Saw X lands in cinemas this Friday (September 29) and from the sounds of the first reactions, Saw fans might want to get excited.
The new movie brings back Tobin Bell and Shawnee Smith as John Kramer and Amanda, respectively, but it’s not a retcon. Instead it takes place between the first two movies and sees Kramer head to Mexico for an experimental cancer treatment.
Unsurprisingly, it doesn’t work and Kramer soon realises it was all a scam, but those con artists are about to regret just who they messed with…
Those lucky few to have already experienced Saw X have now taken to social media to share their first reactions – and they’re universally positive right now.
“By heading back into the past, Saw X has injected fresh blood into the franchise,” wrote Digital Spy’s movies editor Ian Sandwell.
“It delivers what you want (mostly wince-inducing, gore-filled traps), but also attempts something different with a Saw movie. It doesn’t all work, but it’s the strongest sequel to date.”
ScreenRant’s Joseph Deckelmeier added: “Saw X gets the franchise back on track by telling a solid John Kramer story. This is a different side of Jigsaw we’re not used to seeing & it was great seeing Tobin Bell back.”
But they’re far from the only positive reactions. Check out some other first reactions to Saw X below:
Now that the social embargo has lifted I’m happy to announce that #SAWX is one of the BEST additions to the franchise. It brings back the original essence of the first film while also allowing the audience to gain deeper insight into Kramer. Plus, the traps are *chef kiss* pic.twitter.com/Le3NoMMMvU
— Shannabelle Come Home (@shannon_mcgrew) September 26, 2023
Initially adhering to a different structure than we are used to, #SawX infuses a more human element as it dives into Kramer’s desperation. Fear not though as it eventually embraces the gory carnage we expect with some truly squirm-inducing tricks and traps that HURT. Bloody fun! pic.twitter.com/N7mhIboVa9
— Peter Gray (@ratedPDG) September 27, 2023
Safe to say that I think #SawX is easily one of the best crafted films in the franchise. Without sacrificing any of the key ingredients that make a great SAW film, this new installment delivers a more emotional story than I had anticipated…oh and it’s a bloody good time pic.twitter.com/t0t8OjbJ8x
— Vannah Taylor (@sirendeathcult) September 27, 2023
While I was at Universal today, the social embargo lifted so I can tell you now that #SawX is gruesome, hard-to-watch, and probably the best Saw sequel in about 15 years. It wedges perfectly between 1-2 and unveils a side of Jigsaw we haven’t seen before. Saw fans will enjoy it pic.twitter.com/546PnGaAgw
— Chris Killian (@chriskillian) September 27, 2023
#SawX is a twisted revenge story that once again shows how good Tobin Bell is as Jigsaw with a more character focused, dramatic first act.
Then it’s gore galore with some truly toe curling traps and enough blood and guts to satisfy long time Saw fans.
Jigsaw is back! pic.twitter.com/47WlTClR4y
— Nick’s Flicks Fix (@nicksflicksfix) September 27, 2023
Ahead of its release, producer Mark Burg has revealed that Saw X has a post-credit scene and that it’s definitely one fans will want to watch.
“At the end of this movie, stick around for the credits because there is a scene where we do bring back people from prior movies that you’ll be very, very happy [about],” he explained.
“You’ll be very happy if you stick around to the end of the credits.”
Saw X is released in cinemas on September 29.