SAW by Ben PooleSAW by Ben Poole


byBen Poole

Paperback | September 18, 2011

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Like all game changers within the horror genre, SAW was an independent success, a low-budget champion that flourished without the patronage of a big studio. Not bad for the most successful horror franchise ever, which has spawned subsidiary media and masses of merchandise, including a theme park rollercoaster ride. What is it about SAW that attracted such a following? In his contribution to the "Devil's Advocates" series, Ben Poole considers the SAW phenomenon from all aspects of film and media studies - from its generic pedigree in both literature and film, to the visceral audience pleasures ("what would I do?") of the text, to the contrasting representations of men and women and the film's implicit criticism of masculinity.

Ben Poole teaches film and media in Cardiff High School, Wales.
Title:SAWFormat:PaperbackDimensions:112 pagesPublished:September 18, 2011Publisher:AuteurLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1906733562

ISBN - 13:9781906733568


Table of Contents

Introduction ProductionThe Horror Film and the Studio SystemTextual Analysis Narrative in SAWRepresentationThemes and Issues ArisingAudiencesSAW and SequelsCritical ReceptionGame Over?Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

Undeniably, Saw stands as an important entry in the horror cycle of the 2000s and Poole's monograph is an indispensable resource in understanding the film's traumatic power.