Watch The Original ‘SAW’ (9 Minutes)

Daily Fill has posted a great article about feature length films that started out as short films. Surprisingly the SAW franchise is first on the list. Check out the original short by

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In 2003, two film students from Australia (James Wan, and Leigh Whannell) made a gruesome short about a serial killer who places victims in twisted scenarios that force them to either kill themselves or other victims, thereby “cleaning” the killer of any association to the murders. The goal of this short, based on a feature they had stored away, was to pitch it to various studios and actors in hope of having the full-length distributed. In 2004, their wish came true, and the original ended up spawning five Saw sequels – most of which more cruel and torturous than the previous. In fact, Saw is often credited as starting a brand of “torture porn” in recent horror films. We’re sure Wan and Whannell’s mothers are proud.

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Exclusive First Look at the Latest Saw VI Poster!

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Don’t even frown your face at another Saw movie, because they would not make them if people were not still going to see them. Could you imagine if quality sequels were pumped out this fast?saw6glove-lo

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“Trust in him.” So says the latest Saw VI one-sheet we’re exclusively premiering today. We can only speculate and look deeper into the imagery of a pair of soiled boxing glove “hands.” The next installment in Lionsgate’s lucrative franchise – chronicling Jigsaw, his message and his followers – opens in theaters on October 23 and welcomes Saw series editor Kevin Greutert to the director’s chair. Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton return on scripting duties.

Investors bail on Lionsgate

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Investors have pulled out of a multi-film financing agreement with Lionsgate, the movie and television studio behind the “Saw” and Tyler Perry film franchises.

The move, which reflects the increasingly tough environment for film financing, means that Lionsgate did not have the money it was counting on to finance the final three movies on its fiscal 2009 slate.

As a result, Lionsgate itself had to commit its own capital to pay for the already released films “The Spirit” and “My Bloody Valentine 3D,” and its upcoming Feb. 20 release “Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail.”

The loss of funding from the company’s Goldman Sachs-led Pride Pictures facility caused a “significant, unexpected shortfall of $65 million in free cash flow,” Lionsgate Chief Executive Jon Feltheimer said Tuesday.

Going forward, Lionsgate will be forced to rely more heavily on self-funding its movies and bringing in partners where it can on a film-by-film basis, as it had done in years past.

Shares of parent Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., which is based in Vancouver but runs its studio operations out of Santa Monica, fell $1.43 to $3.90 Tuesday, a 27% drop. As the stock plunged, corporate raider Carl Icahn increased his stake in the company to 10.56% from 9.2%, according to a regulatory filing. Continue reading