No horror - just gore

PUBLISHED: 11:21 02 November 2006 | UPDATED: 11:08 06 May 2010

AFTER hearing that audience members had fainted while watching SAW III at Stevenage’s Cineworld Damion Roberts our fearless reporter  went along on Halloween to see what the fuss was about.

AFTER hearing that audience members had fainted while watching SAW III at Stevenage's Cineworld Damion Roberts our fearless reporter went along on Halloween to see what the fuss was about.

I walked into Saw III half expecting to be handed a sick bag by a member of staff and be given a pat on my back for my bravery. After all there have been reports of people fainting while watching this Halloween hit and although rather sceptical that moder

I walked into Saw III half expecting to be handed a sick bag by a member of staff and be given a pat on my back for my bravery.

After all there have been reports of people fainting while watching this Halloween hit and although rather sceptical that modern audiences could still be so susceptible in such a way it was not long before, from the corner of my eye, I spotted the first audience members rise from their seats.

It was 15 minutes into the film when the first couple left the cinema, though not screaming and not in tears and certainly not carried out by paramedics.

From my observations it seemed the man had informed his partner "it'll be fine" when in fact she thought otherwise. He certainly found it difficult keeping up with her as she walked quickly to the door.

The first 15 minutes of the film are not scary. The film as a whole is not frightening. It is not a horror film. It doesn't provide a set-up and then a pay-off. It is simply gory with severed limbs, snapping bones and plenty of blood.

And the first 25 minutes are exactly that, so much so that another couple walked from the film and, in total, five left before the film ended.

The verdict? Samantha Rowe, 25, from Ripon Road, Stevenage, explained: "There really wasn't much in there to make me faint. It was disgusting and I had to close my eyes once or twice, but I think I'll sleep pretty safe in my bed tonight.

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