Greatest Horror Movie Franchises


The Top Ten

1 Friday the 13th

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

Should be #2 behind Halloween, but still a great franchise... Especially the original 3= Perfection

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

Number one slasher

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2 A Nightmare on Elm Street

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.

Should be number one much more consistent than any other horror Franchise with only one truly bad movie in the bunch, whereas Friday the 13th has a nearly 50/50 split of good to bad movies, also must of the kills in the original were taken from the stellar Italian film Twitch of the Death Nerve - germshep24

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.

Parts 1, 3 and 7 are brilliant! Parts 2 and 4 are watchable and parts 5 and 6 are awful, especially part 5 which was so boring!

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3 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.

Outside of the first Helloween movie that is one of the greatest horror movies ever made, the series hasn't had any stand out movies - germshep24

Hands down the best horror movie followed by Friday the 13th.

This is the one that started it all there for it is the best

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4 Saw

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.

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 - Jonerman

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.

Saw was amazing after that it just turned into a series trying to be cool with gruesome deaths and failing - germshep24

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5 Scream

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

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.

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!

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

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6 Alien

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

The first two were fantastic, the rest went down hill - germshep24

Very scary, especially for it's time

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. - BKAllmighty

7 Child's Play

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 - germshep24

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

Best horror icon, best franchise :1,2,3, & 6

ChildÂ's play 1: Great, Incredible acting and voice acting, Fine animated Chucky, Interesting mystery.

ChildÂ's play 2: Fantastic! Cool and amazing animated Chucky, Fantastic acts, And cool realation ship between Andy and Kyle.

ChildÂ's play 3: Fine, A bit uninteresting, Brown skin coloured kid acted bad, but Andy did an amazing job of acting in that movie, fine animated Chucky.

Bride of Chucky: Ehhh, I guess it is okay.. fine kill counts, and OK animated Chucky.

Seed of Chucky: Fine, I guess... a little no sense, cool kill counts, finely voice acting.

Curse of Chucky: Bit boring, no sense acting, bad designed Chucky, bad animated Chucky, worst Chucky series.

Cult of Chucky: Uhhh, nice? But the ending secne gaved nonsense.. fine animated Chucky, a bit bad act.


ChildÂ's play 1: 7/ 10.

ChildÂ's play 2: 9.2/10.

ChildÂ's play 3: 6.5/10.

Bride of Chucky: 5.7/10

Seed of Chucky: 6.1/10.

Curse ...more

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8 The Evil Dead

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 - germshep24

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!

Love the first one, love the sequels, love the spinoff shows, love bruce campbell, and, in short, evil dead truly can do no wrong

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. - BKAllmighty

9 Final Destination

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 - germshep24

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

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.

Love these movies

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10 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The best Psychological horror movie and very underrated sequel - germshep24

This is the scariest movie ever!

The Contenders

11 Hannibal Lecter Series
12 Insidious

Actually pretty consistent Franchise should be higher - germshep24

Should be top 8.

13 Jaws
14 Paranormal Activity

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 - germshep24

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

15 Hellraiser

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 - NjakDjak

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: RevelationsTERRIBLE 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

16 Jurassic Park

Lol, this is not a horror movie. This should not be on this list.

17 George Romero's "Dead" series

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

Should be higher - germshep24

18 Scary Movie
19 Friday the 13th

Already on the list - germshep24

20 Omen
21 Children of the Corn

Really underrated! I liked most of them!

22 Gremlins

It's just so creepy I hope there's a third one coming out.

I wouldn’t call this a horror movie as it was mostly aimed for older kids like 8+ or something - Granton8ter05

23 The Three Mothers
24 Universal Monsters 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 - germshep24

25 Frankenstein

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

Most classic - Granton8ter05

The first two were absolutely amazing, people forget that B&W movies can be franchises too - germshep24

26 The Grudge

Ju-on is one of the best series out there, should be in the top 5, perhaps even top 3 - germshep24

27 Phantasm

A very underrated franchise - germshep24

28 The Ring
29 Candyman
30 Wrong Turn

The first 3 were really good and the last 3 were really poor

This should be top 10.

31 The Exorcist

Every movie except the first were awful.

32 Psycho

This is probably the ONLY franchise whose every movie is more than good(except the remake and Bates Motel(1987) :))

33 Tremors
34 [REC]

One of the best zombie movies ever made. I liked all of the movies of the franchise.

35 Cube

The second movie had a crappy ending, but the first movie and the prequel were awesome! Excellent characters!

It was so good! The ending of Cube: Zero was a shocker

36 The Howling
37 Prom Night
38 Leprechaun

Leprechaun you stink you barely kill all you do is talk talk talk blah blah blah so say I if you don't vote for leprechaun vote for chucky

39 Jeepers Creepers
40 Feast

It is crazy. The beast can eat someone in a matter of seconds.

41 Pumpkinhead
42 Hatchet

Victor Crowley is awesome

43 Boogeyman

Very creepy

44 The Hills Have Eyes

It scared us to the bone.

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