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Ben Poole


Like all game changers within the horror genre, SAW was an independent success, a low-budget champion that flourished without the patronage of a big studio. Not bad for the most successful horror franchise ever, which has spawned subsidiary media and masses of merchandise, including a theme park rollercoaster ride. What is it about SAW that attracted such a following? This book considers the SAW phenomenon from all aspects of film and media studies — from its generic pedigree in both literature and film, to the visceral audience pleasures (“what would I do?”) of the text, to the contrasting re ... More

Keywords: horror genre, horror film, horror franchise, film studies, media studies, masculinity, SAW

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781906733568
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906733568.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ben Poole, author
Cardiff High School