Saw X Director Confirms Police Showed Up During Editing
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The eyeball trap, which was teased in a Saw X clip garnered attention from fans for its brutality, as well as its difficulty which proved divisive. The clip shows a hospital sanitation worker strapped to a chair. With suction tubes attached to his eyes, escaping the trap would require turning a dial all the way to "5" which would prevent his eyes from being sucked out, but break each of his five fingers. With only 60 seconds to decide, screams of "I can't" followed by intense pain soon follow.
“There was a knock at the door,” Greutert tells NME. “We have the doorbell [camera] video of the police walking up, [Steve Forn answering the door] and the police saying, ‘The neighbors [have been] calling and saying someone’s being tortured to death in here.’"
First assistant editor Steve Forn received the knock from the LA police department. Greutert continues, "And he [Forn] was like, ‘Actually, I’m just working on a movie… You can come in and see it if you want?’ The cops started laughing! They said, 'We want to but, you know, you’re all right.' It must have been a pretty realistic performance! It’s a pretty funny story… Plus Steve is such a mild-mannered guy. I can only imagine the look on his face when he realized what was happening!"
Saw X Has Drawn High Praise From Fans and Critics
Alongside praise for the eyeball trap, Saw X is seen as a return to form for the long-running franchise, scoring a franchise-first "Fresh" score on Rotten Tomatoes. Greutert's last outing as Saw director was Saw 3D, expected to be the last given the dwindling interest after Tobin's (John Kramer) death. Saw 3D ended up being a box office success, and after reflecting on killing Kramer so early into the franchise, Saw X seems poised to continue its legacy.
Saw X is currently in theaters.