Spierig Brothers' Jigsaw (2017) - Torture Porn Rebooted?

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHorror
Subtitle of host publicationA Companion
EditorsSimon Bacon
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherPeter Lang
Pages85-92
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781787079212
ISBN (Print)9781787079199
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2019
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After a seven-year hiatus, the Saw franchise returned. Critics overwhelmingly disapproved of the franchise’s reinvigoration, and much of that dissention centred around a label that is synonymous with Saw: ‘torture porn’. Numerous critics pegged the original Saw (2004) as torture porn’s prototype. Accordingly, critics characterised Jigsaw’s release as heralding an unwelcome ‘torture porn comeback’. This chapter investigates the legitimacy of this concern in order to determine what ‘torture porn’ is and means in the Jigsaw era.