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Saw is undeniably one of the most influential horror movie franchises to date. With seven movies to its name and an iconic killer who has since graced the halls of pop culture immortality, Saw will be returning from a seven year hiatus in this year's Jigsaw.

Directed by Michael and Peter Spierig of Predestination fame, is set to be a return to the infamous 'torture porn' sub-genre with an unapologetic love for sadistic traps and creative murder sequences. But before Jigsaw hits cinemas later this month, the Spierigs have some noteworthy horror movies they'd recommend their potential audience to check out before seeing Jigsaw's posthumous return to the big screen.

Nothing Can Beat The Classics

When speaking with Entertainment Weekly about the latest chapter in the Saw movies, the Spierig brothers revealed what their favorite horror movies were and why. As you might expect, the two have nothing but adoration for some of the genre's most beloved titles.

Peter: I think probably 'The Exorcist.' It’s still creepy today, and people who haven’t seen it, even by today’s standards, would be creeped out by it. It’s just one of those movies that has an atmosphere, and a tone, that is creepy from the get-go. It’s just a brilliant movie.”

Micheal: One of my favorite movies of all time is John Carpenter’s 'The Thing.' I love that movie and I love John Carpenter. That film is brilliant on so many levels. Certainly, on a psychological, paranoid level, but also on a makeup effects level. It’s the best makeup effects ever in a movie. I watch that every Halloween. It’s a fantastic movie.”

The Exorcist and The Thing may have different scare tactics, but their influence in Jigsaw is evident. Where the famous supernatural thriller about demonic possession lent its mix of horror and mystery to the investigative side of the latest Saw movie, John Carpenter's seminal creature-feature inspired the gory spectacles that Micheal promises Jigsaw to be filled with.

"We’ve got some pretty wild traps in the film — we don’t shy away from the gore. It’s such a perfect Halloween scarefest."

Great recommendations aside, fans of the infamous Jigsaw killer and his many apprentices are wondering how the new movie will measure up to its predecessors. With this in mind, Michael promises that the soft reboot will not only be a fun, bloody ride filled with traps and a clever story, but that Jigsaw will also reclaim its mantle and become this year's must-see Halloween movie.

“It’s perhaps not quite as vicious and more fun, which is something we tried to inject into it. But it’s still full of good fun gore, that’s for sure. And, on top of that, it’s got a really great mystery, and there’s very interesting twists. It’s Saw for 2017.”

'Saw II' [Credit: Lionsgate Films]
'Saw II' [Credit: Lionsgate Films]

More than a decade after John Kramer a.k.a. the Jigsaw Killer (Tobin Bell) died, bodies bearing the marks of the infamous serial killer leave the police force stumped. Against all logic, the evidence points to the deceased Kramer as the culprit, and the police now have to get to the bottom of the mystery before more people perish in Jigsaw's games.

For long-time Saw fans, the chance to see new Jigsaw traps work their torturous magic on the big screen will certainly be worth the price of admission. As the release of Jigsaw nears, most fans will surely be having a Saw marathon – and perhaps it now makes sense to add the Spierig brothers' two favorite titles to the list as well.

What's your favorite classic horro? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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