Highly anticipated horror movies go rather one of both ways, extremely satisfying or disappointing. I am glad to say that Spiral: From the Book of Saw is on the satisfying side of reboots. While there is a hell of a lot to unpack here that I cannot even type in the review. I also prepped for this movie watching all the sequels to the original and I have to say, a lot of them are much better than I remembered them being when I was growing up in high school. As far as my favorite sequels before Spiral it goes, Chapter 5,3,2 with 5 having the overall most interesting cast before Spiral in my opinion.
However, when we get to Spiral: From the Book of Saw, it is, the best way to start fresh for a franchise that has been often mistreated in its later years as movies that are so bad, they are good. Which is fine to an extent, but fans of the formula do not really want or need that now after what James Wan birthed in the original film and what Darren Lynn Bousman helped raise while giving the franchise some of the best ideas while some ideas that did not quite pay off.
Spiral still holds true to the Saw memo to show us that humans are the real monsters and show us humans true colors when put in life altering challenges that Darren does so well with elaborated trap pieces that fans will grow to love with Spiral and will also be happy that it stays true to that formula. The weird thing about this is that it is Chris Rock’s fan fiction for the franchise.
Which if you do remember before filming, he stated he was a huge fan of the franchise and wanted to do a fresh take on it and along with Chris joining the franchise we also have the most established cast that does not water down the franchise at all. I know, a lot of people hate it when horror movies have an all-star cast, because the cast never makes the horror movie great it is the story.
The cast is phenomenal and fires on all cylinders especially the chemistry between Chris Rock and Max Minghella are absolutely to die for watching them bounce off each other on screen. We are lucky enough to have this most professional cast to date and not have been used with the comedy that Chris Rock is known for. Spiral is 95% serious as there are a few comedic moments to let your guard down for a quick second then to only make you jump via jump scare. Max is the true scene stealer here however, because you know what you are going to get with Rock and Jackson, but Max brings a lot of heart with his character.
Overall, I am looking forward to a new beginning with Spiral: From the Book of Saw offers us at the right with its important message during the third act. It’s even more beneficial to the movie that covid happened last year and having dealt with what the public has its bound to resonate a lot more with the audience.
Grade: 4/5 stars
Written By: AJ Friar