Saw movie Spiral compared to Seven as new look lands

Susannah Alexander
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Photo credit: Lionsgate
Photo credit: Lionsgate

From Digital Spy

New Saw movie Spiral: From The Book Of Saw has been compared to David Fincher's 1995 thriller Seven by its director Darren Lynn Bousman after a brand new image from the film was unveiled.

Empire has shared a new still from the upcoming horror which sees a group of detectives, including Chris Rock's Zeke Banks, gathered in an alleyway and inspecting a mysterious painted red spiral sprayed across a brick wall.

Spiral stars Rock, Samuel L Jackson and Max Minghella as a trio of detectives who are investigating a string of grisly murders which appear to be targeting the police, with a potential link to the Jigsaw Killer.

Photo credit: Twisted Pictures / Empire - Lionsgate
Photo credit: Twisted Pictures / Empire - Lionsgate

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But as Zeke gets more and more involved in the growing mystery, he finds himself right at the centre of the killer's twisted game.

Considering that the Saw franchise is notorious for its gory torture-horror stories, the fact that comedian Rock was the person who suggested the concept of Spiral is a bit of a surprise.

But Bousman, who has previously directed three Saw movies, has told Empire that the team have actually drawn quite a bit of inspiration from the more detective-focused Seven rather than chasing the gore.

"Chris came in with a thriller concept," he said. "He pitched this very elaborate, dense idea. We wanted it to feel much more like Seven. But it has so many ties to the mythos of Saw."

Photo credit: Lionsgate
Photo credit: Lionsgate

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The director added that, as well as toning down the gore a little, Spiral will be more character-focused than previous Saw instalments have been.

"Gore and violence was the gimmick, I think," he said, speaking about his older Saw movies. "Gore and violent is no longer a gimmick – it just serves the story. This is much more about character, tension and fear."

We can even expect to see "a sprinkling of humour here and there" amongst the horror, according to executive producer Rock.

Spiral: From The Book Of Saw is currently due to open on May 21 in UK and US cinemas.

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