The Best Horror Movie Franchises Films

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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    the people's #1
    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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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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    most listed
    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

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    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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    Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon

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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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    Ali Larter, Seann William Scott, Devon Sawa

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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    Jeepers Creepers

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    Justin Long, Eileen Brennan, Victor Salva

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    George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

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    Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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

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    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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    added by StacyWolfe
    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche

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    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

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    Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Isaacs

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    Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Vanessa A. Williams

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    Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson

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    Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Levine

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    James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

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    House of 1000 Corpses

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    Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick, Karen Black

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    Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner

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    Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland, Bill Pullman

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    The Mummy

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    Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser, Patricia Velásquez

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    Blade

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    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords

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    Silent Hill

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    Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden

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    Wrong Turn

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    Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

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    Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong

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    Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward

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    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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    Insidious

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    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson

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    added by StacyWolfe
    Alien/Predator

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    The Purge

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    Lena Headey, Ethan Hawke, Adelaide Kane

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    Cube

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

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    Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Randy McDowell

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    Barbara Crampton, William Hickey, Irene Miracle

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    Boogeyman

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    Emily Deschanel, Lucy Lawless, Barry Watson

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    Billy Zane, Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh

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    Mayim Bialik, Lance Henriksen, George Buck Flower

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    Tony Todd, Verne Troyer, Robert Englund

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    Carmen Electra, Anna Faris, Shannon Elizabeth

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    House

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    George Wendt, Kay Lenz, Richard Moll

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    Jennifer Aniston, Warwick Davis, Ken Olandt

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