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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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Halloween Franchise is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Halloween is an American horror franchise that consists of ten films, novels, comic books, merchandise, and a video game. The franchise predominately focuses on the fictional character of ...more

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A Nightmare on Elm Street Fran... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
A Nightmare on Elm Street is an American horror franchise that consists of nine slasher films, a television series, novels, and comic books. The franchise began with the film A Nightmare on Elm ...more

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Friday the 13th Franchise is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Friday the 13th is an American horror franchise that comprises twelve slasher films, a television show, novels, comic books, a video game, and tie‑in merchandise, as of 2016. The franchise ...more

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Scream is an American horror franchise created by Kevin Williamson. Starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette, the film series has grossed over US$600 million in worldwide ...more

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre Franch... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is an American horror franchise consisting of seven slasher films, comics, and a video game adaptation of the original film. The franchise focuses on Leatherface, who ...more

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Child's Play Franchise is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Child's Play is a horror film franchise created by Don Mancini that consists of six slasher films, starring Academy Award nominee Brad Dourif. The first installment, Child's Play, was released ...more

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Saw Franchise is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Saw is an American horror franchise distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment and produced by Twisted Pictures that consists of seven feature films and additional media. In 2003, Australian ...more

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Alien Franchise is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Alien is a science-fiction action horror franchise centered on a film series that depicts Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and her battles with an extraterrestrial lifeform, ...more

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Evil Dead is a 2013 American supernatural horror film co-written and directed by Fede Alvarez in his directorial debut, produced by Bruce Campbell, Robert Tapert and Sam Raimi, and co-written by ...more

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Hellraiser Franchise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Hellraiser is a British horror franchise that consists of nine films, a series of comic books, and additional merchandise and media. The franchise is based on the novella The Hellbound Heart by ...more

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Romero's Dead Zombie Franchise is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Night of the Living Dead is a series of seven zombie horror films written and directed by George A. Romero and Cameron Romero beginning with the 1968 film Night of the Living Dead written by ...more

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Jaws Franchise is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Jaws is an American natural horror film series that started with a 1975 film that expanded into three sequels, a theme park ride, and other tie-in merchandise, based on a 1974 novel. The main ...more

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The Exorcist Franchise is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
The Exorcist is an American horror franchise consisting of five installments based on the novel The Exorcist, created by William Blatty, and part of The Exorcist franchise. The films have been ...more

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maria-tereza added Insidious is a series of American horror films from FilmDistrict except for the third one which was released by Gramercy Pictures. There are three films in the franchise, Insidious (2010), ...more

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Final Destination Franchise is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Final Destination is an American horror franchise composed of five films, comic books and novels. It is based on an unproduced spec script by Jeffrey Reddick, originally written for the X-Files ...more

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Jurassic Park Franchise is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
StacyWolfe added Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science-fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. The first installment of the Jurassic Park franchise, it is based on the 1990 novel of the same name ...more

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Predator Franchise is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
The Predator film series is a science fiction horror film franchise based on a race of fictional extraterrestrials created by Jim Thomas and John Thomas. Produced by 20th Century Fox, the series ...more

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Dark Orion added Jeepers Creepers is a 2001 American horror film written and directed by Victor Salva. The film takes its name from the 1938 song "Jeepers Creepers", which is featured in the film.

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paulo-júnior added The Conjuring is a series of American horror films created by Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes, as screenwriters, and distributed by the New Line Cinema division of Warner Bros. Pictures. The ...more

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Poltergeist Franchise is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Poltergeist is an American horror film series distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer during the 1980s. The original trilogy revolves around the members of the Freeling family, who are stalked and ...more

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wiabux added There have been at least a dozen films made which are either direct adaptations of Koji Suzuki's Ring books, or which create new stories using the same characters and background story of the ...more

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Psycho Franchise is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Psycho is an American horror franchise consisting of six films loosely based on the Psycho novels by Robert Bloch, namely Psycho, Psycho II, Psycho III, Bates Motel, Psycho IV: The Beginning, ...more

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Dark Orion added The Hills Have Eyes is an American horror franchise that consists of four slasher films, as well as a graphic novel and merchandise. The first film was released in 1977, The Hills Have Eyes; the ...more

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Candyman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Candyman is a 1992 American horror film written and directed by Bernard Rose, based on the short story "The Forbidden" by Clive Barker, though the film's scenario is switched from ...more

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maria-tereza added The Purge is a series of American dystopian action horror films written and directed by James DeMonaco. It currently consists of three films: The Purge (2013), The Purge: Anarchy (2014) and The ...more

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Creepshow is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Creepshow is a 1982 horror anthology film with elements of black comedy directed by George A. Romero and written by Stephen King. The film's ensemble cast included Hal Holbrook, Adrienne ...more

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Resident Evil Franchise is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
The Resident Evil film series consists of six science fiction action-horror films loosely based on the Capcom video games of the same name. Constantin Film bought the rights to the first film in ...more

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Amityville Franchise is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
The Amityville Horror film series is a series of American horror films that currently consists of 17 released films and centers on events in a haunted house in Amityville, New York.

