fun (or so I’ve been told).
This trap is just what it sounds like. Instead of snapping shut in order to smash the victim, the reverse bear trap snaps open. That doesn’t sound too scary, except for the fact that it’s placed in the victim’s mouth, and will easily rip through their head if not disarmed. In all fairness to Jigsaw, the trap does have the desired effect on its victim, Amanda Young. She escapes from the contraption with a new lease on life. She goes on to kick her drug habit, which is good, but also goes on to become Jigsaw’s apprentice, which is bad. Ah well.
6. The Nerve Gas House Safe – Saw II
This is one of my favorite saw traps, not because it’s elaborate and inventive, which is certainly is, but rather because of the victims involved. Unlike the first film, in which Jigsaw seemed to focus on hospital workers and low level junkies, “The Nerve Gas House” trap is used on a group of violent criminals. There’s nothing I love more than violent criminals being subjected to violent crime.
The criminals wake up in a strange house, and Jigsaw informs them that the front door will open in three hours. However, the house is also filled with a deadly nerve gas that will kill them in two hours. Their only hope for survival is to find the antidotes hidden in traps around the house. There is also one antidote in a safe, waiting for anyone who can figure out the combination. As it turns out, a single number of the combination is written on the back of each criminal’s neck. Guess what happens when one of the criminals pieces that together.
5. The Needle Pit – Saw II
Also from Saw II, ‘The Needle Pit’ isn’t as elaborate as some of Jigsaw’s other works, but its genius is its simplicity. What better way to make a drug dealer redeem himself than by having him crawl through a pile of hypodermic needles? Jigsaw puts a key at the bottom of the pile, and tells the victim he has a limited amount of time to find it before a room with the nerve gas antidote is sealed permanently. Luckily, the drug dealer is some what inventive, and throws someone else into the pit to find the key. But do you really think a Saw film is going to reward that type of behavior?
4. Exploding Collar – Saw III
The exploding collar is just what it sounds like. It’s a collar lined with shotgun shells set to go off if not deactivated properly. What scares me so much about this particular trap is that similar devices have been used in real life. Just ask Brian Wells, a pizza man from Pennsylvania who was forced to wear a bomb collar around his neck while robbing a bank. Like most victims in the Saw films, things didn’t work out too well for Brian.
3. The Pig Vat – Saw III
This trap isn’t all that terrifying and it’s not even that inventive. But what it lacks in those categories it more than makes up for in the disgusting department. A judge who handed out a lenient sentence in a murder trial of a child is chained to the bottom of a vat. The vat is slowly filled with liquefied hog parts. Eventually, he will drown, unless the the father of the murdered child chooses to save him. Straightforward, yet utterly repulsive, just like Bravo‘s "Millionaire Matchmaker."
2. Flammable Jelly – Saw
This seems like a pretty big punishment for someone who is cheating on worker’s comp, but with insurance rates being what they are, maybe it’s not a bad idea.
The victim was stripped naked and covered in a flammable jelly and then placed in a room covered in broken glass with a safe in the middle of the floor. The room is pitch black, except for a single candle. When the victim awakes, he is told that he has been given a poison (where does Jigsaw get all this poison?), and the antidote (where does Jigsaw get all this antidote?) is in the safe. The safe’s combination is written somewhere along the wall. In case you’re having a hard time putting this all together, the victim, who is covered in flammable jelly, will have to walk through broken glass while holding the lit candle if he wants to get into the safe. It sounds more complicated than it is. The point is, fire + flammable jelly = bad.
1. The Razor Wire Cage – Saw
Most people don’t like razor wire. Most people don’t like cages. Jigsaw isn’t like most people, so he put the two together to make this awful trap. That’s like creating a Justin Bieber song that gives you herpes when you listen to it. The victim was given two hours to crawl through the cage filled with razor wire before the door locked forever. Guess what happened.
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