The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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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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    A Nightmare on Elm Street Fran... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises


    A Nightmare on Elm Street Franchise

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    Scream Franchise is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Alien Franchise is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises


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    Child's Play Franchise is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises


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    Evil Dead Franchise is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Romero's Dead Zombie Franchise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises


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    Final Destination Franchise is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises


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    Jaws Franchise is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises


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    Jeepers Creepers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Justin Long, Eileen Brennan, Victor Salva

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    Predator Franchise is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises


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    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

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    Hellraiser Franchise is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises


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    Poltergeist Franchise is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises


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    Psycho Franchise is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises


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    The Exorcist Franchise is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Insidious Franchise is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Vanessa A. Williams

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    Jurassic Park Franchise is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Amityville Franchise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises


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    House of 1000 Corpses is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick, Karen Black

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    Resident Evil Franchise is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises


    Resident Evil Franchise

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    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche

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    Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong

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    Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson

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    Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner

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    Wrong Turn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

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    Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Levine

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    Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland, Bill Pullman

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    Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

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    The Mummy Franchise is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    The Purge Franchise is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Blade Franchise is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward

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    Gremlins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

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    Cube is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Nicole de Boer, Julian Richings, David Hewlett

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    Alien/Predator is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Paranormal Activity Franchise is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises


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    Scary Movie Franchise is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises


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    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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    Men in Black Franchise is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister

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    The Thing is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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    Barbara Crampton, William Hickey, Irene Miracle

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    Underworld Franchise is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Underworld Franchise

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    An American Werewolf in London is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz, Rik Mayall

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