Saw: The Gruesome Reality Behind the Traps
by Horror Stock on December 09, 2022
The Saw movie franchise is known for its gruesome and complex traps, designed to test the limits of its victims and push them to their breaking point. However, upon closer examination, many of these traps reveal significant flaws that make them improbable, if not impossible, in the real world.
One of the most iconic traps from the franchise is the "Reverse Bear Trap," which is first introduced in the first Saw film. In the movie, the trap is attached to the victim's head and will only open if the victim can find the correct key in a small box of numerous keys within a set time limit. However, the design of the trap is fundamentally flawed. For one, the mechanism that holds the trap closed is not strong enough to withstand the strength of a human jaw, and the victim would likely be able to break free from the trap with minimal effort. Additionally, the small box of keys would not be able to contain the number of keys required to make the trap's time limit fair, rendering the entire setup pointless.
Another trap that is widely criticized for its flaws is the "Needle Pit" from Saw II. In this trap, the victim is placed in a pit filled with hypodermic needles, and must make their way to the other side within a set time limit. However, this trap also falls apart upon closer examination. First, the vast number of needles required to fill a pit large enough for a person to fit in would be unrealistic and impractical. Additionally, the needles themselves would not be able to support the weight of a person, causing them to bend or break upon contact. This would make it impossible for the victim to make their way through the pit without injury.
One trap that is often overlooked for its flaws is the "Freezer" from Saw III. In this trap, the victim is locked in a freezer and must find a way to escape before they freeze to death. However, the design of the freezer is highly impractical. For one, the amount of air in the freezer would not be sufficient to sustain a person for the length of time indicated in the film. Additionally, the temperature inside the freezer would not be low enough to cause a person to freeze to death within the time limit given. In reality, the victim would likely be able to escape the freezer with minimal difficulty.
Despite the gruesome and imaginative nature of the traps in the Saw franchise, they are not without their flaws. Many of the traps rely on unrealistic scenarios and impractical designs, making them implausible in the real world. While these flaws may not detract from the entertainment value of the films, they do serve as a reminder that the traps in Saw should not be attempted in real life.