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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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

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    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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    ranked low on reranks Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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    Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Gunnar Hansen

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    Ali Larter, Seann William Scott, Devon Sawa

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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw

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    Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Dinah Manoff

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    George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

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

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    Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Isaacs

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    Doug Bradley, Kenneth Nelson, Andrew Robinson

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    often listed & added by wiabux Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson

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

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh

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

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    Rod Steiger, Margot Kidder, James Brolin

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    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche

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    added by StacyWolfe Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern

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    added by Gnomehound74 Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden

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

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    Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong

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    Gregory Peck, Patrick Troughton, Lee Remick

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

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    Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Tony Todd

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

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    Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

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

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    Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Rosa Blasi, Bill Pullman

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    added by StacyWolfe Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser, Patricia Velásquez

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    Emilie de Ravin, Ted Levine, Vinessa Shaw

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    added by DickNixon Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Traci Lords

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    Barbara Crampton, William Hickey, Irene Miracle

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    Michelle Williams, Forest Whitaker, Ben Kingsley

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    added by StacyWolfe Alien/Predator

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    added by StacyWolfe Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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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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    Mayim Bialik, Lance Henriksen, George Buck Flower

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Brittany Snow, Leslie Nielsen

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    Verne Troyer, Robert Englund, Tony Todd

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    Sam Peckinpah, Carolyn Jones, Dana Wynter

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    added by Gnomehound74 George Wendt, Richard Moll, Kay Lenz

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