The creepy mascot of the Saw franchise and why horror fans adore it

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While many characters, foes, and villains have earned their horror spotlight, very few props have managed to rise to the higher ranks of darkness. That being said, Billy the Puppet is as important to the Saw franchise as the antihero himself and its role as gamemaster makes it a crucial part of the delivery of disturbing news. 

Who is Billy the Puppet? 

Billy the Puppet is a machine-driven doll that was used as a chilling prop throughout each film within the Saw franchise. Its popularity has allowed it to join ranks of the horror genre’s famous serial killers because of its threatening appearance and hellish laugh that was quickly considered a memorable element of the brand. Needless to say, the Jigsaw killer, John Kramer, transcribed his rules and restrictions behind each deadly game and uses Billy the Puppet as his personal informant to relay the details to captured victims. By use of a tape recording and the prop’s robotic movements, Billy the Puppet can move, speak, and get your horror-loving heart racing!

Why do horror fans love it?

Franchise aficionados are obsessed with Billy the Puppet and the horror collectibles that resemble it because of: 

  • The unique joint effort in combining the features of a clown with a ventriloquist dummy — pale white face with a protruding brow and checks with vibrant red spirals painted across them with a mouth that’s operated and affixed with a string. 
  • The demonic look — red lips that form a grin, with black eyes featuring devilish red irises.
  • The classic outfit — the mechanical puppet wears a black tuxedo with a white shirt and gloves while also embellishing a red bow tie, shoes, and handkerchief. I guess you could say he’s better dressed than most evildoers in the genre.
  • The uncanny realism — Although Billy the Puppet is a prop used by Kramer, his eerie embellishments and recurring appearances make him appear livelier and authentic than the man behind the strings. Fans also can replicate Billy the Puppet horror collectibles by cloaking their bodies in thrilling, hair-raising costumes.  

Why do you collect Billy the Puppet horror collectibles? Drop a comment below to compare with other fans! 

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