Greatest Horror Movie Franchises


The Top Ten

1 Friday the 13th

I love this list, its like I made it! But I would put it on 6, but its still a great list. And Jason is the best horror movie.

Nothing I knew. But the cult says it is..

The best by far. The Movies are gory and just very fun to watch.

The original greatest movie of all time

2 A Nightmare on Elm Street

Just good - ElSherlock

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

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.

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!

3 Halloween

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

Better then Jason and Freddy

One of the best slasher movie franchise - ElSherlock

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.

4 Saw

Some movies were bad - ElSherlock

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

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.

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.

5 Scream

Some sequels are good - ElSherlock

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!

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.

6 Alien

Alien Convenant sucked - ElSherlock

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

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7 Child's Play

Curse of Chucky is one the best films in the series - ElSherlock

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

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

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

8 Final Destination

Final Destination 5 is the best one - ElSherlock

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

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

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.

9 The Evil Dead

Awesome - ElSherlock

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

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!

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10 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Scariest movie franchise ever - ElSherlock


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 Paranormal Activity

Kind of good - ElSherlock

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

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

14 George Romero's "Dead" series

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

Classic - ElSherlock

Should be higher - germshep24

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

15 Jaws
16 Scary Movie
17 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.

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

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.

18 Omen
19 Children of the Corn

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! - Mnsdjjfijf

Really underrated! I liked most of them!

20 The Grudge

Would this be a spinoff of the ring

This franchise has scary movies! - Userguy44

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

21 The Three Mothers
22 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

23 Frankenstein

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

Most classic - Granton8ter05

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

24 Phantasm

A very underrated franchise - germshep24

25 The Ring
26 Wrong Turn

It went downhill after the 3 movies - ElSherlock

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

This should be top 10.

27 The Exorcist

I don't see why they had to make more than one - Mnsdjjfijf

Every movie except the first were awful.

28 Psycho

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

29 Candyman
30 Jurassic Park

Not a horror movie - ElSherlock

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

31 Jeepers Creepers

The third one is awful - ElSherlock

I waited for the third one for years only to meet total bull crp

The first 2 movies were good but the third one was absolute crap.

32 The Conjuring
33 [REC]

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

34 Tremors
35 The Hills Have Eyes

It scared us to the bone.

36 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

37 The Howling
38 Prom Night
39 Leprechaun

Hmm - ElSherlock

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

40 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

41 Feast

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

42 Pumpkinhead
43 Hatchet

Victor Crowley is awesome

44 Boogeyman

Very creepy

45 Sinister
46 Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Well hear the critics it has good number of viewers.
A blend of sci-fi and horror with their tales of secret alien invasions that find plant-based alien invaders slowly replacing humans with emotionless, alien clones grown in pods. Typically, the film's hero discovers the plan but finds it hard to convince others that it is indeed happening and is not just a paranoid delusion.
Should be in the list..

47 It (2017)
48 Anabelle
49 The Hitcher
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Updated 2 Nov 2019

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