10 Scary Titles to Watch After Saw X
Saw X has opened in cinemas to critical acclaim and a positive fan reaction. The horror film sees Tobin Bell reprise his role as John Kramer (aka The Jigsaw Killer) in a prequel/sequel. It’s set sometime after the events of the first Saw film and before Saw II.
The franchise has been going for nearly twenty years now and shows no signs of stopping, with fans still keen to see what dastardly traps Jigsaw can come up with each time. Here is a list of movies to watch while waiting for the next inevitable sequel in the series.
Hostel was released the year after the original Saw came out, and both movies were largely responsible for the horror subgenre that became known as ‘Torture Porn’, or ‘Gorno’ as it’s since become known as. It was just as brutal as Saw but hasn’t spawned as many sequels, probably meaning it won’t be long before the Eli Roth-directed franchise gets the inevitable reboot.
The story sees two young travel companions visiting a town in Europe, where their behaviour comes back to bite them, and they end up in a torture house. It’s an entertaining watch, and violent from start to finish.
The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
The Cabin in the Woods mixes science fiction, comedy and horror to create one of the most original films of the last fifteen years. They resisted the temptation to cash in on its success with numerous sequels, which makes it even more of a cult classic.
The plot sees a group of students retreat to a remote cabin in the woods, each becoming the prey of a variety of monsters.
”Would you like to play a game?” are the famous words uttered by Ghostface in the original slasher movie, Scream, when taunting Casey Becker in the opening sequence. In many ways, The Jigsaw Killer shares a lot of similarities with Ghostface in that they both like to play games with their victims. In Ghostface’s case, he likes to test his prey’s horror movie knowledge before killing them.
Scream was a seminal movie that changed the face of the slasher genre and propelled it back into the mainstream, paving the way for the scary films that followed it, including Saw. It’s a must-watch with Halloween fast approaching, but be warned, if you love this movie, there’s 5 sequels to get through as well.
Wolf Creek (2005)
”That’s not a knife, this is a knife” was a line originally uttered by Australian legend, Paul Hogan in the first Crocodile Dundee movie. However, it’s given a more sinister tone when paraphrased by a crazy serial killer in the classic Australian outback horror movie, Wolf Creek.
It was released a year after Saw in 2005, hot off the heels of the new brand of scary film of the time. It’s a terrifying ordeal for anyone who dares to watch it, and it’s not exactly an advertisement for backpacking holidays.
Escape Room (2019)
A big craze at the moment is escape rooms, where you can visit with your friends and try together to solve a puzzle.
The movie Escape Room came out in 2019 and is about six strangers who get stuck in a deadly maze of mystery rooms and must use their skills to survive. The Saw movies essentially created the escape room motif, and this movie builds upon this notion of survival of the fittest in a claustrophobic scenario. It’s a must-watch for fans of Jigsaw and his vicious traps.
Brad Pitt and Kevin Spacey star in this classic 90s thriller from David Fincher.
There’s a gut-wrenching moment for Brad Pitt’s character in this film, which is built upon throughout the movie, with a tense investigation into a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins to kill his unfortunate victims. It’s worth a watch, with your hands over your eyes.
Final Destination (2000)
Just like Saw, Final Destination started out as the sleeper hit of the year, and by the end of the decade, it had spawned multiple sequels, each one worse than the one before it. It’s easy to forget that the first movie in the series was a genuine classic horror movie.
After dodging a fateful plane crash after a premonition, Alex Browning and his friends are targeted by the grim reaper known as Death, which tries to catch up with each of them to right the wrongs of their cheated survival.
You’re Next (2011)
As far as final girls go, Erin in You’re Next is pretty badass. She grew up in a survivalist camp, so is more than capable of defending herself when a visit to her boyfriend’s family home ends in carnage.
If gruesome death traps are what you’re after, this movie ticks all the boxes. A home invasion thriller turned slasher movie, it has everything you want from the genre.
Green Room (2015)
Patrick Stewart plays against type in this quirky thriller as a crazy neo-Nazi skinhead who is hellbent on murdering a punk rock band at a rundown music venue.
The late Anton Yelchin costars with Imogen Poots in this little known gem from indie director Jeremy Saulnier. It has a tense build-up before it goes full-on chaotic and all hell breaks loose.
An underrated suspense thriller from 2010, this movie sees a group of people get trapped in an elevator, and it turns out one of them is the devil. They must figure out which one of them it is before they all perish.
It has that claustrophobic feel to it, similar to the first Saw movie, and perhaps got green lit because of the success of that film and many others in the horror genre in the 2000s.
There you have it, our list of 10 best movies like Saw X. What do you think about our picks? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.