Graveyard Shift Which Horror Movie Franchises Deserve More Attention Than They Get?  

Lowe Saddler
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List Rules Which lesser-known franchises are worth a first, second, or third watch?

We all know about the big-name, big-budget horror movie franchises. There have been incredible scary movie remakes that we're more-than-familiar with and even horror movie heroes that pop up again and again to defeat the same villain. We know those brave guys and gals, too. If it's popular and even remotely related to blood, guts, and gore, horror movie buffs can tell you all about it.

What about the lesser-known horror movie franchises, though? How many fans can spout off facts and statistics about obscure trilogies like V/H/S or Cube? Ranker wanted to know. We polled scary movie fanatics everywhere to find out which franchises warrant a little more acclaim. The answers are a real treat if you've got a few free hours to view them during the coming weekend. We don't recommend that you eat a tub of cookie dough ice cream and popcorn like you would if you were binge-watching any other stellar movie franchises (the squirting blood might put you off your appetite) but you'll enjoy watching these esoteric movies just the same. 

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Hellraiser Franchise is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Which Horror Movie Franchises Deserve More Attention Than They Get?

Includes: Hellraiser, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, Hellraiser: Bloodline, Hellraiser: Inferno, Hellraiser: Hellseeker, Hellraiser: Deader, and Hellraiser: Hellworld

"The first two were mind bending... The characters are there, the horror [is there], just not enough funds, right producer, or imagination."

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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Evil Dead Franchise is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which Horror Movie Franchises Deserve More Attention Than They Get?

Includes: The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness, and Evil Dead

"As a newer alternative, the Evil Dead series starring Bruce Campbell... are the epitome of horror with sick humor! The cheesy one-liners alone made those movies some of the best."

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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Final Destination Franchise is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which Horror Movie Franchises Deserve More Attention Than They Get?

Includes: Final Destination, Final Destination 2, Final Destination 3, The Final Destination, and Final DEstination 5

"The deaths might be unrealistic but it's fun to guess how the people are gonna die."

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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Phantasm Franchise is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which Horror Movie Franchises Deserve More Attention Than They Get?
Phantasm Franchise

Includes: Phantasm, Phantasm II, Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead, and Phantasm: Ravager

"The movies went pretty low budget after the second one, but the story mythology is pretty good."

Phantasm is an American horror film series that consists of five films, novels, comic books, and merchandise. It's about the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm), a supernatural and malevolent undertaker who ...more

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Puppet Master Franchise is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which Horror Movie Franchises Deserve More Attention Than They Get?

Includes: Puppet Master I - X

"First three were really interesting and good. Then it got a little silly. But I’d love to see more with a better budget and great story."

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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The Collector is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which Horror Movie Franchises Deserve More Attention Than They Get?

Includes: The Collector and The Collection

"It's an underrated series that is a great tense horror series with great cat and mouse moments."

The Collector is a 2009 horror film written by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton and directed by Dunstan. Originally titled The Midnight Man, the script was originally intended to be a Saw ...more

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Tremors Franchise is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which Horror Movie Franchises Deserve More Attention Than They Get?

Includes: Tremors, Tremors 2: Aftershocks, Tremors 3: Back to Perfection, Tremors 4: The Legend Begins, and Tremors 5: Bloodlines

"I mean, come on, monsters coming from the ground? [It's] a child’s worst fear."

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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V/H/S is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which Horror Movie Franchises Deserve More Attention Than They Get?

Includes: V/H/S, V/H/S 2. and V/H/S Viral

"Believe it or not those are my favorite horror movies. No movies scare me but those do I can’t watch them alone ever..."

V/H/S is a 2012 American anthology horror film. It features a series of found-footage shorts written and directed by Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, and the ...more

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The Cube Franchise is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which Horror Movie Franchises Deserve More Attention Than They Get?

Includes: Cube, Cube 2: Hypercube, and Cube Zero

"Considering it was done with a low budget and minimal props and set, it was well written and tense. Could have been taken even further had it not been for financial restrictions."

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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Psycho Franchise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which Horror Movie Franchises Deserve More Attention Than They Get?

Includes: Psycho, Psycho II, Psycho III, Psycho IV: The Beginning 

"Psycho never gets enough attention. It started the slasher genre before even Halloween."

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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Pumpkinhead Franchise is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which Horror Movie Franchises Deserve More Attention Than They Get?

Includes: Pumpkinhead, Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings, Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes, and Pumpkinhead 4: Blood Feud

"Very creepy to me, I guess that's why I never carve pumpkins... I would love to see a horror producer/director mash up of the five or six best and collaborate the entire franchise beginning to end. Make them blend and interconnect a little better, a little more backstory detail about the main character, especially Pumpkinhead... It has never been done before and they could make a whole new one as a back story..."

Pumpkinhead is an American horror film series, which mainly focuses on Pumpkinhead, a gigantic vengeance demon, that destroys whomever it's summoned to destroy. The first film (1988) was the ...more

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Ginger Snaps is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which Horror Movie Franchises Deserve More Attention Than They Get?

Includes: Ginger Snaps, Ginger Snaps II, and Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning

"[All of them were] really good. Great werewolf movies!"

Ginger Snaps is a 2000 Canadian comic horror film directed by John Fawcett. The film focuses on two teenage sisters, Ginger and Brigitte Fitzgerald, who have a fascination with death. The title ...more

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Dead Snow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which Horror Movie Franchises Deserve More Attention Than They Get?

Includes: Dead Snow and Dead Snow 2

"The first was an over-the-top, self-aware good time. The second obliterated that top and was a full out horror-comedy."

Dead Snow is a 2009 Norwegian zombie splatter film directed by Tommy Wirkola, starring Charlotte Frogner, Stig Frode Henriksen, Vegar Hoel, Jeppe Laursen, Evy Kasseth Røsten, Jenny ...more

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Paranormal Activity Franchise is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which Horror Movie Franchises Deserve More Attention Than They Get?

Includes: Paranormal Activity, Paranormal Activity 2, Paranormal Activity 3, Paranormal Activity 4, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, and Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

"I think the Paranormal Activity franchise could have been [even greater] if it had the right director."

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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The Abominable Dr. Phibes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which Horror Movie Franchises Deserve More Attention Than They Get?

Includes: The Abominable Dr. Phibes and Dr. Phibes Rises Again 

"Over-the-top theatrics from Vincent Price plus Robert Quarry, Peter Cushing, and even Terry Thomas made for a very campy horror! Very much reminiscent of the early '60s Roger Corman movies with a touch of humor."

The Abominable Dr. Phibes is a 1971 British horror film starring Vincent Price and American actor Joseph Cotten. Its art deco sets, dark humour and performance by Price have made the film and ...more

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Subspecies is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Which Horror Movie Franchises Deserve More Attention Than They Get?

Includes: Subspecies, Bloodstone: Subspecies II, Bloodlust: Subspecies III, and Subspecies 4: Bloodstorm

"I know they were crap but I like em [because]... they're so original."