The Best Horror Movie Franchises Films
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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,' 'Alien,' 'The Exorcist' and 'Poltergeist.'
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street

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    Child's Play

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    Poltergeist

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    Cube

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    Species

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    The Shining

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    Leprechaun

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    The Exorcist

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