For this list, I developed a formula to assist me in sorting the films. The score is out of a possible 35.
*Disclaimer: These movies are gory and violent. They are not for those who get nauseous easily at the sight of blood.
No. 8: Saw 3D: The Final Chapter
The seventh installment in this horror series, and the original finale, is also the worst one. Outside of the return of Cary Elwes, nothing really stands out in this film. And even Elwes return to the franchise is mostly underwhelming.
No. 7: Saw V
This film falls pretty flat. It has weak acting performances and is an all round exhausted story. It is brutal and has little payoff to justify its gore.
No. 6: Saw IV
The storyline for the main character comes across as weak and forced. Saw easily could have ended after the first three and remained a trilogy. However this film's main goal is to attempt to fill in the plot holes created by the first three, but creates more along the way.
No. 5: Saw VI
This film nearly returns to what made the first three films successful. The story is a bit deeper and can provoke some thought from the viewers. This film has its moments of exhilaration but has to deal with an overly complex plot and subpar acting performances.
This installment builds upon its predecessor and takes the gore to higher levels while really introducing us to the killer of the series. This film is by no means great, but it is good enough to warrant at least seeing once, if you are not easily nauseated by blood that is.
To a lot of people, this is where the Saw series should have ended. Although it is still not a great movie, it does some things decent enough to justify being the last of a trilogy. This film has some slick gore effects, but still falls victim to the common plagues of the franchise: over complex plot and subpar acting. Albeit the acting isn't totally horrendous in this installment.
The newest installment helps get the Saw franchise back on the right track. This is the best shot film in the series. The acting is mediocre, but does a decent enough job to be enjoyable.
No. 1: Saw
Was there ever any question? This is the best Saw film by a landslide. It is still not a great film, but it has a good twist and some very intense moments. The film is so simple that it adds to its "charm". This film is the hook of the series, if you enjoy this one you will force yourself to watch the others.