When it comes to gruesome horror movie deaths, the Saw franchise may have the largest collection of grotesque and upsetting demises. Over the course of eight movies, people have been ripped apart, smashed, shot, immolated, and almost every other method of murder a psychotic serial killer could build into their "game".
Whether it's John Kramer, Detective Hoffman, or one of the other elusive assistants to Jigsaw, these are the worst death scenes in Saw - which means they're the best of the over 70 kills shown throughout the franchise.
The Rack Trap - 'Saw III'
The "Rack Trap" is one of the most painful-looking traps in the Saw franchise. While adrenaline may help with the ripping of metal from one's body or inserting hooks into muscles, the "Rack Trap" slowly rotates each limb, snapping the bone and twisting the muscles. There is no instant death from the rack trap, with the man who accidentally killed the game player's son in a drunk driving incident having each limb twisted and snapped individually. Finally, and in horrifying pain, the victim's neck was snapped and he died.
The Reverse Bear Trap - 'Saw VII'
The "Reverse Bear Trap" mask would appear in three different Saw movies, but it wasn't until the third appearance in Saw VII that fans would finally get to see it work. John Kramer's widow, Jill Tuck, would see Jigsaw-apprentice, Detective Hoffman, survive his turn in the trap - just as another apprentice (Amanda Young) survived it in the first movie. Unfortunately for Tuck, the game was rigged and when the timer ran out, her face was ripped apart, leaving a gaping, grotesque hole of gore in its place.
Death By Hydrofluoric Acid Injection - 'Saw VI'
Saw VI took on the employees of an insurance company that denied a treatment to John Kramer/Jigsaw for his cancer. The insurance company manager, William Easton, has to work his way through several games involving him choosing who lives and who dies based on arbitrary criteria - just as he did for people insured by his company.
After believing he had completed all of his tasks and would be set free, Easton comes face to face with the mother and son of a man that died due to insurance not covering the costs of his heart treatment. Faced with the choice of killing the man that killed his father, Brent pulls a lever and a bunch of needles slam into Easton's body, pumping hydrofluoric acid into it and causing him to painfully melt into a puddle of organs and sludge.
The Brazen Bull Furnace Trap - 'Saw VII'
Saw VII followed Bobby Dagen as he attempted to win game after game set up for him by Detective Hoffman - one of Jigsaw's apprentices. Dagen had lied about surviving a Jigsaw game and was making money from the infamy. In one of the most savage traps in the movie, Dagen is forced to actually play the game he lied about surviving in order to save his wife, Joyce.
Joyce is chained to a platform while Dagen is presented with metal hooks attached to chains that he must insert into his chest muscles. He then has to use the chains to hoist himself into the air and connect two plugs to stop the oven from forming - and Joyce will be enclosed in an oven and incinerated if Dagen fails. He does fail, of course, and has to watch his wife burn alive as he bleeds from his torn-and-ragged pectoral muscles.