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.
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."
Includes: The Collector and The Collection
"It's an underrated series that is a great tense horror series with great cat and mouse moments."
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."
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."
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."
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..."
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."
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."
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..."
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."
Includes: Psycho, Psycho II, Psycho III, Psycho IV: The Beginning
"Psycho never gets enough attention. It started the slasher genre before even Halloween."
Includes: Ginger Snaps, Ginger Snaps II, and Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning
"[All of them were] really good. Great werewolf movies!"
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."
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."
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."
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."