Time is wasting: con/sequence and s/pace in the Saw series

Jones, Steve (2010) Time is wasting: con/sequence and s/pace in the Saw series. Horror Studies, 1 (2). pp. 225-239. ISSN 2040-3275

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Horror film sequels have not received as much serious critical attention as they deserve this is especially true of the Saw franchise, which has suffered a general dismissal under the derogatory banner Torture Porn. In this article I use detailed textual analysis of the Saw series to expound how film sequels employ and complicate expected temporal and spatial relations in particular, I investigate how the Saw sequels tie space and time into their narrative, methodological and moral sensibilities. Far from being a gimmick or a means of ensuring loyalty to the franchise (one has to be familiar with the events of previous episodes to ascertain what is happening), it is my contention that the Saw cycle directly requests that we examine the nature of space and time, in terms of both cinematic technique and our lived, off-screen temporal/spatial orientations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Saw, horror film, sequels, space, time, torture porn
Subjects: P300 Media studies
W600 Cinematics and Photography
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
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Depositing User: Steve Jones
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2012 12:08
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 13:46
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/9132

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