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Ferry73 added Gremlins is a 1984 American horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante, released by Warner Bros. The film is about a young man who receives a strange creature called a mogwai as a pet, which then ...more

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The Omen Franchise is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
The Omen is a British-American horror film franchise beginning in 1976. The story was originally written by David Seltzer, who chose not to continue the series after the first novel. The second ...more

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Dark Orion added Wrong Turn is a franchise of six American slasher horror films created by Alan B. McElroy and distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. All six films follows various families of ...more

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I Know What You Did Last Summe... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
I Know What You Did Last Summer is a 1997 American slasher film based on the 1973 novel of the same name by Lois Duncan. The film changes many aspects of the book, which was not a slasher novel. ...more

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Gnomehound74 added Silent Hill is a 2006 psychological horror film directed by Christophe Gans and written by Roger Avary, Christophe Gans and Nicolas Boukhrief. The film is an adaptation of Konami's survival ...more

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The Grudge is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
The Grudge is a 2004 American horror film and the first installment in The Grudge franchise. It is a remake of the Japanese film Ju-on: The Grudge. The film was released in North America on ...more

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From Dusk Till Dawn franchise is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
From Dusk till Dawn is an American horror franchise concocted from the pairing of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. It has spawned so far a motion picture, two direct-to-video sequels, a ...more

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StacyWolfe added The Mummy is the title of several horror-adventure film series centered on an ancient Egyptian priest who is accidentally resurrected, bringing with him a powerful curse, and the ensuing efforts ...more

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Tremors Franchise is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
The Tremors franchise is a monster movie series centering on the vicious attacks of subterranean worm-like creatures known as graboids. It began in 1990 with the successful release of Tremors, ...more

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Alien vs. Predator is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
StacyWolfe added Alien vs. Predator is a 2004 American science fiction action film directed by Paul W. S. Anderson and starring Sanaa Lathan and Lance Henriksen. It is the first installment of the Alien vs. ...more

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Paranormal Activity Franchise is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Paranormal Activity is an American supernatural horror film series consisting of six films. Created by Oren Peli, the original film was widely released in 2009.

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maria-tereza added The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter, written by Bill Lancaster, and starring Kurt Russell. The film's title refers to its primary antagonist: a ...more

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Phantasm is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Phantasm is a 1979 American horror film directed, written, photographed, co-produced, and edited by Don Coscarelli. It introduces the Tall Man. He is opposed by a young boy, Mike, who tries to ...more

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DickNixon added The Blade films are based on the fictional Marvel Comics character of the same name, portrayed by Wesley Snipes. They were written by David S. Goyer, based on the comics by Marv Wolfman, and ...more

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paulo-júnior added The Hannibal Lecter franchise is an American media franchise that features the titular character and main antagonist, Hannibal Lecter, who originally appeared in a series of novels (starting ...more

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The Children of the Corn film series began with Children of the Corn, released in 1984. The franchise went on to release seven more sequels and one television remake in 2009. With the exception ...more

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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
maria-tereza added arrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's first major 1974 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Brian De Palma and written by Lawrence D. Cohen. The ...more

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maria-tereza added Return of the Living Dead is a zombie film series of five films beginning with the 1985 film The Return of the Living Dead.[

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Scary Movie Franchise is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Scary Movie is a series of American horror comedy parody films created by Keenen Ivory Wayans with his younger brothers, Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans, that mainly specialize in parodying ...more

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Puppet Master Franchise is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Puppet Master is an American horror film franchise which focuses on a group of anthropomorphic puppets animated by an Egyptian spell, each equipped with its own unique and dangerous device ...more

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Dark Orion added Cube is a Canadian psychological thriller horror film series. The three films were directed by Vincenzo Natali, Andrzej Sekula and Ernie Barbarash respectively. All three films are centered, ...more

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paulo-júnior added Night of the Living Dead is a 1990 American horror film directed by Tom Savini and starring Tony Todd, Patricia Tallman and Tom Towles. It is a remake of George A. Romero's 1968 horror film of ...more