So, you’ve decided to relive the epic bloodshed depicted in James-Wan-directed gore, horror flick, Saw by looking out for similarly themed movies. Well, you ask and we shall deliver. Although it goes without saying, in your search for movies like Saw, you must first complete watching the whole Saw franchise consisting of a total of seven Saw sequel films.
Released in 2004, the psychological thriller is based on the short subject horror film of the same name by James Wan and Leigh Whannell. With the likes of Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter, and Ken Leung among others in its cast, the first installment in the Saw series went on to become one of the most profitable horror films.
With its estimated worldwide profits amounting to over $100 million, Saw nearly gained a hundred times more as compared to its low budget of $1.2 million. The plot of Saw takes on a mystery theme set in a bathroom wherein two strangers must find a way out of the deadly game perpetrated by the infamous Jigsaw Killer.
While there are not many who like the grueling and intense appeal of the Saw films but if you’re one of those few, I tip my hat to your endurance of watching the psychologically thrilling torture genre. And in respect of that, we’ll be taking a look at the top twenty-something gore and bloody movies like Saw that are just as morally questionable.
Top 7 Movies Like Saw
#1 Hostel (2005)
Starting off with Eli Roth’s 2005 horror flick that generated a wild buzz among gore-loving audiences. The brutal torture scenes in Hostel find the commonality with the Saw film series. Starring the multinational cast of Jay Hernandez, Eyþór Guðjónsson, Derek Richardson, and Barbara Nedeljáková, it is the first installment in the Hostel trilogy.
The story of Hostel centers around three backpackers namely Paxton, Josh, and Oli who in an interesting turn of events head to an exotic hostel in Slovakia. But what awaits them is their worst nightmare full of hellish tortures.
Runtime: 1h 34min
Director: Eli Roth
Cast: Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson, Eyþór Guðjónsson, Barbara Nedeljáková, Rick Hoffman
#2 Would You Rather (2012)
Having premiered at 2012 Screamfest, the psychological flick is based on the ‘Would You Rather’ party game. Directed by David Guy Levy, the horror thriller drama features the duo of Brittany Snow and Jeffrey Combs in the lead.
The plot of Would You Rather partakes in similar life-threatening games just as in the Saw films. The story takes on a woman named Iris at a dinner party where she must secure a donor to help her sick brother in one of the most gruesome and deadly series of events.
Runtime: 1h 33min
Director: David Guy Levy
Cast: Brittany Snow, Jeffrey Combs, Jonny Coyne, Enver Gjokaj, Sasha Grey, Lawrence Gilliard Jr.
#3 The Collection (2012)
Up next in the list of movies like Saw, we’ve got Marcus-Dunstan-directed horror film – The Collection. Starring the likes of Randall Archer, Emma Fitzpatrick, Christopher McDonald, and others, the psychological thriller is packed with twisted humor.
The Collection serves as a sequel set on the continuation story of the 2009 film, The Collector. The plot follows Arkin who instead of recovering from the past trauma is kidnapped. Forced to team up with mercenaries, the story takes on a series of deadly booby-trapped events in order to track down and rescue an innocent girl, Elena.
Runtime: 1h 22min
Director: Marcus Dunstan
Cast: Josh Stewart, Emma Fitzpatrick, Lee Tergesen, Christopher McDonald
#4 House Of Wax (2005)
The 2005 American-Australian horror film is a loose remake of the 1953 film of the same name. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, House of Wax was released under Warner Bros. Pictures and was even premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
The plot of the horror flick follows the story based on Charles S. Belden’s The Wax Works. While on their way to a football game, six friends end up in the uncannily spooky town of Ambrose. What follows is a series of deadly events wherein the group must fight to survive the murderous twins – the Sinclairs.
Runtime: 1h 53min
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Cast: Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Brian Van Holt, Paris Hilton, Jared Padalecki, Jon Abrahams, Robert Ri’chard
#5 Vacancy (2007)
Coming up next, we’ve got the 2007-released Vacancy that takes on Saw’s suspenseful and scary theme of being trapped. Starring the outstanding cast including Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson, the American horror-thriller film is directed by Nimród Antal.
The plot follows David and Amy Fox, who in a series of unfortunate events, end up in an estranged motel. However, the movies featuring in the TV features only slasher movies recorded in the very same room. After learning that they’re being watched, the couple must find a way to escape so as to not become the next victims of the cult movie series.
Runtime: 1h 25min
Director: Nimród Antal
Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Luke Wilson, Frank Whaley, Ethan Embry
#6 Untraceable (2008)
Starring Diane Lane, Colin Hanks, Billy Burke, and Joseph Cross in the Gregory-Hoblit-directed American psychological thriller film, Untraceable takes on the story written by the duo of Robert Fyvolent and Mark Brinker.
The story takes on in the setting of Portland, Oregon wherein a seemingly untraceable serial killer live streams the deadly events leading up to his victims’ death on the website that cannot be taken down. The plot follows the events of a cat and mouse chase in which FBI agent Jennifer Marsh is tasked to hunt down the killer.
Runtime: 1h 41min
Director: Gregory Hoblit
Cast: Diane Lane, Billy Burke, Colin Hanks, Joseph Cross, Mary Beth Hurt
#7 You’re Next (2011)
Up next, we’ve got a slasher film similar to the Saw franchise that has also gained a cult following. Directed and edited by Adam Wingard, You’re Next had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011.
With the likes of Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn among others featuring in the star cast, the plot of the film follows an estranged Davidson family who during their wedding anniversary getaway, comes under attack by a group of masked assailants.
Director: Adam Wingard
Cast: Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, A. J. Bowen, Joe Swanberg, Barbara Crampton, Rob Moran
Other Movies Like Saw That Are Worth The Watch
- The Collector (2009)
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)
- Cube (1997)
- Captivity (2007)
- Wrong Turn (2009)
- Dead Silence(2007)
- Compliance (2012)
- Green Room (20016)
- The Belko Experiment (2005)
- The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2009)
- Unfriended (2015)
- The Game (1997)
- Eden Lake (2008)
- Audition (1999)
- The Purge (2013)
With this, it’s time to conclude our list of similar movies like Saw. From the obvious sequels in the Saw franchise to other best slasher-themed films, we’ve covered twenty-something movies similar to the gruesome and gore plotline of the Saw films.
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