Saw: The Complete History of Jigsaw | Horror History

Saw: The Complete History of Jigsaw | Horror History

John Kramer is the engineering mastermind known as Jigsaw, who was responsible for the loss of at least 57 victims. How did Kramer’s past turn him into one of the most feared horror villains?

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Born in 1954, John Kramer would eventually become the most iconic serial criminal that the Metropolitan Police Department would ever come up against. Although he is rarely the one to physically harm his victims, Kramer exhibits the behavior of a psychopath. The name Jigsaw derives from cutting Jigsaw pieces from the flesh of his failed victims as a symbol for the missing piece of their survival instinct.

Looking through his entire 52 year history, we can start to put together some of the puzzle that makes up the life of Jigsaw. The obscure details of his early life and his fascination with developing a religion or cult are just a few of the many pieces necessary to understand how the main antagonist of the Saw franchise came to be.

In this video, I’ll be analyzing the entire life of John Kramer, including his marriage to Jill Tuck, the creation of his games, the disciples he raised to carry on his legacy, and his ultimate downfall. We’ll also be looking at the traps, from the iconic reverse bear trap, to John’s personal favorite: the rack and more!

For my analysis, I’ll only using the canon material (the Saw films and short films: Full Disclosure Report and The Scott Tibbs Documentary). The other material, like the comic, Saw: Rebirth, and the video games, Saw and Saw II: Flesh and Blood, aren’t considered canon, but there are certain non-contradictory clues we can use from them to make inferences about John’s story. I’ll even use the Saw soundtracks for part of my analysis.

I believe this may be the most accurate timeline of the Saw universe on the internet!

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0:00:00 Intro
0:01:37 John Kramer’s Past
0:05:04 The Origin of Jigsaw
0:09:41 Rebirth
0:15:37 Cult of Jigsaw
0:21:31 The Next Disciples
0:33:36 The Bathroom Game
0:39:13 The Nerve Gas House
0:49:14 Mastering His Craft
0:54:55 The Trial of Jeff Denlon Or: Amanda’s Final Test
1:06:42 The Death of John Kramer

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  1. Grace T. on June 27, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    Does anyone know if Lynn is the same actress in the last movie where they were stuck in the house with the poisonous gas?

  2. Pooky on June 27, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    A vulgar display of power

  3. Saraโ€™ Patrick on June 27, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    First off, THANK YOU for spending so much time on this. Itโ€™s my fav horror series!

    Also, I appreciate that you really time your midrolls. Not many do that!

  4. Dj Diamstat on June 27, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    I wonder if his brain tumor, severe edema, and intracranial pressure could have triggered his psychopathy as well as his psychological/emotional trauma. It was found very late in the game and his brain was living with prolonged oxygen deprivation which is why he needed the surgery on his skull to release the intracranial pressure. I wonder if things would have been different for him if it had been caught early on.

  5. Karma Bish on June 27, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    The makeup is cringey..

  6. Paul Lawson on June 27, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    The razor plot….check out uk horror movie takes from the crypt…..oapz and dog story…..

  7. Ashley Garnett on June 27, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    ive learned from my exes to never be nice to a damned drug addict. all they care about is their next fix.

  8. Kyle Marston on June 27, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    John would be a sociopath; he has a true understand of right and wrong. Where psychopaths simply cannot understand the difference.

  9. Levi Taylor on June 27, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    You literally took the piss out of cancer patients ..I’m not on about "John , jigsaw " …yiu literally laughed at cancer patients in general…dressed as a dummy . Pretty fitting fir you mate..

  10. Brenna McPheron on June 27, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    So my theory on the voicemail and why he left it on Danielโ€™s phone is because thatโ€™s basically the main lifeline that Matthews had to his son; through his phone. Because heโ€™s been kind of an absent dad, he communicates through texts or calls so it makes sense to me he would call Danielโ€™a phone immediately so Jigsaw changing the voicemail would mess with him the most.

  11. Sturben 1047 on June 27, 2022 at 9:46 pm


  12. john hawes on June 27, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    Got a damn mattress commercialโ€ฆ

  13. Brekabarn (FLikeHeroDoom, ShortKnight) on June 27, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    I would just have tried to be bff with John Kramer so he won’t murder me in one of the brutalest ways

  14. CharlRay on June 27, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    The host dressed as Billy is creepy Af ๐Ÿคฃ

  15. Emily Rose on June 27, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    1:00:21 I donโ€™t even think helped himself. He became completely delusional, lost his wife, etc.

  16. TDR_paraadvisor39 on June 27, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    Almost named my youngest Tobin or Gideon! (Went with Gabriel tho)

  17. stevienightheat1 on June 27, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    Brilliant film series from a story lure perspective.

  18. CharlRay on June 27, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    You deserve a like & sub for your hard work on this ๐Ÿงฉ ๐Ÿท ๐Ÿ”ช ๐Ÿฆถ๐Ÿปโœ‚๏ธ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿฉธโš™๏ธโš™๏ธโš™๏ธโš™๏ธ๐Ÿ› โ›๐Ÿช›๐Ÿ”ง๐Ÿ”จโš’โ›“โ›“โ›“โ›“โš™๏ธโš™๏ธโš™๏ธ

  19. ALIAS No. 4 and Over on June 27, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    10:28 – Savage Edit.

  20. Grace T. on June 27, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    Such a thorough video, love it!

  21. Bascillion on June 27, 2022 at 10:03 pm

    I can’t be the only one who actually pressed skip ad when that sasquatch popped up.

