Saw II (2005)
I have such vivid memories of seeing this in theater. I'm not sure if it was the first horror film I saw in theaters, but it was pretty damn close. My father was nice enough to take me and a group of friends to see it as part of my annual Halloween party. Looking back on it, and his taste in movies, I'm sure he didn't particularly enjoy the experience but I thought it was a blast. I remember being totally blown away by that ending.
Now that I'm a tad more mature, the greatness of the Saw series has waned a bit. I understand the schlockiness of it and just how much has to go right for the twists to actually play out how Jigsaw plans, but that's really all the fun of it. Last year I binged all 7 movies in one night. Yeah, don't ask me how or why but it happened. In that process, I remember not taking too kindly to the second film. Not sure why, but something didn't sit right with me. This viewing, I loved it all over again, although that may have been due to my nostalgia goggles.
It's hard not to enjoy a film that I treasured as a teen. It's one of the reasons I think I'll always have a soft spot for the Saw series (except for The Final Chapter, that movie can go fuck itself). As needlessly brutal as it can be, the twists are fun, and it at least TRIES to spout out moral lessons, even if they don't always make sense.
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