Kittens, it’s Friday, which means it’s time once again for Friday Night Features, your home on the web for interesting and innovative horror short films. Tonight I thought I’d treat you all to a little trip back in time to 2003, when young unknown filmmakers James Wan and Leigh Whannell were trying to get financing to make their unusual horror concept film, Saw. With a minimal budget, they selected a scene from their script to film as a pitch to studios. The rest, as they say, darlings, is history: the short they made went on to spawn seven films and create the highest grossing horror franchise of all time. Love or hate the Saw movies, this one has earned a place in horror short history. Enjoy!
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Did you go see the movie last night? I just got back : )
Yep! What did you think?
I liked it a whole lot – you?
There was a lot of it I thought was excellent. I still kind of wish it had stood on its own as a new movie (and maybe the start of a new franchise) then having to be judged against the original evil dead.
That’s a good point. It will be harshly judged because of that. I thought it was all kinds of fun : )
Definitely goes on the “worth rewatching” list!
Not to, you know, bring this comment thread around to the today’s post topic, but did you know that the original Evil Dead went through the same route of creating a speculative short to secure funding for a feature length movie? You can find it online with a little effort.
I did not – that’s very interesting!
I bought my ticket for the Tuesday matinee. I won’t read further on this thread not to ruin it for me… But I am really looking forward to it.
Ooooooooooh…. You’re in for a treat!!
I liked the first few Saws, interesting that it’s a guy in the short.
That’s actually Leigh Whannell, the writer – I’m guessing he worked for free! 🙂
Shawnee Smith is my favorite. Just FYI in case people wanted to know more about me.