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This article is about the trap from Saw: The Video Game. You may be looking for the Saw V trap of the same name.
Unless the officer you involved in your crime can halt the blade, we will see what you really have inside.
— Jigsaw intimidates Jennings[src]

The Pendulum Trap is a trap from the Saw franchise, appearing in Saw: The Video Game.

Design and Function

This trap was located in the furnace room of the abandoned Whitehurst Insane Asylum. The victim's arms and feet were strapped to a metal table with shackles. Positioned to the right and the left of the table were two long metal columns. Mounted to their upper ends was a contraption, which held a large blade in the shape of a pendulum. Once the game began, the pendulum started to swing back and forth and would be lowered down in regular intervals. Eventually, it would vertically slice the victim's body in half. To survive, the test subject had to rely on the help of a second person. Positioned around the table were three panels with gears. The second test subject had to connect them by putting more additional gears of varying sizes between them. If one series of gears was connected successfully, the pendulum, if lowered down already, would return to its original position, thereby granting the test subject more time to finish the task. (Saw: The Video Game)

History

David Tapp's Test

The persons tested in this trap were David Tapp, a detective obsessed with apprehending John Kramer, better known as the Jigsaw Killer, and one of his former colleagues, Jennings Foster, who killed a homeless man in a car accident while intoxicated and afterwards framed an innocent man, who was therefore sent to prison. When Jennings woke up in his trap in the abandoned Whitehurst Insane Asylum's furnace room, he was greeted by Jigsaw and therefore immediately panicked. Jigsaw confronted him with his crime years earlier, which Jennings desperately tried to play down by stating that no one would have missed the homeless man anyway as he had no family. Meanwhile, Tapp was able to observe their conversations over several monitors placed all around the asylum.

Hello, Jennings. While intoxicated, you hit and killed a homeless man with your car. As a forensic scientist, you knew just what to clean, but you couldn't clean the guilt from your soul, could you? You even put an innocent man in jail for your crime, all to preserve your perfect life, but you couldn't stop the guilt from eating away at you, rotting you from the inside. Unless the officer you involved in your crime can halt the blade, we will see what you really have inside.
— Jennings Foster's tape[src]

When Tapp finally reached the hall where Jennings was trapped, a TV turned on in front of them. Jigsaw's mechanical ventriloquist puppet appeared on the screen and once more confronted Jennings with his previous crimes. Thereby, he also told him that only Detective Tapp could save him from his trap.

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Tapp finds Jennings in his trap

When the tape ended and the TV turned off again, the pendulum blade suspended above Jennings started to swing back and forth. While Jennings further panicked and yelled at Tapp to hurry up, Tapp tried to connect the gears on the three panels around the table. Eventually, he was able to do so in time and the pendulum abruptly came to a standstill. Seconds later, the blade suddenly broke away from its holding mechanism and fell down right between Jennings' legs, thereby barely missing him. Afterwards, Jennings was released from his shackles and stood up from the table. While Tapp tried to calm him down, Jennings angrily yelled at him and insulted him as he was only abducted by Jigsaw because of Tapp's obsession with catching him. This resulted in a brief argument between them, during which Tapp confronted him with the accident years ago, which Jennings once again tried to play down. Afterwards, he went away to find a way out on his own and thereby left Tapp behind. (Saw: The Video Game)

Trivia

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