(corrects title of upcoming 7th movie to “Saw 3D”)
By Zorianna Kit
LOS ANGELES, July 22, (Reuters) - The “Saw” horror movie franchise is getting a place in the Guiness World Records as the “Most Successful Horror Movie Series,” one of the film’s producers, Mark Burg, said on Thursday.
“I’m still in shock,” Burg told Reuters. “The fact that we beat out (such horror franchises as) ‘Friday the 13th,’ ‘Nightmare on Elm Street,’ ‘Halloween’ and ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ is a testament to our cast, crew and our partners at Lionsgate.”
The franchise consists of six movies, each one having come out consecutively every Halloween since 2004. The seventh, and final, installment is due out Oct. 29th and will be featured in 3D.
Collectively, the “Saw” films have made over $73O million at the worldwide box-office and sold more than thirty million DVDs, according to distributors Lionsgate.
The films center around a killer named Jigsaw who puts his victims through psychological torture before killing them.
Burg said it was during the production of “Saw 2,” that the producers decided to “etch out” one long story spanning seven films. Therefore, after the seventh movie, called “Saw 3D”, there will be no other movies, including spin-offs or prequels.
“We are done; this is it,” he said. “We don’t want to be that boxer who fought one too many fights.”
Burg said the seventh chapter was always “anticipated” by fans as the final one.
“In every ‘Saw’ movie, we left questions open and in this movie we answer every question the audience has ever had,” Burg said, adding that even new viewers will be able to follow and “get caught up to speed.”
The Guinness presentation will take place at San Diego’s Comic Con convention on Friday. London-based Guinness Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday will be on hand to present the award to the film’s producers
Editing by Jill Serjeant