Short Film Review: Saw Misgivings


saw misgivingsA suburban housewife mistakenly gets her head stuck in a Saw inspired death trap while trying on old clothes in the attic earlier in the afternoon, and unfortunately for her, she cannot remove it because her baby accidentally swallowed the only key. While the device is a tad uncomfortable and, more importantly, could possibly rip her head open at any given moment, her biggest concern is getting dinner ready for her judgmental in-laws, who are due to arrive sooner than she expected.

Directed and produced by David Lilley and written by Mark O’Connell, Saw Misgivings is 7 minute short film that takes a very humorous look at the headaches that would come as a result of having to wear a Jigsaw inspired death mask while performing the day-to-day tasks of an average housewife. How would such a device hamper normal undertakings such as going shopping, drinking coffee, showering, and other various daily tasks? Worse yet, how is she even supposed to get this thing off without digging into her baby’s belly for the key? Worse worse yet, how long does she have until the thing goes off?!

As a whole, Saw Misgivings is a rock solid and humorous tribute to the Saw franchise, successfully lampooning the iconic traps as well as the kinetic style found in the series. All of the jokes perfectly hit their mark, which is certainly the biggest challenge with a short, no-budget film like this, and the performances by stars Vicky Album and Steve McNeil are spot on. Whether or not you are a fan of the Saw films (for the record, I’m not), you will certainly enjoy this brilliant little short, so please take a moment and check it out below, then let me know what you think afterwards!

PS – Be sure to keep watching after the credits!

4 / 5 stars     


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      1. Jenn April 26, 2013 at 4:29 pm

        I’m giggling. I was half expecting her to fall over after that pause when the machine triggered and he would go about finishing cooking or something. What they did was even better. I’m impressed with the effects too. Too bad more horror films can’t handle practical makeup like these guys did.

        • Matt-suzaka April 26, 2013 at 4:59 pm

          Ha ha, I agree, the payoff of her still being a live is funnier than if she had simply feel over dead. I also love the after the credits moments, too.

      2. Mel Gourlay April 26, 2013 at 10:22 pm

        Fantastic :) Great make up and very cute kid xx

        • Matt-suzaka April 27, 2013 at 4:59 pm

          I was impressed by the make-up, too, especially since the budget is so small.

      3. Abi Cook April 27, 2013 at 2:24 pm

        Haha oh my gosh, what a quirky little film. Love the ending, definitely a compliment to the Saw series. This was really weird but enjoyable. Left a smile on my face at least 😉

        • Matt-suzaka April 27, 2013 at 5:02 pm

          Yeah, it’s a lot of fun… and I think it’s something that would make for a great special feature on a Saw box set.