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UK: Lionsgate UK
Cast: Tobin Bell, Julie Benz, Scott Patterson, Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell, Mark Rolston, Carlo Rota, Greg Bryk, Laura Gordon, Meagan Good, Danny Glover, Shawnee Smith, Natalie Brown, Donnie Wahlberg, Angus Macfadyen, Joris Jarsky, Sheila Shah, Samantha Lemole, Mike Butters
Director: David Hackl
USA: 88 mins
UK: 92 mins
USA Rated: R for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, language and brief nudity
UK Certificate: 18 contains strong bloody violence
USA Release Date: 24 October 2008
UK Release Date: 24 October 2008
SAW I broke the mould. II took it up a notch. III killed a legend. IV created a legacy. And this Halloween, four years since it all began; it's time for another year's twists, traps and torture in SAW V.
In 2004, Lionsgate Films released a low-budget horror film from an unknown writer/director team and a fairly unknown cast. But, its mixture of extreme gore and unpredictable twists offered audiences something new and it ended up taking over $100 million worldwide, spawning the much-debated horror sub-genre of torture porn.
The last two SAW films were made for just $10 million each and both made box office revenues of well over $100 million showing just how popular the franchise really is. Now Lionsgate UK will release the 5th instalment of the most successful horror series ever...SAW V.
SAW V will see forensics expert Hoffmann (Costas Mandylor) goes on the hunt in order to protect the secret that he is the newest person to carry on Jigsaw's (Tobin Bell) legacy, as he takes over Jigsaw's reign.
Co-starring Julie Benz, Scott Patterson, Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell, Mark Rolston, Meagan Good, Danny Glover and Shawnee Smith, SAW V is directed by David Hackl and the screenplay is written by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan.
Watch out in 2009 though, as it doesn't stop at V! The franchise continues with SAW VI and the first SAW video game (did no-one think of that sooner?) typically set for Halloween next year.