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A couple of days ago I watched the film SAW released by Lions Gate Films and Twisted Pictures. Although my name is not Leigh Whannell or James Wan who are the writers and director, it does have an Ayko style to it.
The film is excellent and not that bloody. Much of the horror stems from the sarcastic humor mixed with the terror of isolation while being tormented by an unknown punisher of crimes who is represented by a sinister looking puppet on a tricycle. I have the DVD Director's Cut version and still the film has very little blood and very few shock moments of fright. The German DVD is FSK 18 (Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle der Filmwirtschaft or Voluntary Self-control of the Film Industry) which is supposed to be a warning to parents, as if any parents pay much attention to the rating system while teens search and search for the FSK 18 version instead of FSK 16, 12, or whatever. I doubt there is even much difference.
This night I watched Shawshank Redemption, released by Warner Bros and Castle Rock Entertainment, and based on the Stephen King novel, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. Another excellent film, but that film has a FSK 12 rating although the psychological horror is just as present and includes one scene of murder and one brutal scene of suicide.
I believe the point I am making is clear. Shawshank Redemption is more horrific than SAW. The former is very realistic and perhaps even based on a true story. SAW delivers a message of what could be, but no puppet named Jigsaw is going to ride his tricycle terrorizing white collar and blue collar criminals. That is the department of Stix and his Devil Phantoms.