Greatest Horror Movie Franchises

The Top Ten
1 Friday the 13th Friday the 13th Product Image

this franchises is ok, but I think there are much better movie franchises, halloween, a nightmare on elm street, scream, saw, childs play, the texas chainsaw massacre is scary as hell, I know what you did last summer, but that how people voted so ok.

I'm proud to see this as the #1 franchise on the list. The movies vary in terms of production values and plot originality but they make up for it with playful tension, clever kills, and a barrel of fun (with 'Part VI' being the best of the bunch).

Jason rules! Parts 1 through 7 and Freddy vs. Jason are all either very good or great. No other series is that much depth.

Top 10
1. Friday the 13th
2. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
3. Final Destination
4. Halloween
5. A Nightmare on Elmstreet
6. Evil Dead
7. Saw
8. Hellraiser
9. Phantasm
10. Alien

Glad this is number one. Even the ones where it ISN'T Jason are enjoyable. my favorites are actually 3, 5, and 6. (yes I know 5 isn't jason, but still good in my opinion) Overall though much more solid than the Halloween series in which only 2 and 7 are good in my opinion

2 A Nightmare on Elm Street A Nightmare on Elm Street Product Image

I saw the first nightmare on elm street because it had johnny depp in it and at the time I had a crush on him, so I saw it, it was really good, the movie's after that where ok but not as good as the first one.

THERE IS NO COMPARISON. The Nightmare on Elm Street series plants a new seed in horror. The utter thought of someone being able to crawl their way into your nightmares, control your mental state, and kill you from the inside, is probably the most terrifying premise in horror. Not only is every entry enjoyable on some level, but the series introduces the most iconic horror villain of all time. Freddy Krueger has personality unlike the unoriginal generic slasher. If you are a horror fan, this is the go-to franchise.

Friday the 13th just got stupid, and Halloween 3 ruined the franchise. But, there is no non enjoyable Nightmare film. Also, there is no Horror character as iconic as Freddy Krueger.

I just wish we could see more 'New Nightmare'-inspired films these days. The fictional entering reality. What a terrific concept.

3 Halloween Halloween Product Image

what? how is halloween not number one?, I think the halloween movies are the best, but not season of the witch's, that one sucked, it didn't have any of the right people in it, where was michael? if he is not in the movie then it's not halloween, it's just a movie about something that happend on halloween.

How this isn't #1 is beyond me! Sure they've had some crap movies, but what franchise hasn't? They're are the perfect horror movies, and only about 4 of them are bad. The other 6 are some of the greatest horror movies of all-time.

My Top 15 ( no particular order)
1. Halloween
2. Friday the 13th
3. Saw
4. Child's Play
5. Scream
6. Final Destination
7. Wrong Turn
8. Jeepers Creepers
9. I Know What You Did Last Summer
10. Hostel
11. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
12. The Hills Have Eyes
13. A Nightmare On Elm Street
14. Hellraiser
15. Vacancy

Halloween is awesome due to surprises, psychology, and the music. The drama isn't bad either, the way they show Michael Myer's relatives' trauma.

4 Scream Scream Product Image

Scream is DEFINITELY the best for me. I watched this movie about a month before I chose my GCSE's (my subjects to take for the next 3 years) and this film was one of the main reasons I chose drama, for some reason it made me REALLY wanna star in a horror movie! Besides that, although this franchise is pretty cheesy, I still love it! I haven't seen the 4th one yet but even though the 3rd film isn't as good as the first 2, ITS STILL GREAT!

The First Two were amazing, the third was awful and the fourth was watchable.
This is one of the few horror movies that has something for everyone. All the killing and suspense for the horror fans, not too much blood or gore for the squeamish, and a lot of humor for everyone! Not to mention a great cast.

I love all the screams. None were really a let down with me and that's why I'm voting for this franchise. CONSISTENCY

Nevertheless seen it, but it did better then the Friday the 13th franchise

5 Saw Saw Product Image

Saw is a horror franchise distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment and produced by Twisted Pictures that consists of seven films and two video games, published by Konami. The franchise began with the 2003 short film which was created by Australian director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell to help pitch as a potential feature film. This was successfully done in 2004 with the release of the first feature film at the Sundance Film Festival. It was released theatrically that October. The sequels were directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, David Hackl and Kevin Greutert and were written by Wan, Whannell, Bousman, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, and have been released subsequently every October, on the Friday before Halloween. Both of the creators remained with the franchise as executive producers. On July 22, 2010, producer Mark Burg confirmed that the seventh film, Saw 3D is the final installment of the series.

Series creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell are still open to ...more

AN unbelievable, entertaining, violent, amazing and successful franchise which would be the best of all time. I liked all the saws and I was not disappointed one bit.

To me, Saw is by far the best horror movie franchise I have ever seen in my life. The unpredictable plot of the series always kept me awake when I wanted to sleep.

Twists and turns keep you on the edge of your seat for 7 movies. Great acting, great plot, amazing movies. Saw will always be in my top 10 favorite movies

6 Alien Alien Product Image

Alien franchise is true classic. I love all 4 parts and still hope they make another one

The original 'Alien' and 'Aliens' are classics. '3' and 'Resurrection' are crap while 'Prometheus' and 'Covenant' are under-appreciated. The series has had its ups and downs but I'll always be a fan.

