Steve Wilkie
Owen Gleiberman
October 31, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Saw IV

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
95 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/26/07
performer
Costas Mandylor, Tobin Bell, Angus MacFadyen
director
Darren Bousman
distributor
Lions Gate Films
author
Marcus Dunstan, Patrick Melton
genre
Horror

We gave it a D+

The reports of torture porn’s demise may have been greatly exaggerated, but this fourth entry in the mutilate-yourself-or-die series joins what may be the worst genre of the decade: the lamely ”sympathetic” serial-killer backstory. The man behind Jigsaw, embodied by dour Tobin Bell, is dead, but there are flashbacks to how he became a psycho, and he haunts Saw IV with taped messages. He now imparts so many life lessons via his Rube Goldberg thresher devices that he’s starting to turn into the Rod Serling of severed body parts. Now that’s torture. D+

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