How many Saw movies are there?

Chris Tilly
Tobin Bell as John Kramer in Saw IILionsgate

With Saw X in cinemas now, fans of the long-running horror franchise might be wondering: how many Saw movies are there?

The first Saw movie debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 to rave reviews. The film then released that October, and quickly became a box office phenomenon, grossing more than $100 million worldwide, from a budget of just $1 million.

The brainchild of director James Wan, and screenwriter Leigh Whannell – who also stars – the first instalment concerns the “Jigsaw Killer,” who sets deadly traps for his victims, in order to teach them life’s worth.

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Different writers and directors have taken the reigns in Saw’s many sequels, but that central conceit has remained pretty much the same.

How many Saw movies are there?

There are 10 Saw movies, with Saw X hitting cinemas last month.

Here are the Saw movies in release order:

Spiral is the only Saw movie that doesn’t revolve around the Jigsaw character, with the villain instead being a copycat villain.

What is Saw X about?

Saw X is directed by Saw VI and Saw 3D helmer Kevin Greutert, and sees Tobin Bell’s Jigsaw character return to the series.

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The official synopsis reads: “Set between the events of Saw and Saw II, a sick and desperate John Kramer travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure in hopes of a miracle cure for his cancer — only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable.

“Armed with a newfound purpose, the infamous serial killer returns to his work, turning the tables on the con artists in his signature visceral way through devious, deranged and ingenious traps.”

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About The Author

Chris Tilly is the TV and Movies Editor at Dexerto. He has a BA in English Literature, an MA in Newspaper Journalism, and over the last 20 years, he's worked for the likes of Time Out, IGN, and Fandom. Chris loves Star Wars, Marvel, DC, sci-fi, and especially horror, while he knows maybe too much about Alan Partridge. You can email him here: