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or "The Flesh Scale", "The Screw Helmets"

Pound of Flesh
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Appearances Saw VI, Saw 3D
Also Known As Scale Trap, Head Harnesses, Screw Helmets, The Flesh Scale
Type of Trap Competition Trap
Victims Simone Bethson (survived) Eddie (failed, deceased)
Created by Mark Hoffman

 The "Pound Of Flesh" trap is created to test two predatory lenders, Simone Bethson and Eddie, in the opening sequence of Saw VI. The two are placed in adjoining cells and each victim is equipped with a head harness with screws positioned on either side of it, poised to drill into their temples.

Whoever failed the test would get the screws drilled into their skull with immense pressure, killing them. In order to survive, they are given a set of utensils to cut off their own flesh and toss it down a chute, onto a scale located between the cells. After 60 seconds passes, the subject that places the least weight onto the scale would have his/her headpiece discharge, drilling into his/her head.


Hello, I want to play a game. The devices on your heads are symbolic of the shackles that you place upon others. You recklessly loan people money, knowing their financial limitations, counting on repossessing more than they could ever pay back. You are predators, but today you become the prey and it is your own pound of flesh that I demand. The scale before you is your only path to freedom, however, only one of you may pass and the toll is the ultimate sacrifice of flesh. Before you are the instruments to exact this flesh. Move with haste though, for when the sixty second timer hits zero, whoever has given the most flesh will release their bindings while the gears on your opponent’s head will engage, piercing their skull. Who will offer the most flesh in order to save their life? The choice is yours.

Hoffman explain the rules


The overweight Eddie takes an early lead by slicing off and tossing his stomach fat/skin onto the scale while Simone attempts to cut off her fingers.Eddie puts more skin and fat onto the scale, making Simone realize she is losing precious time. Simone, running out of time, begins to cut her arm at the mid section, however, after seeing Eddie toss even more flesh onto the scale, Simone panics, and starts to cut faster. The drills begin drilling deeper, causing Simone to cut her upper part of her arm. Simone then notices that she is losing, so she grabs a meat cleaver and starting to hack away higher up her arm, severing it from her body. With only seconds to spare, Simone grabs her severed arm and tosses it down the chute, onto the scale, tipping the scale in her favor, and causing Eddie's harness to activate, drilling into his skull and killing him.

This trap was nominated on Scream 2010 for Most Memorable Mutilation. (Forced to cut off own flesh and own arm/Pound of flesh)

Original Idea: According to an audio commentary with director Kevin Greutert, and writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, Simone would originally cut off her fingers, then her hand, then her arm.

Saw 3D

The scale can be briefly in The Metropolitan Police Department during Saw 3D when Hoffman is tracking down Jill Tuck. It is most visible when Hoffman turns on the lights in the room Jill is hiding in.

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