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15 Surprising Facts About the Making of Saw III

SAW III, Shawnee Smith, Tobin Bell, 2006, ©Lions Gate/courtesy Everett Collection

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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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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…