David Hackl (born 7 February[1] 1973 in Toronto) is a Canadian film director and production designer. He is the director of Saw V and is the son of Television critic Vincent Hackl.

Life and career

Hackl was the production designer and second unit director for Saw II, Saw III and Saw IV. Also the production designer for Repo! The Genetic Opera.[2] He was once in talks to direct Saw IV,[2] however, Darren Lynn Bousman returned as the

David directing Saw V.

director. David Hackl has directed Saw V.[3] It was initially reported that Hackl would direct Saw V and Saw V''I.[4] It was 'later reported that Hackl would only direct Saw V, and that Saw VI would be directed by Kevin Greutert, the editor 'on all the Saw films to date.[5] Despite negative critical reviews and mixed fan reviews, his direction in Saw V has been referred by Digital Spy as "slick direction." Hackl was set to direct Saw 3D, but about two weeks prior to shooting he was dismissed and replaced with Kevin Greutert, who was set to direct a 'Paranormal Activity movie before Lionsgate exercised a contractual clause. Hackl is currently set to direct the film adaption of the novel The Butcher Bride[6] as well as Jeff Reher's spec script Grizzly[7]


  • Mary Silliman's War (1994) (Art Director)
  • Jerry and Tom (1998) (Production Designer)
  • Zebra Lounge (2001) (Production Designer)
  • Club Land (2001) (Production Designer)
  • Cybermutt (2002) (Production Designer)
  • The Riverman (2004) (Production Designer)
  • Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004) (Production Designer)
  • Saw II (2005) (Production Designer)
  • Skinwalkers (2006) (Production Designer)
  • Saw III (2006) (Second Unit Director/Production Designer)
  • Saw IV (2007) (Second Unit Director/Production Designer)
  • Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) (Second Unit Director/Production Designer)
  • Outlander (2008) (Production Designer)
  • Saw V (2008) (Director)
  • The Fatal Five (2009) (Cast)

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