Saw V

Trivia: When Agent Strahm is in his head box trap screaming, there is a lot of flash-cutting, including a shot of an outtake of the actor smiling with a towel in the cube and staff around him. Happens exactly at 9:52:370 into the movie, or frame 14203. VERY fast and easy to miss.

Trivia: (Spoiler) Strahm is killed by the walls of the final room crushing him. However, in the original script, rather than the walls crushing, the room was supposed to fill with water, thus mirroring that trap that nearly killed Strahm in the beginning of the movie. Due to practicality reasons, this idea was dropped, though it does explain the air-tubes coming of the glass box. (Which would have been for Strahm to breath.)

Trivia: Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, the writers of both "Saw IV" and "Saw V", have a cameo in the flashback of Hoffman being kidnapped and meeting Jigsaw for the first time. When Hoffman is about to get on the elevator right before getting kidnapped, Dunstan is the second man to exit the elevator (he is in black and has a beard), right after the snobbish woman. Melton is the tall man who exits the elevator last before Hoffman enters.


Trivia: The coffin trap at the end of the movie, in which the walls move in, is based on a drawing done by director David Hackl's young son. (DVD extras)

Trivia: In the beginning of the movie, Seth's trap consists of a bladed pendulum swinging towards him. We are told Seth is also a criminal. Agent Strahm's trap consists of a room closing in towards him. These are elements of the story "The Pit & the Pendulum," written by Edgar Allan Poe, who is widely considered to be the father of the horror genre and detective genre, both of which are used heavily in the film. Another of Poe's stories, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," is also similar to the film. Ashley is decapitated, while a character in the story suffers near-decapitation. The characters in this story are also in a room locked from the inside.

Trivia: At one point, Strahm's head-trap was going to be featured at the end of "Saw IV", but it was eventually decided by the filmmakers that the trap was strong enough that it could be one of the featured traps in "Saw V."


Trivia: Much like "Saw IV" containing some subtle parallels to the original, this film contains several parallels to "Saw II", in an effort by the writers to create a second-trilogy that rhymed with the original. Parallels include: -Both films feature a lead officer-type protagonist who seals their own fate by refusing to listen to the rules and giving into aggression and personal hate. (Detective Matthews/Agent Strahm) -Both films contain a B-storyline about a group of characters whose refusal to work together leads to several dying. (The Nerve-Gas House/Five-Will-Become-One storyline) -Both films spend much of their time delving into the backstory of the lead antagonist and how they came to be. (Jigsaw/Detective Hoffman.) -Both films include a nod to the bathroom from the original. (It appears on-screen in "Saw II", and the door outside of it is visible briefly in "Saw V") -Both films end up down in the underground passageways beneath of the nerve-gas house/bathroom.

Trivia: Danny Glover (who appeared in the original film) was evidently interested in reprising his role of Detective Tapp for a flashback cameo after the production approached him, but he was unfortunately unable to follow-through due to a scheduling conflict with another film.

Trivia: Director David Hackl had been a production designed and second-unit director on the previous three films, and managed to secure the position directing this entry (his feature debut) due to his intimate knowledge of the series and its visual style.

Trivia: The scene where Hoffman saves Corbett from the meat-packing plant in the beginning was partially shot during production of "Saw IV" and was originally going to appear at the end of that film. It was combined with some new footage and included in the beginning of this entry.

Trivia: The elderly couple who notices Jill Tuck in the waiting room near the beginning are actually the parents of the film's casting director, and the receptionist in the scene is played by a receptionist who works for Twisted Pictures (which produces the "Saw" films) in real life.


Continuity mistake: When Seth has been sliced by the blade, he spits blood that goes all over his face. It then cuts to Hoffman looking at him, then back to Seth, and now the blood on his face has gone. This happens three or four times. (00:05:10)

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Jigsaw: Hello Seth, I want to play a game. Right now, you are feeling helpless. This is the same helplessness you bestowed onto others. But now, it's unto you. Some would call this karma, I call it justice. Now you served five years of what should have been a life sentence, for murder. A technicality gave you freedom, but it inhibited you from understanding the impact of taking a life. Today, I offer you true freedom. In thirty seconds, the pendulum will drop far enough to touch your body. Within sixty seconds, it will cut you in half. To avoid the pendulum, all you have to do is destroy the things that have killed... Your hands. You must insert your hands and push the buttons to start the devices before you. Your bones will be crushed to dust. Will you destroy the things that have taken life in order to save one, Seth? Make your choice.

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Question: The second trap, they had to break jars open that were on the ceiling and get into the safety chambers, but there were "only three" for four people... Those were some pretty long, tall chambers. Couldn't the two smallest people share a single chamber, and all four survive? Especially since they look tall enough for two people to lie down right on top of each other.

Answer: That was the entire point of the trap. Each trap in the overall game was meant for them to all work together. The tape for this trap asks "Who will be the odd man out?" They took this to mean that one person had to remain outside the chambers, but what it really meant was two people would each share a chamber (assuming all five survived the first trap) and one person would occupy the third chamber all by themselves. Charles realised this and tried to tell everyone, but was unfortunately killed by the explosion before he could.

Phaneron Premium member

Nope actually he said who of you 4 has to he knew was 4 survivors?

He does not say that at all. The exact wording is "With only three points of safety, which of you will be the odd man out?" At no point does the tape say that one of them has to die. That would be completely contradictory to the point that the five of them were supposed to work together to safely get through every trap.

Phaneron Premium member

Not what he meant. He knows human nature is survival at the expense of someone else. He set the trap so all could survive, but he knows the panic and self-preservation will lead the group to sacrifice someone.


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