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After floating its way to the top and quickly becoming the highest-grossing R-rated movie in America, the latest adaptation of Stephen King's popular novel It is set to return to cinemas, just in time for Halloween season. Audiences couldn't get enough of the new generation of the Losers Club and Pennywise the Dancing Clown (Bill Skarsgård), and Warner Brothers has stepped in to give people exactly more of what they want.

It is set to return to cinemas this weekend, just in time for Halloween and right before the month of October ends. With a box office gross of upwards $230 million in America alone, It is undoubtedly one of this year's most popular movies, making producers' decision to bring the first chapter of a two-part adaptation back to theaters.

'It' (2017) [Credit: Warner Brothers]
'It' (2017) [Credit: Warner Brothers]

However, the newly resurfaced will be facing some serious competition from another horror icon who also resurrected from relative pop culture obscurity. This weekend will see the release of , the eighth installment in the Saw franchise that's also hoping to revive Jigsaw's (Tobin Bell) long-dormant life-or-death games, and It will be going head-to-head with the Saw series' soft-reboot.

In previous years, the Saw movies consistently dominated the box office, only losing the top spot when Paranormal Activity introduced a wave of found-footage horror movies that overshadowed the so-called "Torture Porn" movies the Jigsaw Killer inspired. But even when they were raking in the money, the Saw movies have almost always been received negatively, with only its loyal cult fanbase giving it glowing reviews.

It (2017), on the other hand, earned both audience and critical approval, making it the current poster child of the modern horror genre. It won't be hard to imagine audiences quickly flocking to Pennywise's beloved murder spree instead of going back to the cult-favorite traps of Saw, but audience reaction can be a fickle, unpredictable thing.

After all, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween quickly rose to the number one spot despite its negative reception and the fact that Tyler Perry's movies have become more of a punchline than a legitimate comedic experience in recent years.

Which movie would you prefer to watch, It (2017) or Jigsaw? Share your thoughts in the comments below.



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