The Best Horror Movie Franchises Films
Ultimate List
5  reranks 6,552 votes 377 voters 17,853 views by  Ranker
Staff
more info

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.'
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
  • 5 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
</> Rerank List
Score
  1. 1
    Up 186
    Down 54

    the people's #1 &most listed
    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    1984 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 159
    Down 52
    1978 More
    89
  3. 3
    Up 160
    Down 58
    1980 More
    88
  4. 4
    Up 146
    Down 48
    1979 More
    87
  5. 5
    Up 129
    Down 55
    1981 More
    85
  6. 6
    Up 115
    Down 61
    1996 More
    83
  7. 7
    Up 101
    Down 68
    2000 More
    75
  8. 8
    Up 87
    Down 65
    1987 More
    73
  9. 9
    Up 83
    Down 58
    1968 More
    72
  10. 10
    Up 88
    Down 68

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Resident Evil

    2002 More
    72
  11. 11
    Up 113
    Down 65
    2004 More
    71
  12. 12
    Up 99
    Down 51

    ranked low on reranks
    Child's Play

    1988 More
    70
  13. 13
    Up 97
    Down 53
    1974 More
    69
  14. 14
    Up 66
    Down 50
    2001 More
    69
    added by: Dark Orion
  15. 15
    Up 99
    Down 57
    1987 More
    68
  16. 16
    Up 51
    Down 50

    often listed
    Creepshow

    1982 More
    62
  17. 17
    Up 77
    Down 47
    1975 More
    61
  18. 18
    Up 56
    Down 52
    2003 More
    60
    added by: Dark Orion
  19. 19
    Up 78
    Down 39

    ranked low on reranks
    Poltergeist

    1982 More
    59
  20. 20
    Up 56
    Down 50
    2003 More
    58
    added by: Dark Orion
  21. 21
    Up 64
    Down 51
    1996 More
    58
  22. 22
    Up 50
    Down 48
    2002 More
    57
    added by: wiabux
  23. 23
    Up 57
    Down 52
    1984 More
    56
  24. 24
    Up 70
    Down 49
    1960 More
    56
  25. 25
    Up 55
    Down 54
    1990 More
    56
  26. 26
    Up 35
    Down 58

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Cube

    1997 More
    51
    added by: Dark Orion
  27. 27
    Up 53
    Down 56
    2004 More
    49
  28. 28
    Up 27
    Down 16
    1999 More
    49
    added by: StacyWolfe
  29. 29
    Up 41
    Down 47
    1997 More
    49
  30. 30
    Up 32
    Down 50

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Puppet Master

    1989 More
    49
  31. 31
    Up 53
    Down 47
    1976 More
    48
  32. 32
    Up 43
    Down 39
    1979 More
    47
  33. 33
    Up 35
    Down 33
    2006 More
    46
    added by: Gnomehound74
  34. 34
    Up 31
    Down 58

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Species

    1995 More
    45
  35. 35
    Up 43
    Down 47
    1992 More
    45
  36. 36
    Up 22
    Down 23
    1986 More
    44
    added by: Gnomehound74
  37. 37
    Up 25
    Down 46

    ranked high on reranks
    Wishmaster

    1997 More
    39
  38. 38
    Up 72
    Down 31

    ranked low on reranks
    The Shining

    1980 More
    39
    added by: Gnomehound74
  39. 39
    Up 9
    Down 17

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    V/H/S

    2012 More
    38
    added by: StacyWolfe
  40. 40
    Up 23
    Down 42

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Leprechaun

    1993 More
    38
  41. 41
    Up 85
    Down 43

    ranked low on reranks
    The Exorcist

    1973 More
    38
  42. 42
    Up 35
    Down 16
    1993 More
    33
    added by: StacyWolfe
  43. 43
    Up 20
    Down 13

    new! Blade

    1998 More
    27
    added by: DickNixon
  44. 44
    Up 52
    Down 48
    2006 More
    27
  45. 45
    Up 48
    Down 46
    2000 More
    26
  46. 46
    Up 27
    Down 25
    2000 More
    25
    added by: StacyWolfe
  47. 47
    Up 25
    Down 25
    1997 More
    25
    added by: StacyWolfe
  48. 48
    Up 20
    Down 23

    Alien/Predator

    23
    added by: StacyWolfe
  49. 49
    Up 28
    Down 34
    1979 More
    23
  50. 50
    Up 29
    Down 36
    1986 More
    22
  51. 64 +

    Something missing? Add it!

Is this list missing something?
RANKERS WHO ADDED ITEMS

items 1 - 50 of 63

think you can do better?

Rerank This List
why?

got a blog or website?

embed this list
why?

viewers of this list also saw

more popular lists