Saw VII to Compete with Final Destination 5 for Worst Title Ever
07.09.10 by Ryan
Every horror franchise struggles with titles once the number of sequels start piling up. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives was an attempt to let fans know that Jason was still alive, despite several attempts to destroy him (and one copycat). The sixth Nightmare on Elm Street avoided numerals with the title Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare so that fans would be shocked when Freddy came back later in Wes Craven's New Nightmare. The makers of the fifth Final Destination movie and the seventh Saw must know that a flashy title is important in order to convince viewers to return to the theaters, but are they daring each other to invent the worst title ever?
Saw IV, V, and VI screenwriters Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan were the first to mention that a new title might present itself for Saw VII by admitting that their conceived title during the writing process was Saw VII Endgame. The title had a lot going for it: It inferred that it might be the end (classic hallmark trickery of an enduring horror franchise), and still kept the number around so no one would be confused as to which Saw they were watching.
The makers of Final Destination 5, however, eschewed such wisdom, and indeed even logic, by choosing to rename the upcoming sequel 5nal Destination. Clearly this upset the makers of Saw VII, because they are taking this "terrible title" competition very seriously. ShockTillYouDrop reports that Saw VII's title has been changed to Saw 3D The Traps Come Alive, thereby stealing what might work as a title for a behind-the-scenes featurette on the eventual DVD and putting it on the marquee instead.
The report claims that more of Saw 3D The Traps Come Alive will be revealed at the San Diego Comic-Con, but, until then, director Kevin Greutert released a few behind-the-scenes photos which "came to life" on his website. Greutert claims even more are on the way.
Soon you will start seeing real pictures from Saw VII, since I’m not allowed to show anything spoilerific (the sooner the better, in fact, with the Paranormal Activity 2 trailer out there petrifying Twilight audiences across the land...) The movie is a sledgehammer of SAWishness, with more traps, more craziness, and more die-mensions than we’ve ever tried before, and I can’t wait for everyone to see it.
Saw 3D The Traps Come Alive opens October 22, the same day as Paranormal Activity 2. Greutert was initially hired to direct Paranormal 2 before a contractual option was exercised that forced him to direct Saw...you know, 3D. The Traps Come Alive...
So what do you think? Which title is worse? Or is it a stalemate?