  22. MASTER GINGER on June 27, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    Ive noticed the man that wrote or directed these movies, hes a psychopath, im satanist, im from norway, almost 33, and i can read people, he has demons, probably a pact, and hes turned on, by making movies about violence or torture,, why ? cus hes secretly a broken soul, broken guy, his only reward is money, nothing else, i bet if i asked him private, he would admit he has some kind of issues, and to have me not tell anyone, exactly…….

  23. noddy176 on June 27, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    Excellent timeline, following the backward chronology of Jigsaw and the best horror-serie ever. Thank you very much!
    You really entertained me through the whole documentary.๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”

  24. Nathan Street on June 27, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    bro that’s not a saw blade that’s called a Scalpel

  25. Jason Singh on June 27, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    The Dead Meat reference tho lol

  26. patrick Jorda on June 27, 2022 at 10:11 pm

    You’d be surprised sometimes where you can pick up real science n random facts..always felt school was just not as fast as tv…I’d see it first on TV then school would cover it..surprisingly often

  27. patrick Jorda on June 27, 2022 at 10:11 pm

    Lol..the mattress..

  28. hase kyan on June 27, 2022 at 10:12 pm


  29. Chasii on June 27, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    Colon cancer? Wasn’t it a brain tumour? The lady surgeon had to operate on his brain not his Colon JS

  30. ren on June 27, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    I hate jigsaw. Like, you’re not some kind of god to punish the sinners. Just let the law take care of them

  31. jokerluscious on June 27, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    I literally said wow at the end of this video… How outstanding! Youโ€™re amazing at telling the whole history and making this video! Amazing job and thank you!! ๐Ÿฅฐ

  32. Temp Bauer on June 27, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    Of course, john would remember fake jigsaw survivor face from such a short meeting. Fake survivor is famous. If I met Stephen King at a book signing, I would always remember what he looks like. Granted Stephen King is way more popular so some authors that arenโ€™t as well known like Joe Hill or Paulo Coalho. Meeting anyone that has some huge affect on your life is a person youโ€™re likely to remember what they look like if the meeting is done in a well lit casual setting

  33. Black dude on June 27, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    he kinda bad

  34. SYFEX on June 27, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    Cz’s has a hidden anarchirst sybol in his video ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Jabroni Sauce on June 27, 2022 at 10:16 pm

    I mean if there was a slight chance I’d wake up in one of his rooms ima be helping all the granny’s to cross the streets but then he’d still take my ass because it wasn’t pure or some shit lol

  36. Along Your Path on June 27, 2022 at 10:16 pm

    This is excellent. I always thought putting these movies in the actual order would be great. This is awesome, and humorous. Great job and indepth.

  37. Liam on June 27, 2022 at 10:17 pm


  38. Lieutenant B. (Kakashi Sensei) on June 27, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    Bro but y u dressed up like jigsaw โ˜ ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  39. Blake Moore on June 27, 2022 at 10:19 pm

    Good but cut the "comedy" it’s cringe and takes away from the actual content

  40. Molly McMackins on June 27, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    Gideon was killed by being crushed by a door in utero and John developed untreatable cancer, 2 lives doomed for death despite wanting to live, John targeted people who weren’t taking care of themselves and abusing the gift of life that he and his unborn son didn’t have an option to have so I think some of the driving force behind his actions was definitely spite
    But being that the normal, humanitarian John was still somewhere in there he convinced himself what he was doing was an act of grace meant to make the person appreciate their option to live and thus save their life

  41. Brekabarn (FLikeHeroDoom, ShortKnight) on June 27, 2022 at 10:22 pm

    I would just have tried to be bff with John Kramer so he won’t murder me in one of the brutalest ways

  42. Goldenrod636 on June 27, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    Gideon wasn’t a miscarriage. At 7 months along he would be a stillbirth. And people do bury stillborn children.

  43. Noah The Destroyer on June 27, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    I don’t really think you understand what it feels like to be absolutely destroyed my the "healthcare industry ". Its clear when you say he’s just irrationally looking for people when he chooses the hospital staff. Wait till it happens to you, and you may understand that rage yourself someday.

  44. Chasii on June 27, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    How could he rely on that serum to help him pretend to be dead in the bathroom? I use narcotics and sedatives all the times and I snore, fart, hiccup and twitch like a mofo in my drug induced comas lmao ๐Ÿคฃ ๐Ÿ˜‚ id be a really shit jigsaw lol ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜‚

  45. SoloDiamondDOG on June 27, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    I bet it feels great to take off these suits and face paints such dedication some say sacrifice either way that is great work compared to what’s being attempted or still on paper good job coverage and personalization

  46. ๐Ÿ’œBTSARMY๐Ÿ’œ1981 on June 27, 2022 at 10:27 pm


  47. Zach Anderson on June 27, 2022 at 10:27 pm

    35:30 I just thought of something..couldn’t Zepp have just gone to the hospital, been tested, and treated for the poison? Maybe not…idk just a thought

  48. Shelly Strawberry on June 27, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    I could not stand the ammount of blood in the saw movies, so instead I watched this to get behind the lore. Thank you

  49. grass bennett on June 27, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    so i was very hesitant about the saw movies until i happened to click on one of your videos now the saw franchise is my favorite! with your videos I got to kind of understand what i was getting into and understand things more but all this to say would you ever consider doing a history on Texas Chainsaw Massacre? Iโ€™ve always been curious about it and have never had the guts to watch the whole movie, especially now that the new Netflix remake is out? anyways I enjoy your video styles and i hope you keep pushing out content because I love listening in!