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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    Halloween is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Halloween Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

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    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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    Friday the 13th is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises


    Friday the 13th Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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

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    Scream Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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    Alien is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises


    Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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


    Saw Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises


    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

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    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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    Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon

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    Final Destination is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises


    Final Destination Ali Larter, Seann William Scott, Devon Sawa

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    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises


    Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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    Night of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises


    Night of the Living Dead George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

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


    Psycho Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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


    Predator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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    Jeepers Creepers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Jeepers Creepers Justin Long, Eileen Brennan, Victor Salva

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


    Poltergeist Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke

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


    Hellraiser Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence

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

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    The Ring Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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    Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises


    Resident Evil Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Isaacs

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    I Know What You Did Last Summe... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises


    I Know What You Did Last Summer Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche

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


    Candyman Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Vanessa A. Williams

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    The Amityville Horror is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises


    The Amityville Horror James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

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    House of 1000 Corpses is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    House of 1000 Corpses Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick, Karen Black

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    Insidious is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Insidious Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson

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    The Omen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises


    The Omen Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner

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    Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Levine

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    Creepshow is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises


    Creepshow Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland, Bill Pullman

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    The Mummy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    The Mummy Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser, Patricia Velásquez

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    From Dusk till Dawn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises


    From Dusk till Dawn Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

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    Wrong Turn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Wrong Turn Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

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    Blade is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Blade Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords

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    Children of the Corn is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises


    Children of the Corn Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong

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


    Tremors Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward

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    Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden

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    The Purge is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Lena Headey, Ethan Hawke, Adelaide Kane

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


    Paranormal Activity Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Randy McDowell

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


    Scary Movie Carmen Electra, Anna Faris, Shannon Elizabeth

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    Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Men in Black Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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    Cube is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Cube Nicole de Boer, Julian Richings, David Hewlett

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    Alien/Predator is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Alien/Predator

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    Gremlins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Gremlins Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

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    Barbara Crampton, William Hickey, Irene Miracle

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    Mayim Bialik, Lance Henriksen, George Buck Flower

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    Billy Zane, Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh

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    Boogeyman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Emily Deschanel, Lucy Lawless, Barry Watson

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    Tony Todd, Verne Troyer, Robert Englund

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    Jennifer Aniston, Warwick Davis, Ken Olandt

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