Jigsaw wants to play a game, and you may want to get comfortable, as it’s going to take a while.
Previously, the filmmakers behind Saw X teased that the tenth installment of the horror franchise would be the longest yet. At the time, no official runtime was revealed, so it remained unclear just how much longer the movie would be compared to the previous record-holder, Saw III. Now, per The Direct, it’s been reported that the official runtime for Saw X is 118 minutes, or 1 hour and 58 minutes — putting it just under two hours long.
This runtime makes the film 11 minutes longer than Saw III, which spanned 1 hour and 47 minutes. The original Saw is the third-longest film of the movie series, as it ran for 1 hour and 43 minutes. Every other installment of the Saw series was just 1-3 minutes over 1 hour and 30 minutes, other than Spiral: From the Book of Saw, which was 1 hour and 35 minutes long.
Saw X Flips the Script by Making Jigsaw the Hero
Something else that’s new with Saw X is the transition from Tobin Bell’s John “Jigsaw” Kramer into the role of the protagonist. He’s being treated as the “hero” of the story, which is set between the first and second movies. The film will follow John as he heads to Mexico to endure an experimental medical procedure hoping to cure his terminal cancer. When the “Jigsaw Killer” discovers that the entire operation is a scam that preys on the most vulnerable, John seeks to teach those responsible a lesson by subjecting them through his deranged traps.
Kevin Greutert directed Saw X using a screenplay by Peter Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg. Joining Tobin Bell is returning franchise star Shawnee Smith, reprising her role as Jigsaw accomplice Amanda Young. Other stars of the movie include Synnøve Macody Lund, Steven Brand, Michael Beach, Renata Vaca, Paulette Hernandez, Joshua Okamoto, and Octavio Hinojosa.
Saw X will premiere in movie theaters on Sept. 29, 2023, alongside PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie. Some filmgoers have dubbed the double premiere as “Saw Patrol,” similar to the “Barbenheimer” phenomenon involving Barbie and Oppenheimer. The official Saw account on X had even gotten in on the craze by sharing an image of Billy the Puppet completing a PAW Patrol activity sheet, declaring “GAME OVER” for the superhero pups.
Source: The Direct