The flip-side to Fincher's Seven, Saw combines the police procedural thriller elements with a sort of horror film that was as far away from the recent slick teen-slasher trend as you could reasonably imagine. Saw isn’t torture porn, it is cleverer than that and in spite of its reputation it’s not that graphic. A lot of that is in the mind of the viewer, suggestion plays a huge part. It’s the same trick Tobe Hooper played with The Texas Chainsaw…
Just to add to a little debate. Seven is a thriller. We only ever see the aftermath of the torture. As opposed to the Saw films, for instance, where we very much see the suffering they are very much entrenched within the horror genre. And the audiences perspective of the crimes is that of the cops, Somerset and Mills rather than the killer. So….that’s why Seven is a thriller. Debate end.
So, now that we have established that Seven is…
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