Sunday, July 23, 2006
Believe it — 'Saw III’ is old-fashioned, Hollywood moviemaking
My favorite summation regarding the hugely popular “Saw” horror movie franchise comes from a friend involved with publicity for its 2005 sophomore installment. Moviemaking does not get any more golden age, old school, and Hollywood dream factory than this.
Production began and finished on “Saw II” last summer. Editing and fine-tuning took place in early fall. By October, mere months after the start of filming, “Saw II” was in theaters and on its way to becoming one of the most profitable films of the year. Was Warner Bros. ever this efficient at the height of its assembly line moviemaking?
The scare franchise created by Leigh Whannell and James Wan continues full throttle with a special presentation of “Saw III” featuring cast and filmmakers at the July 2006 Comicon International in San Diego and news that its trailer will premiere Aug. 4 in front of another Lionsgate horror film, the scream-worthy cave thriller “The Descent.” Confirmation of the Aug. 4 trailer premiere soothes devoted “Saw” fans anxious for the film’s Halloween opening. Any worries about the trailer giving away key surprises are unwarranted. True to its dream factory lineage, “Saw III” is still being stitched together in preparation for scaring its growing fan base this fall.
The trailer for “Saw III” premieres August 4 in front of “The Descent.” Lionsgate Films will release it in theaters across America this Halloween.