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Scariest movie monster: Freddy Krueger or Jigsaw?

It's October and we've resurrected our Monster Madness bracket. In round two, it's Freddy Krueger versus Jigsaw. Both monsters like torture—Freddy in nightmares and Jigsaw in real-life. Freddy gets stronger by terrorizing and killing teenagers in their nightmares. John Kramer, a.k.a. Jigsaw is a genius-level madman, who creates traps to test and torture his victims. Which movie monster is scarier?

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Just like a classic movie monster, our Monster Madness bracket is back and bigger than ever. We're pitting 16 heavyweight champions of horror against each other all month long, and you decide who wins the grand prize! Last year, Chucky ran away with the whole thing, toppling Freddy Krueger, Pinhead, and Michael Myers for the crown of scariest horror icon ever.

Candyman, Ghostface, Pinhead, Leprechaun, the Babadook, Annabelle, Norman Bates and Pazuzu were all slaughtered in the first round. Still, it's anyone's game—with new contestants Jigsaw, the Creeper and Pennywise eyeing the haunted throne in our second round. Don't forget to cast your vote in our other head-to-head brawls below, and may the scariest monster win! 👻 🎃 😱

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Freddy Krueger was created by horror master Wes Craven, who based Freddy's aesthetic off of a creepy man who peaked through his window as a child. Craven also drew inspiration from studies of people who died in their sleep. So Freddy's creation is even rooted in creepy, real-life situations. In 1984, "A Nightmare on Elm Street" reinvented the slasher horror genre and grossed more than $25 million domestically at the box office. Today, the franchise has made more than $370 million domestically.

Freddy was a child murderer who was burned by a mob of angry townsfolk in the fictional town of Springwood, Ohio. But Freddy Krueger would later get revenge on the families who live on Elm Street. He returned as a demonic spirit, hellbent on killing off the mob's teenaged offspring one-by-one in their nightmares. Dying in your sleep meant dying in the real world, which makes Freddy even more terrifying than some psycho chasing you around with a meat cleaver.

Freddy has used his astral projection abilities to kill off teenagers in their nightmares in some pretty creative ways, typically preying on their deepest, darkest fears. It was Robert Englund's performances as Freddy Krueger that popularized the character in the '80s, making him one of the most legendary monsters in pop culture. 

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Check out Freddy's top 10 kills, according to WatchMojo.

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John Kramer, a.k.a. Jigsaw, is an original character created by horror filmmakers James Wan and Leigh Whannell, first appearing in the 2004 film "Saw." Portrayed by veteran actor Tobin Bell, Jigsaw is a brilliant engineer who creates elaborate torture traps to test his victims and keeps a piece of flesh in the shape of puzzle piece from anyone who doesn't survive (hence the nickname). The franchise has grossed more than $873 million globally at the box office, with an eighth sequel set to debut on October 27.

Jigsaw has a sympathetic origin story, as Kramer was diagnosed with terminal cancer after a tragic miscarriage ended his marriage. Pushed to the brink of death, Jigsaw saw value in life and began to build elaborate torture traps designed to test subjects he deemed ungrateful. Always three steps ahead of everyone, Jigsaw is driven by the urge to see how far people are willing to go to live. Jigsaw also recruited a mentally unstable group of allies as the sprawling franchise began to resemble something like a horror soap opera.

While Kramer died over a decade ago (it's complicated), rumors indicate he will return in the upcoming eighth installment of the franchise, "Jigsaw."

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Here are 10 things you probably didn't know about the "Saw" franchise.

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Scariest movie monster: Freddy Krueger or Jigsaw?
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