Rob Zombie Helped Keep 'Saw III' From Being NC-17. "Spiral' Was Even harder to Get Rated-R...

You read that right... Spiral is about to be BRUTAL.

With Spiral: From the Book of Saw right around the corner, many are wondering, will it be bloody? And if so, just how bloody will it be?

The original Saw gave birth to a series of films that many consider to just be "Torture Porn" and that is largely due to some of the BRUTAL scenes that take place in Saw 2, 3 & 4, all of which are directed by Darren Lynn Bousman. He is quite known for this disturbing imagery, and is in fact returning for Spiral.

With all of the gruesome imagery, Bousman has spoken about his struggle to receive an R rating, as the MPAA tried make it NC-17 half a dozen times. During this past weekend's "SAWathon", Bousman reveal his struggles, and how he received help from Rob Zombie to get it down to an R.

“I remember a decade back having such a hard time getting the ‘R’ rating on SAW III,” Bousman told Bloody Disgusting when they had reached out for comment, “At the time, the issue was the naked woman being frozen to death. I remember going back and forth trying to get that scene approved. I became so frustrated that I reached out to Zombie because he had always been given the ‘R’ on his films, which I felt were more intense and violent.”

Zombie had a unique approach in working with the MPAA, which Bousman ultimately felt made the film better.

“Basically, the more I cut out and tried to cut around the scene, the more shocking it would become to the viewer. By trying to hide the violence, torture and nudity, the more the scene became exploitative. By inserting wide shots, the scene became sad and tragic. It also took away all sexuality – the very last thing I wanted was that scene to feel sexual in any way! I ended up writing an email to the MPAA stating my case, and eventually, they allowed it to stay. I’ve reached out to Rob a couple of times throughout the years and he has always been helpful and such a great dude.”

What's crazy about this, is you need to remember, Bousman claims that this weekend's Spiral was even hard to get cleared... That's insane...

“Working in the shadow of an esteemed police veteran (Jackson), brash Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks (Rock) and his rookie partner (Max Minghella) take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer’s morbid game.”

A tenth SAW is currently in development.


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