Saw Ⅴ is a 2008 American-Canadian horror film directed by David Hackl and written by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan and stars Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Scott Patterson, Betsy Russell, Mark Rolston, Julie Benz, Carlo Rota, and Meagan Good. It is the fifth installment in the Saw franchise, and was released on October 23, 2008 in Australia and October 24, 2008 in North America.
David Hackl, who served as the production designer of Saw Ⅱ, Saw Ⅲ, and Saw IV, and second-unit director for Saw Ⅲ and Saw IV made his directorial debut with Saw Ⅴ. Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, the writers of the previous film, returned to write the film. Charlie Clouser, who provided the score for all previous Saw films, also returned to compose the score for the film. Saw creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell served as executive producers.
The film focuses primarily on the events that led up to Detective Mark Hoffman becoming an apprentice of the Jigsaw Killer, as well as his efforts to prevent anyone else from learning his secret.