Horror Movie "Saw" and Surveillance

Certain people get a joy or a certain high off of watching scary movies. In the past 10 years there has been an increase in the “personally filmed” area. We still have monsters, aliens, vampires, werewolves, and all the other scary things that go bump in the night to entertain the people that enjoy that type of movie. In this later generation our sensitivity to things has gone down the drain, and it takes more of a brutal experience to scare most people nowadays. The intimate vibe you get from the Saw movies makes you feel dirty and creepy. Watching the struggle from the other side is what people enjoy doing. Not only that, but you get to see what others don’t. You get to be inside the action. You get to be the one watching, stalking, and preying on the victims.

Primary Materials

  • Internet Movie Database website
  • Lionsgate Movies, Saw 1,2,3,4,5, and 6
  • Youtube Videos

How many times have you watched a movie that made you question what’s right and wrong?

Analysis

When coming up with my topic I thought that personal surveillance, stalking, and government surveillance were the best fit. Personal surveillance is when an individual watches or takes note about someone or something for an extended period of time. Stalking is when an individual watches someone for long periods of time but may also come into contact with them at any point. Government surveillance is when the government watches or polices pretty much whatever they feel like for any reason. These types of surveillance go hand in hand with the movie series “Saw” for many reasons.

In the movie “Saw,” a man named John Kramer becomes deathly ill with cancer. He comes to realize that he has taken his life for granted in so many ways, so he decides to make other people pay for taking their lives for granted. He becomes this alter ego known as Jigsaw because he wants to, "play a game." He sets people up, with no discrimination, in ironic life changing situations and watches to see if they change for the better. This is where I think the personal surveillance comes in. Jigsaw watches each and every person go through their challenges and gets a sort of high off of.

The stalking comes into play when he looks them up online and watches them while they work and go through their daily lives. When he finds someone who fits what he’s looking for he kidnaps them. He has even gone so far in other movies to pay people to take pictures and videos of others to get his point across. The government is in way over there head in this series of movies, which is why I think government surveillance is relevant. In the second movie Jigsaw captures an officer’s son and makes him play the game. A government official gets so wrapped up in the case, among others, and drives himself to insanity. He eventually gets fired for getting so crazy about the killings. The government sets up watch teams and cameras and even goes so far as to bring in the SWAT team, and members of the service.

So what's the point?

When coming up with my topic I thought that personal surveillance, stalking, and government surveillance were the best fit. Personal surveillance is when an individual watches or takes note about someone or something for an extended period of time. Stalking is when an individual watches someone for long periods of time but may also come into contact with them at any point. Government surveillance is when the government watches or polices pretty much whatever they feel like for any reason. These types of surveillance go hand in hand with the movie series “Saw” for many reasons.

In the movie “Saw,” a man named John Kramer becomes deathly ill with cancer. He comes to realize that he has taken his life for granted in so many ways, so he decides to make other people pay for taking their lives for granted. He becomes this alter ego known as Jigsaw because he wants to “play a game.” He sets people up, with no discrimination, in ironic life changing situations and watches to see if they change for the better. This is where I think the personal surveillance comes in. Jigsaw watches each and every person go through their challenges and gets a sort of high off of.

The stalking comes into play when he looks them up online and watches them while they work and go through their daily lives. When he finds someone who fits what he’s looking for he kidnaps them. He has even gone so far in other movies to pay people to take pictures and videos of others to get his point across. The government is in way over there head in this series of movies, which is why I think government surveillance is relevant. In the second movie Jigsaw captures an officer’s son and makes him play the game. A government official gets so wrapped up in the case, among others, and drives himself to insanity. He eventually gets fired for getting so crazy about the killings. The government sets up watch teams and cameras and even goes so far as to bring in the SWAT team, and members of the service.

Written by: Felicia Elam

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