Twisted Pictures

Twisted Pictures is an American production company and a division of Evolution Entertainment that specializes in horror and thriller movies. The company was founded by Evolution's Mark Burg, Oren Koules, and Gregg Hoffman in 2004. The company is known for producing the successful Saw film franchise.

Twisted Pictures
IndustryMotion picture industry
Founded2004 (2004)
ParentEvolution Entertainment
DivisionsTwisted Television


In 2004, following Evolution Entertainment's pre-release success with Saw, its executives, Mark Burg, Oren Koules, and Gregg Hoffman, founded Twisted Pictures as Evolutions's division for films in the horror genre.[1] Saw was released in October 2004 and became a success at the box office, leading Lionsgate Films, the film's distributor, to sign a nine-picture deal with Twisted Pictures in November that year.[2] Twisted Pictures has since produced all installments in the Saw franchise. Carl Mazzocone served as president for four years.[3]

In June 2007, the company formed a joint venture with RKO Pictures to remake four films from the latter's library, namely Five Came Back (1939), I Walked with a Zombie (1943), The Body Snatcher (1945) and Bedlam (1946).[4][5]

In October 2009, Twisted Pictures landed a deal with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's rights holders, Bob Kuhn and Kim Henkel, after discussions with the film's production company, Platinum Dunes, fell apart. The deal was stated to cover multiple pictures.[6]

On June 28, 2012, Twisted Pictures opened Twisted Television, a new television division that would produce an eponymous television adaptation of the movie Anger Management.


Year Film Director Distributor Budget Gross
2004 Saw James Wan Lionsgate Films $1.2 million $103.9 million
2005 Saw II Darren Lynn Bousman $4 million $147.7 million
2006 Saw III $10 million $164.9 million
2007 Dead Silence James Wan Universal Pictures $20 million $22.2 million
Saw IV Darren Lynn Bousman Lionsgate Films $10 million $139.4 million
2008 Catacombs Tomm Coker
David Elliot
Lionsgate Films
Universal Pictures
Chiller Films
Saw V David Hackl Lionsgate Films $10.8 million $113.9 million
Repo! The Genetic Opera Darren Lynn Bousman $8.5 million $188,126
2009 Saw VI Kevin Greutert $11 million $68.2 million
2010 The Tortured Robert Lieberman VVS Films N/A N/A
Saw 3D Kevin Greutert Lionsgate Films $20 million $136.2 million
2011 Vlog Joshua Butler Anchor Bay Entertainment N/A N/A
2014 Catch Hell Ryan Phillippe eOne Films N/A N/A
2016 Submerged Steven C. Miller IFC Midnight N/A N/A
2017 Havenhurst Andrew C. Erin Brainstorm Media N/A N/A
Jigsaw The Spierig Brothers Lionsgate Films $10 million $103 million
2020 The Organ Donor Darren Lynn Bousman


  1. Harris, Dana (March 3, 2005). "Twisted, LG find way into 'Catacombs'". Variety. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  2. B., Brian (November 10, 2004). "Lions Gate and Twisted Pictures enter a 9 picture deal". MovieWeb. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  3. "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D Revs Up". May 10, 2011. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  4. Fleming, Michael (June 15, 2007). "RKO genre films get Twisted". Variety. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  5. Miska, Brad (October 21, 2008). "Twisted Pictures and RKO Preps Their Slate of Remakes". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  6. Fleming, Michael (October 9, 2009). "Twisted moves to 'Texas'". Variety. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
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