'Spiral' trailer has iconic 'Saw' moments and the film promises to be a worthy reboot of the classic slasher

'Spiral' trailer has iconic 'Saw' moments and the film promises to be a worthy reboot of the classic slasher
Chris Rock in 'Spiral' (Screengrab/YouTube)

Waking up chained to a wall with only a hacksaw within your reach. That’s as classic a ‘Saw’ moment as can ever be. But there’s something about seeing that scene with Chris Rock in it, instead of Leigh Whannell or Cary Elwes, that is unsettling. But that’s the trailer of ‘Spiral’ for you. 

A reboot of the 2004 cult classic slasher flick, ‘Spiral’ both stars and is executive produced by Chris Rock. It also stars Samuel L. Jackson, who is on-brand as he throws in a casual “motherf***er” in the trailer. 

It starts with two cops, Rock and his partner Max Minghella (of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ fame), cruising around the city, bantering, when they receive a call about a police officer’s death. The two decide to check it out and from there, things go south as they realize someone, whose calling card is spiral markings (exactly like that on Jigsaw’s mask’s cheeks) is murdering cops in a grisly fashion.



As per Lionsgate’s official synopsis for ‘Spiral’, “a sadistic mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in ‘Spiral,’ the terrifying new chapter from the book of ‘Saw.’ Working in the shadow of an esteemed police veteran (Jackson), brash detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks (Rock) and his rookie partner (Minghella) take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer’s morbid game.”

As of now, it is unclear whether Tobin Bell will reprise his role as the serial killer Jigsaw in this reboot (that happens to be the ninth film in the ‘Saw’ franchise). What is clear from the trailer, however, is like previous installments of the slasher series, this too will feature gory torture devices that will put the killer’s victims to test.


One can, of course, hope for good things from this film. After all, ‘Spiral’ is directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, a veteran of the slasher franchise, who wrote and directed ‘Saw II’ and directed ‘Saw III’ and ‘Saw IV’. Not just that, the film’s script comes from ‘Jigsaw’ writer Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger.

‘Spiral’ will hit theaters nationwide on May 15, 2020.

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