Casting Chris Rock in a Saw film still feels strange to me but it’s not quite as a strange as the fact that Saw franchise is apparently still a thing. Unlike the majority of the characters who have appeared in the Saw films, this franchise appears to be immortal. I have a feeling that long after we’re all gone and we’ve been replaced by a new generation of film watcher and film reviewers, a new Saw film will still come out every few years. Eventually, no one will be able to follow the plot but it won’t matter. All that’ll matter will be seeing who loses an arm.
Anyway, the latest Saw is called Spiral: From The Book of Saw, which is a rather unwieldy title. When this movie was first announced it was just called Spiral but I guess someone realized that they needed to make it clear that this film is a part of the Saw Cinematic Universe.
(For the records, the SCU existed long before the MCU and it proved that audiences would spend money to watch sequels that were basically impossible to follow if you didn’t already know the backstory. So, you could argue that the MCU owes a lot to the success of the Saw films.)
Here’s the trailer for Spiral. Spiral will be released in May so get ready!
Phillip Race was the pen name for Elmer Parsons. Born in 1926, Parsons spent much his early life in and out of prison. When he was 23, he stole a car and was arrested after a lengthy police chase. He served three years for that. Three years later, he was arrested a second time and charged with writing 22 bad checks. He was sentenced to five years, which he served in San Quentin. While imprisoned, he edited the prison newspaper and he wrote and published his first three novels, including Johnny Come Deadly. After he was released in 1960, he wrote westerns under his own name and was a prolific television writer.
Johnny Come Deadly was about a card shark named Johnny Berlin, who cops hated and women loved. The cover above, which done by Ernest “Darcy” Chiriacka, is from 1960.
Today, I learned that this song was inspired by a friend of Markita’s who was struggling with an addiction to cocaine. I’m not sure why I didn’t know that but the important thing is that, after the song was released, Markita’s friend eventually conquered their addiction.
Another thing that I learned is that Fergie sings in the chorus for this song. She and Markita knew each other from appearing on Kids Incorporated. Another thing that I learned today is that Fergie and Markita were both on Kids Incorporated. The final thing I learned is that there was a show called Kids Incorporated.
This video was directed by Jim Shea, who went on to direct several country music videos.