Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021)

One of the most popular horror franchises is still going strong with a new instalment, Spiral: From the Book of Saw.

Zeke Banks (Chris Rock) is a cop, and he’s not popular with his department. After turning in a dirty cop, he’s considered a snitch, and he likes to do things his own way, often getting himself in trouble. He’s also living in the shadow of his father, retired chief Marcus Banks (Samuel L Jackson), a department favourite. After Zeke’s last arrest fiasco, he’s assigned a rookie cop as punishment, William Schenk (Max Minghella), and together they investigate a copycat killer. Everyone remembers the Jigsaw Killer from 12 years ago, and it seems that there is a maniac on the streets who is killing again, starting with the tongue of Zeke’s colleague. It’s a gory game of cat and mouse, and despite their rocky relationship, Marcus helps Zeke and William figure out why this killer is sending him clues and how he’s choosing his victims before it’s too late.

Directed by Darren Lyn Bousman, Spiral: From the Book of Saw includes many callbacks from previous Saw films and the signature dismemberment in the most creative and gruesome ways. It’s part of the Saw mythos fans expect, the judge and jury of morally suspect people in positions of authority. Filmed in Toronto, the movie adds Hollywood star power with Jackson and Rock. The famed comedian came up with the concept and executive produced the film, along with the originators of this killer universe, James Wan and Leigh Whannell.

Review by Carolyn Mauricette





Canadian connection

Toronto, Ontario
The franchise has a home in Canada—Saw II, III, IV, V, VI, Saw 3D, and Jigsaw, were all shot in Toronto.