The first two were fantastic, the rest went down hill

Very scary, especially for it's time

7 Child's Play Child's Play Product Image

The only series that hasn't had an awful movie in the series, sure there was some asinine movies like pregnancy thing and Chucky's son, but they still kept it entertaining. TThis Franchise succeeds because it saw how stupid the concept of a killer doll was and rolled with it not trying to be serious and making fun of itself

Curse of Chucky is one the best films in the series

I have only seen 3 of them. And they were awesome.

Chucky marry me I love you just a joke Tiffany just joking ok

8 The Evil Dead The Evil Dead Product Image

It's a shame that a fifth film was never produced. I heard it was meant to combine Ash's trilogy with the 2013 film. I'm sure it would have been great. At least we have the 'Ash vs. Evil Dead' to enjoy in its place.

Definitely the greatest horror franchise of all time. The original 3 movies are great, the remake is great and the T.V. show is great!


A very well done trilogy, the best rated series on this list, even the remake was good though no where near as iconic as the original trilogy

9 Final Destination Final Destination Product Image

The only series that has made successful series that is purely about killing people in creative ways.

This series succeeds where Saw couldn't make a series about deaths but this one manage to keep the deaths fun

I love the concept of how their is a psychic that can see when everyone will die although you will never know how they die until you see them get their head blown off or strangled to death.

In order best to worst
1. Final destination 3
2. Final destination 5
3. Final destination 2
4. Final destination 1
5. Final destination 4

Not bad, but the picture missed final destination 5.

10 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Product Image

The best Psychological horror movie and very underrated sequel

This is the scariest movie ever!

Scariest movie franchise ever

the worst because it's real.

The Contenders
11 Hannibal Lecter Series
12 Insidious Insidious Product Image

Actually pretty consistent Franchise should be higher

Should be top 8.

13 Paranormal Activity Paranormal Activity Product Image

Seriously, A demon ghost coming in and scaring your family and eventually killing you and/or your family.

Very boring series, that should get created for becoming a success

Vote this movie the movie is like blair wicth is really horor entertaning and fun

Kind of good

14 George Romero's "Dead" series

Romero is pure genius with a finger on the pulse of America with his original Dead trilogy.

This should be higher. I like most of the films especially when people kill zombies.

Should be higher

15 Jaws Jaws Product Image
16 Universal Monsters

How can this be on the end of the list? They have some of the greatest movies of all times. They are the first Horror Franchise, established the genre and with the original Frankenstein have the purest horror scene of all times. They really belong to the top, but even if you disagree, they defenetly should be in the top 5.

Classics such as Frankenstein, Dracula and The Invisible. Also, includes some other greats such as The Mummy, The Wolf Man and Creature From The Black Lagoon.

Shouldn't be at the very botton, but I have a feeling it was one of the last things added to the list after people lost interest in the list

17 Scary Movie Scary Movie Product Image
18 Omen Omen Product Image

how did nobody vote for this? this movie was so scary, and that kid, wow scary.

19 Children of the Corn Children of the Corn Product Image

Some of the films (like Children Of The Corn 2) get bad reviews but I think they are all awesome! None at as good as the original though!

Really underrated! I liked most of them!

20 The Grudge The Grudge Product Image

Ju-on is one of the best series out there, should be in the top 5, perhaps even top 3

Would this be a spinoff of the ring

This franchise has scary movies!

21 The Three Mothers
22 Hellraiser Hellraiser Product Image

The first 3 parts were awesome, some others were lame, but overall it has more good movies than bad ones. It should be in the Top ten in my opinion, I'd even rate it Top 3

Hellraiser 1: Good, violent and creative
Hellraiser 2: Hellbound: Watchable, violent and creative
Hellraiser 3: Hell on Earth: Fun to watch, very violent and some new ideas
Hellraiser 4: Bloodline: A bit boring, violent, but not much new to the table
Hellraiser 5: Inferno: A bit boring. Violent. Nothing really special
Hellraiser 6: Hellseeker: Boring. Violent. Nothing special.
Hellraiser 7: Deader: Nothing much entertaining about the film. Not much violence like predecessors. Nothing new.
Hellraiser 8: Hellworld: Very boring. Not much violence. Nonsense plot, only thing new was that Hell was in a video game (?)
Hellraiser 9: Revelations: TERRIBLE MOVIE! Nothing really violent, only new thing was being one of the worst horror movies of all time!

IMDb ratings:
Original: 7/10
Hellbound: 6.5/10
Hell on Earth: 5.4/10
Bloodline: 5.1/10
Inferno: 5.6/10
Hellseeker: 5.1/10
Deader: 4.6/10
Hellworld: 4.2/10
Revelations: 2.9/10

23 Frankenstein

The fact that this series isn't even on this list while prom night is makes me lose all faith in humanity.

The first two were absolutely amazing, people forget that B&W movies can be franchises too

Most classic

24 The Conjuring The Conjuring Product Image
25 Phantasm Phantasm Product Image

A very underrated franchise

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