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The Best Horror Movie Franchises

List Criteria: List includes horror franchises/series, including remakes and reboots. Judge the series as a whole.

What are the best horror movie franchises? Certainly, some of the biggest factors in determining a great horror movie series include box office numbers and the sheer number of films in the franchise, but let's face it: A list of the top scary film series' of all time should be based on one thing... how scary the movies really are! This list includes some of the biggest and the best horror movie franchises ever, so vote for your favorites and feel free to re-rank the movie series' in any order you want. And if your favorite horror movie series isn't listed, by all means, add it!

Any list of great horror movie franchises must include the Halloween and Friday the 13th series. The Halloween series was born in the late 1970s, ushering in a slew of excellent slasher horror movies. And really, the Friday the 13th series includes some of the best 80s horror movies ever made. In fact, several of the top scary film series' on this list first began in the 80s, though some, like the Scream series and the Final Destination series actually dominated 90s horror movies.

With so many outstanding horror franchises to choose from, how do you pick the best? If you need a reference point, you should check out this list of the greatest horror films ever made. You'll note that several of the top ranked films are actually the cornerstones of fantastic horror franchises, including A Nightmare on Elm Street, AlienThe Exorcist, and Poltergeist.
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    the people's #1 & most listed Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Lin Shaye

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

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    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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    Ali Larter, Seann William Scott, Devon Sawa

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    Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Gunnar Hansen

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    Doug Bradley, Kenneth Nelson, Andrew Robinson

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    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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    George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

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    Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Dinah Manoff

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    added by Dark Orion Justin Long, Eileen Brennan, Victor Salva

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Isaacs

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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    often listed Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson

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    ranked low on reranks Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw

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    ranked low on reranks Craig T. Nelson, Heather O'Rourke, Zelda Rubinstein

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    added by wiabux Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh

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    Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

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    added by Dark Orion Rob Zombie, Rainn Wilson, Chris Hardwick

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    Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong

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    added by Dark Orion Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

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    Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward

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    often listed & added by Dark Orion Nicole de Boer, Julian Richings, David Hewlett

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Rosa Blasi, Bill Pullman

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    Gregory Peck, Patrick Troughton, Lee Remick

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    Rod Steiger, Margot Kidder, James Brolin

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Barbara Crampton, William Hickey, Irene Miracle

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    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche

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    Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Tony Todd

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    added by StacyWolfe Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser, Patricia Velásquez

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    added by Gnomehound74 Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden

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    Michelle Williams, Forest Whitaker, Ben Kingsley

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    ranked low on reranks Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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    added by Gnomehound74 George Wendt, Richard Moll, Kay Lenz

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    Verne Troyer, Robert Englund, Tony Todd

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    often listed & added by StacyWolfe Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard, Drew Sawyer

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jennifer Aniston, Warwick Davis, Ken Olandt

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Gnomehound74 Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    ranked low on reranks & added by StacyWolfe Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern

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    Emilie de Ravin, Ted Levine, Vinessa Shaw

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    Carmen Electra, Anna Faris, Shannon Elizabeth

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    added by DickNixon Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Traci Lords

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    Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister

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    added by StacyWolfe Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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    added by StacyWolfe Alien/Predator

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    added by StacyWolfe Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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    Billy Zane, M. Emmet Walsh, Dee Wallace

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