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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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

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    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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    Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon

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    Ali Larter, Seann William Scott, Devon Sawa

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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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    George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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    Jeepers Creepers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Justin Long, Eileen Brennan, Victor Salva

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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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    Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

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    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche

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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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    James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

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    Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner

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    Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Levine

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    Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson

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    House of 1000 Corpses is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick, Karen Black

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland, Bill Pullman

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    The Mummy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser, Patricia Velásquez

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

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    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson

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    Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

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

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    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords

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

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

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    Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden

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    Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward

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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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    Carmen Electra, Anna Faris, Shannon Elizabeth

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    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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    Cube is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Nicole de Boer, Julian Richings, David Hewlett

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    Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Randy McDowell

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    Gremlins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

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    Alien/Predator is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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    Alien/Predator

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    Barbara Crampton, William Hickey, Irene Miracle

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    Boogeyman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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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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    Jennifer Aniston, Warwick Davis, Ken Olandt

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