In Spiral's First Trailer, Chris Rock and His Fellow Cops Are Running Scared

Detective Zeke Banks realizing what he’s going to have to do to escape.
Detective Zeke Banks realizing what he’s going to have to do to escape.
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In most horror movies, the police who are meant to be out there protecting people from the likes of serial killers are usually too witless to recognize the danger people are in when they’re actually in a position to do something about it. By the time they piece together enough clues to be helpful, it’s too late. In director Darren Lynn Bousman’s Saw spinoff Spiral, though, things are going to be different.


Set in the same world as the original Saw movies, Spiral tells the story of detective Zeke Banks (Chris Rock) and his partner William Schenk (The Handmaid’s Tale’s Max Minghella) as they begin investigating a string of grisly murders committed by someone who’s specifically targeting police officers. The deeper the detectives get into the mystery of who’s murdering their colleagues, it becomes clear that the killer’s styled themselves after the original Jigsaw killer, meaning that their horrific actions are all likely motivated out of a sick desire to enact some sort of justice.

Disturbing as the trailer is, Lionsgate also dropped a gorgeous poster to go along with the film.

Spiral also stars Samuel L. Jackson and Riverdale’s Marisol Nichols. The film hits theaters on May 15.

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Charles Pulliam-Moore is an NYC-based culture critic whose work centers on fandom, pop culture, politics, race, and sexuality. He still thinks Cyclops made a few valid points.


This might be the first Saw movie that I actually watch. But I will be slightly annoyed on how it’s supposed to be NYC yet nothing about it is NYC, especially the cop cars and subways. Which is the only complaint I have about the underrated masterpiece that is Punisher: War Zone.