|“||Who's that? Talk to me! What are you doing? Talk to me!||”|
— Trevor becomes aware of Art's presence[src]
Design and Function
This trap consisted of a large, heavy metal contraption positioned in the middle of a mausoleum. In the center of the contraption was a winch with a long metal chain going through it. Each end of this chain was attached to two padlocked collars around the victims' necks. If the chain was pulled on strong enough at either end, a metal pin would be pulled out from the central device, thereby activating it. After that, an internal winch would start to turn, pulling the chained victims to the center of the room where they would ultimately suffer strangulation. Each victim had a different advantage in the game. On the side of the room where the first victim would wake up was a wooden box with several metallic tools which could be used as weapons, such as a hammer, a small axe and a hook. However, the victim on the side with the tools had his eyelids sewn shut, and therefore could not see. Meanwhile, the other victim had no tools on his side, and could not speak because his mouth was sewn shut. Due to their respective handicaps they were unable to communicate with each other in their attempt to get the key to their shackles, which was attached to the back of the shackle of the blinded victim.
Trevor's and Art Blank's Test
The victims of this trap were a man named Trevor and Art Blank, the former lawyer and partner of John Kramer, better known as the Jigsaw Killer. Both of them were eventually targeted by the latter and were subdued, abducted and taken to an unknown location. While they were unconscious, Dr. Lawrence Gordon, John Kramer's doctor and one of his apprentices, sewed Trevor's eyes and Art's mouth shut in order to prepare them for their game. Afterwards, they were taken to the mausoleum and chained to the winch of the trap in the middle of the room. (Saw IV, 3D)
Shortly afterwards, Trevor woke up and was immediately frightened when he realized that his eyes were sewn shut. When he noticed the chain connected to the shackle around his neck, he carefully pulled on it and thereby awoke Art Blank. Upon hearing noises coming from him, Trevor asked who he was and told him to talk to him. However, Art wasn't able to do so as Dr. Gordon had sewn his mouth shut instead of his eyes. As he didn't answer and only made strange sounds in his attempts to speak, Trevor started to panic. Thereby, he stumbled over a wooden crate filled with metallic tools, such as a hammer and a small axe. Frightened by the situation, he threw the tools in Art's direction and yelled at him in fear. While desperately trying to calm him down, Art suddenly noticed a key attached to the back of Trevor's shackle.
He tried to find a way to communicate with him, but Trevor suddenly pulled him in his direction with the chain. Thereby, a metal pin was pulled out of the contraption in the middle, finally activating the machine and starting the winch in the process. As the winch began to pull them to the middle, Trevor screamed for help, asking what he did to be put there and panicked even further. Eventually, he grabbed a hook and began to swing it around blindly, telling Art to stay away from him. Art calmly approached him, armed with the axe Trevor had previously thrown in his direction. When he saw the right opportunity, he threw the axe at Trevor and then pulled him by his chain against the walls to get the key, but collapsed when Trevor ran the hook in his knee. While Art lay on the ground, writhing in pain, Trevor attempted to crawl away, but moments later, Art pulled out the hook from his leg and ran it in Trevor's shoulder, causing him to scream. Thereby, he was able to obtain the key, but Trevor was able to fight him off with the axe. Art tried to open the lock, but Trevor kept trying to hit him, so Art dodged the attacks, used his chain as a shield and then kicked Trevor in the face. However, as he was ridden by adrenaline, Trevor quickly braced himself up again.
As he tried to kill Art, the latter finally grabbed a hammer and used it to hit Trevor in the head two times, knocking him. Then, he bludgeoned Trevor's skull by smashing it four times with the hammer, ultimately killing him in the process. After that, Art freed himself from his shackle and screamed, thereby ripping open his mouth.(Saw IV)
When his game was over, Art found a file lying on a wooden crate on his side of the room along with a tape recorder. The tape congratulated him for his survival and provided him with the instructions for another game. (Saw IV)
- Originally, the contraption with the winch was supposed to be on the ceiling and would hang the victims if they wouldn't get free in time. This was changed for the final version seen in Saw IV, but the original concept was later used in the Hangman's Noose in Saw 3D.
- Trevor is one of the few victims in the series whose reason for their respective test is unknown. However, as most of the victims in Saw IV were former clients of Art Blank, who worked as a lawyer, it's possible that Trevor was one as well.
- According to the audio-commentary with Darren Lynn Bousman and Lyriq Bent, Art Blank opens his mouth at the end and not before because he was scared when he first woke up. This means that, had he remained calm, both him and Trevor could've survived.
- Art or Trevor could've cut the stitching with the small axe.
- This is one of the only Saw Traps not to contain a tape recorder, a T.V, or a written message detailing the instructions of the trap.
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