Jigsaw (2002)

jigsawStarring Barret Walz, Aimee Bravo, Mia Zifkin, Arthur Simone, Maren Lindow, James Palmer, Mark Vollmers, David Wesley Cooper

Directed by Don Adams & Harry James Picardi

Expectations: Very low, but that cover is pretty awesome. Well, to me anyway.

On the general scale:
twostar

On the B-movie scale:
threestar


To judge Jigsaw by its cover is to assume that the film will be composed of a pieced-together mannequin man killing (or at least maiming) the characters in the film. You might even assume that the film is about him, like the way that the Friday the 13th movies are really more about Jason than the sexually active teenagers, especially for the fans. But Jigsaw is really neither, as most of the film revolves around a small group of students making a collaborative art project for their 30-something, lustful teacher, and then getting shitfaced in a little neighborhood bar called Sneaky Pete’s. But don’t just take my word for it! (That’s your cue to listen to this clip below:)

Each student receives a mannequin’s body part and is told to decorate it however they like. Some characters take this to heart and pour their darkest secrets into their work, while others simply do the bare minimum and call it a day. Thankfully for them, they never get graded, as through some unexplained forces the Jigsaw man comes to life and begins killing the students. If you’re OK with a mannequin coming to life for no reason other than “It’s a horror movie, ” and you enjoy low-budget movies, then you’ll find a lot to like about Jigsaw. All others need not apply, although I’m sure the cover alone is enough to send mainstream people running far, far away from this one.

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