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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.

The Best Horror Movie Franchises Films
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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon

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    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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    Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson

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    James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

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    Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

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    Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward

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