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15 Surprising Facts About the Making of Saw III

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These 15 little-known facts about the making of Saw III will help you see the movie in a whole new light—if, that is, you’re brave enough to un-shield your eyes.

1. Director Darren Lynn Bousman changed the film’s chronology in the editing room.

In the original script, the scene with Donny Wahlberg in the bathroom was supposed to appear midway through Saw III. Bousman changed it to the film’s first scene in order to pick up exactly where Saw II left off.


2. Saw III screenwriter and Saw franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell appears in the first three Saw movies.

His character, Adam (the man we find chained in the bathroom in Saw), is seen in flashbacks in Saw III.


3. The first cut of Saw III was 3½ hours long.

It was ultimately slimmed down to 121 minutes.


4. The film’s medical jargon is accurate.

Whannell interviewed real surgeons from the UCLA Medical Center to make sure everything was copacetic.


5. The MPAA originally gave Saw III an NC-17 rating because of all the gratuitous gore.

Certain scenes, like the one in which a man is stuck in the twisting limbs trap, had to be re-edited and re-submitted as many as seven separate times before the film was able to receive an R rating.


6. Director and musician Rob Zombie lent a hand in editing the film.

The Saw III filmmakers asked Zombie, a friend, to help edit the film so as to receive a lower rating from the MPAA. Zombie had dealt with similar restrictions on gore from the MPAA on his horror films House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects. Zombie’s contributions are uncredited in the final film.


7. Saw III is the first film in the Saw franchise to feature nudity.

Unsurprisingly, the previous films earned their mature ratings on gore alone.


8. All of Saw III was shot on set in a giant warehouse studio in Toronto.

There is no on-location footage in the movie whatsoever.

9. Saw III was filmed in only 28 days, and shot in chronological order.

At $10 million, its budget was the highest in the Saw franchise at the time.


10. Shooting began without a complete script.

Much of the dialogue—and even whole scenes—were thought up or improvised on the day of shooting.


11. J. Larose, who plays Troy (the victim forced to rip chains from his chest to escape a bomb), has appeared in all of Darren Lynn Bousman’s movies.

He even appears in the student films Bousman made in college.


12. The creepy doll that Jigsaw uses to tease his victims is named “Billy.”

While the doll’s name is never mentioned in the films, it is designated as such in the script.


13. Tobin Bell, who plays Jigsaw, helped design Jigsaw’s lair.

Bell worked with the film’s production designer to decide what should go on the walls and which torture devices would be found there.


14. The rotten pigs in one of the torture scenes were made from foam rubber latex.

Only four were made, and editing tricks were used in the final film to make it seem like there were more.


15. The bathroom set used in Saw III was actually borrowed and redressed from the production of Scary Movie 4.

How’s this for meta? Scary Movie 4 created the set (modeling it after the bathroom in the first Saw movie) specifically to spoof the Saw movies.

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Holiday Extra Special

Make The Holidays ’80s Again

Enjoy the holiday cheer Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.

A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.

Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.

The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:

Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa

The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.

A Muppet Family Christmas

The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas

To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It Ain't Over Yet

A Guide to Coping with the End of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Watch the final episodes tonight at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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After five seasons and 110 halved-hour episodes, Scott Aukerman’s hipster comedy opus, Comedy Bang! Bang!, has come to an end. Fridays at 11 and 11:30P will never be the same. We know it can be hard for fans to adjust after the series finale of their favorite TV show. That’s why we’ve prepared this step-by-step guide to managing your grief.

Step One: Cry it out

It’s just natural. We’re sad too.
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Step Two: Read the CB!B! IMDB Trivia Page

The show is over and it feels like you’ve lost a friend. But how well did you really know this friend? Head over to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s IMDB page to find out some things you may not have known…like that it’s “based on a Civil War battle of the same name” or that “Reggie Watts was actually born with the name Theodore Leopold The Third.”

Step Three: Listen to the podcast

One fascinating piece of CB!B! trivia that you might not learn from IMDB is that there’s a podcast that shares the same name as the TV show. It’s even hosted by Scott Aukerman! It’s not exactly like watching the TV show on a Friday night, but that’s only because each episode is released Monday morning. If you close your eyes, the podcast is just like watching the show with your eyes closed!

Step Four: Watch brand new CB!B! clips?!

The best way to cope with the end of Comedy Bang! Bang! is to completely ignore that it’s over — because it’s not. In an unprecedented move, IFC is opening up the bonus CB!B! content vault. There are four brand new, never-before-seen sketches featuring Scott Aukerman, Kid Cudi, and “Weird Al” Yankovic ready for you to view on the IFC App. There’s also one right here, below this paragraph! Watch all four b-b-bonus clips and feel better.

Binge the entire final season, plus exclusive sketches, right now on the IFC app.

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Everybody Sweats Now

The Four-Day Sweatsgiving Weekend On IFC

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This long holiday weekend is your time to gobble gobble gobble and give heartfelt thanks—thanks for the comfort and forgiveness of sweatpants. Because when it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more wholesome and American than stuffing yourself stupid and spending endless hours in front of the TV in your softest of softests.

So get the sweats, grab the remote and join IFC for four perfect days of entertainment.

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It all starts with a 24-hour T-day marathon of Rocky Horror Picture Show, then continues Friday with an all-day binge of Stan Against Evil.

By Saturday, the couch will have molded to your shape. Which is good, because you’ll be nestled in for back-to-back Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

Finally, come Sunday it’s time to put the sweat back in your sweatpants with The Shining, The Exorcist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Terminator 2, and Blade: Trinity. They totally count as cardio.

As if you need more convincing, here’s Martha Wash and the IFC&C Music Factory to hammer the point home.

The Sweatsgiving Weekend starts Thursday on IFC

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