After five films that never achieved the same effect as the original, expectations were at rock bottom for the seventh installment of the Sawfranchise, Saw 3D. All director Kevin Greutert and his team had to do was manage to at least keep it on par with the rest. Sadly, not only did Greutert fail miserably, but he had to take all of the other six films down with him.
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This installment’s centerpiece is a Jigsaw survivor named Bobby Dagen (Sean Patrick Flanery). Ever since his “rehabilitation,” he’s been busy peddling some book around trying to bank on his trauma. The problem is, Bobby’s a complete fraud. Clearly Jigsaw is not going to let him get away with this and nabs Bobby, his wife and his entourage, finally bringing some truth to his lies. Bobby is forced to go through a series of traps all of which put one of his team member’s lives at risk culminating with the ultimate, his wife’s.
Meanwhile, Detective Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) and Jill (Betsy Russell) are still going at it. At the end of Saw VI, Jill left Hoffman in a reverse bear trap, but Hoffman managed to escape, mangling his face in the process. Now, Jill is under police protection, specifically the protection of Detective Gibson (Chad Donella). While Gibson attempts to keep an eye on Jill and stop the latest game before the players perish, Hoffman lurks in shadows, preparing to pounce.
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For anyone who’s a fan of the Saw franchise, it probably comes as no surprise that I was a little intimidated to be talking to Costas Mandylor. He may have begun his run in the series playing Mark Hoffman as a mere officer investigating yet another Jigsaw crime scene in the third film, but from there he becomes an integral part of the story not only in Saw IV and beyond, but even in the first three films through new revelations.
Hoffman has been Jigsaw’s accomplice all along and after John Kramer loses his life alongside his protégé Amanda, Hoffman and John’s wife, Jill, are left to carry on the legacy. The problem is, Hoffman and Jill can’t play nice and at the end of the sixth film, Jill puts Hoffman in the infamous reverse bear trap. What Jill doesn’t know is that upon leaving him to die, he sacrifices some skin and bones to remove the device and survive.
And so here we are at the seventh and supposedly final film of the franchise. What’s it like for Mandylor to have come so far? Is he sad to say goodbye to the family he’s become a part of on the set? Is Saw 3D really the last one? Mandylor tells all in the video interview below, which was a total breeze for not only are the films near and dear to his heart, but also because Mandylor is as warm and friendly as they come.
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Another Halloween, another Saw. It’s crazy to think that we haven’t gone a Halloween in six years without seeing Jigsaw torturing the unjust on the big screen. In the sixth installment the series gets political, pointing a finger at the health care system. Insurance companies aren’t always fair and the Saw franchise is indulging in a little payback of its own.
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