You can thank a sound engineer for the sound you heard on the intro to the grisly trailer for Tiger King 2, the latest film in the Saw franchise.
That sound we heard was the first leak of a trailer for this gruesome five-minute clip. The first image of the film – dead sphinxes, skeletons, priestesses cloaked in black and captives with decapitated heads falling from trees – has already been making the rounds online, but you wouldn’t know that from the trailer. It looks like the inevitable burn-out by the third instalment of the franchise has reached a new level of gore. If it’s any consolation, the second film, Saw 3D: Battle for the Asylum, in 2010, only featured a better soundtrack.
John Kramer, as played by Tobin Bell in the first Saw, was the main character in the 2003 original and, much like Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, a character who you wanted to better understand. That is until he started to get weird.
Jigsaw – or Jigsaw as he is now – is known to be somewhat of a mysterious figure. Loved by viewers and widely disliked by production-team members, Jigsaw’s backstory is his serial killer’s means of coping with his loss. He began killing in a post-traumatic stress episode stemming from a childhood car accident that had involved an overweight fan of an ice cream maker.
Lifelong bullies turned into famous collectors of ice cream, and Jigsaw is ostensibly inspired by the Cold War subgenre of Holocaust movies such as The Grey Zone. When he hired an expert to dissect one of the ice cream makers, he obtained an object so valuable, he fell into the millionaire pool, gaining the confidence of Johnny Storm (aka the Incredible Hulk) and messing around with superhero action figures.
He was eventually jailed for 19 years after five children were kidnapped for ransom, and while in prison, Jigsaw began creating a doll collection. Over the years, his collection grew, and in 1997 he set out to prove that his doll collection was worth more than his prison sentence. On his release, he ended up devising a plan for some serial killers to be taken down, recruiting a bio-mechanical monster called Jigsaw Jr.