As one of the first long-running horror franchises of the 21st century, Saw has certainly bore its way into pop culture. How many times have you seen a creepy doll and the first words that pop into your head are “I want to play a game”? After seven financially successful films over 10 years, Lionsgate has certainly got to be proud of their little film about two men stuck in a bathroom the blew up into a horror movie series. To celebrate the success and keep the tradition, Lionsgate will be re-releasing the first Saw film that started it all back into theaters on October 31, 2014 with some early screenings on October 30, 2014. The original directed James Wan originally hit theaters on October 29, 2004.
So if you have nothing to do on Halloween night and just want to go to the theater for a good scare (or gross-out gore), Lionsgate has you covered. Read the press release below:
SAW CUTS ITS WAY BACK INTO THEATERS THIS HALLOWEEN TO CELEBRATE 10TH ANNIVERSARY
Horror Film Which Ignited Blockbuster Franchise Will Be Available in Theaters for One Week Only Starting October 31, 2014
SANTA MONICA, CA August 27, 2014 – This Halloween, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the theatrical release of SAW, the film that kicked off the most successful horror franchise in history, by bringing it back to theaters nationwide for one week only. The film will open on Friday, October 31st, with select screenings beginning Thursday night, October 30th. The seven SAW films grossed $874 million at the box office worldwide and were hailed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Most Successful Horror Franchise” of all time.
SAW was the first collaboration for co-creators James Wan, who directed the film, and Leigh Whannell, who wrote the screenplay. Together, they also created the successful INSIDIOUS franchise, and Wan has gone on to direct such high-profile films as THE CONJURING and the upcoming FAST & FURIOUS 7.
Directed by Wan from a script penned by Whannell, SAW is a psychological thriller focusing on two men who wake up in a secure lair of a serial killer, with a dead body lying between them. The killer, nicknamed “Jigsaw,” leaves them tape recorded messages with details of how to make it out alive. The only way for one man to make it out alive is to do the unthinkable. The two men desperately try to find a way out, while also trying to figure out who’s behind their kidnapping. The film, which was released over Halloween weekend on October 29, 2004, was produced by Gregg Hoffman, Oren Koules, and Mark Burg.