|“||Now you'll make a choice. In 20 seconds the life of this man will be ended.||”|
— Jigsaw challenges Tapp and Sing to save Jeff[src]
Design and Function
The Drill Chair basically consisted of three different parts: a seat to which the victim was chained and two movable contraptions on the left and the right of the chair. Two power drills were attached to these contraptions. The trap was started by a pressure switch on the floor. Once it was activated, the contraptions started to move towards the victim. After 20 seconds the victim's head would be pierced by the drills. To prevent the victim from evading the drills, the subject was held in place by a neck brace connected to the chair's fixed recline. (Saw)
Early on in his series of murders John Kramer, better known as the Jigsaw Killer, targeted Jeff Ridenhour for one of his deadly games. One day he abducted him and took him to his hideout in an abandoned mannequin factory at 213 Stygian Street where he strapped him to the Drill Chair.
Shorty after his abduction, Detective David Tapp and Detective Steven Sing managed to deduce the location of the hideout by further examining a video tape left by Jigsaw at the crime scene of his latest game. Minutes later they arrived at the factory and entered the building. When they went upstairs and searched the hideout, they found a box with little figures resembling another deadly game Jigsaw had already planned for the future. Furthermore, they found one of the pig masks he used for his abductions, as well as the mechanical ventriloquist puppet from the video. Moments later, they were startled by a noise nearby coming from under a large red cloth. Eventually, this turned out to be the voice of Jeff Ridenhour, who was still strapped to the Drill Chair. However, when they wanted to free him, they suddenly heard the elevator, and Tapp told Sing to go into hiding to see what Jigsaw was going to do. Eager to finally arrest the Jigsaw Killer, Sing initially refused to follow Tapp's order, but eventually decided to do so and put the cloth back on Jeff before quickly going into hiding with Tapp.
Moments later, a hooded man, Jigsaw, arrived and approached Jeff. When he told Jeff that he had planned a bigger test for him and the latter started to cry, the detectives came out of their hiding spot and held Jigsaw at gunpoint. However, Jigsaw managed to activate Jeff's trap by pressing the switch on the floor, which caused the two drills to approach his head, giving the detectives merely 20 seconds to save him. While Tapp took care of the killer and held him at gunpoint, he demanded Jigsaw to tell Sing how to stop the trap and was told that only a key could unlock the metal neck brace which held Jeff's head in place. When Sing found a set of keys in a box, he desperately tried to find the right one among the dozens of keys. Having only a few seconds left, Sing decided to shoot the drills, saving Jeff's life in the process. However, this distracted Tapp, giving Jigsaw the chance to slash Tapp's throat with a hidden blade. As he ran away, Sing immediately pursued him, but was eventually killed when he stepped on a tripwire, which set off a deadly booby trap. Tapp and Jeff were later found and saved by the police. (Saw)
In other Media
The events at the factory were mentioned numerous times in Saw: The Video Game. While making his way through the abandoned Whitehurst Insane Asylum, Tapp, who was the game's protagonist and had to play one of Jigsaw's games on his own, found an audio recording of an emergency call made by Jigsaw only moments after Sing's death. Additionally, Jeff had been abducted by Jigsaw again and had to be saved by Tapp. While speaking to him, Jigsaw reminded Jeff of his first trap back at the mannequin factory.
Public Execution Trap • Pain Train • Horsepower Trap • Lawnmower Trap • Bobby's Trial • Suspended Cage • Silence Circle • Impalement Wheel • Hangman's Noose • Wisdom Teeth Combination • Brazen Bull • Sentry Gun Trap • Cyanide Box • Reverse Beartrap