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Tobin Bell Discusses the Meaning of the ‘Saw’ Franchise in the Horror Genre

Published on November 3rd, 2017 | Updated on November 3rd, 2017 | By FanFest

When Tobin Bell steps onto the scene, you know a distinct brand of horror is in the building. It’s brutal, it’s terrifying, and it’s got a much deeper message than just the gore and blood…and blood…and did we mention the blood?

Bell joined us for our Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta last weekend where he spoke about Jigsaw and what he does to relate to the character and how he channels that level of horror but still manages to create a character that the audience can sympathize for.

‘I wouldn’t necessarily do what he does. My job is to figure out what’s on his mind and why he’s doing what he’s doing. To be able to fill his carcass with human qualities so that the audience can relate to him even for a moment.’

He went on to say that a lot of what comes up in the Saw films is karma. That ‘get what you give’ type of trap is Bell’s personal favorite. He likes when it sort of comes full circle.

‘Do you reap what you sow in life? It comes up a lot in the Saw films and I feel like those are my favorite traps in the series. I like when the traps relate to the person’s life.’

On top of that, he says that the Saw films are films that mean something to those horror movie fans who may be struggling themselves. It puts life into perspective for you.

Not that it totally makes up for the whole, setting someone up for certain death thing, or makes up for it at all. However, Tobin’s explanation for the film is one that has made sense for some time.

The newest film in the Saw franchise, Jigsaw, is in theaters now.


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