Revealing the Films in Vault Three of the SAW Canon

ScreenAge Wasteland has always had one goal, and that is to bring back the cinema conversations of old. We’re dedicated to growing and harvesting a community that discusses every genre of film and TV whether it’s new, old, or obscure.

It’s the reason why we have recurring series like Question of the Day, Power Rankings, What to Stream, That Pairs Nicely, and Film Films for…Birthday. We’re a team of individuals that love film and want to discuss all aspects of it.

This brings us to The SAW Canon. During the last few months of 2019, our team worked together to select over 200 films from the dawn of cinema to the present day that we considered to be worthy of entering a sacred canon. In the event of Earth being completely nuked, these are films we would want the survivors to find safely locked away in a vault.

Our picks may not be as universally beloved as AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies, but that was never the idea. We picked films that aren’t just classics but damn good films. Films that changed and shaped us into the human beings we are today. And we want to share our thoughts with you on why these films feel like a part of us.


Below are the 28 films that will comprise Vault Three.



  • Seven Samurai (1954)


  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
  • The Birds (1963)
  • Planet of the Apes (1968)


  • A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
  • Apocalypse Now (1979)


  • Poltergeist (1982)
  • The Outsiders (1983)
  • The Breakfast Club (1985)


  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  • Pulp Fiction (1994)
  • The Truman Show (1998)


  • Elf (2003)
  • Oldboy (2003)
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
  • Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)


  • Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)
  • Under the Skin (2013)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  • Arrival (2016)
  • The Witch (2016)
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
  • Parasite (2019)
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

Vault Three begins on February 9th when Marmaduke Karlston offers his thoughts on The Truman Show.

See you in the trenches, screenagers.

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

"Wait a minute. Wait a minute Doc, uh, are you telling me you built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?"