scary The Best Horror Movie Franchises

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List Rules 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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A Nightmare on Elm Street 
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A Nightmare on Elm Street Johnny Depp, Robert Englund Heather Langenkamp

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Halloween 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Halloween Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards Donald Pleasence

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Friday the 13th 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Friday the 13th Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini Betsy Palmer

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Scream Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan Courteney Cox

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Alien 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt Ian Holm

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Saw 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Saw Danny Glover, Monica Potter Shawnee Smith

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The Evil Dead 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
The Evil Dead Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi Ted Raimi

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns Edwin Neal

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Child's Play 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Child's Play Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks Chris Sarandon

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Final Destination 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Final Destination Ali Larter, Seann William Scott Devon Sawa

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Night of the Living Dead 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Night of the Living Dead George A. Romero, Duane Jones Bill Hinzman

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Jaws 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss Roy Scheider

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Hellraiser 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Hellraiser Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson Ashley Laurence

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Psycho 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Psycho Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh Anthony Perkins

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Predator 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Predator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura Carl Weathers

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The Exorcist 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
The Exorcist Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn Linda Blair

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Jeepers Creepers Justin Long, Eileen Brennan Victor Salva

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Poltergeist 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Poltergeist Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams Heather O'Rourke

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The Ring 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
The Ring Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette Brian Cox

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Candyman 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Candyman Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd Vanessa A. Williams

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Insidious Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey Patrick Wilson

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Resident Evil 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Resident Evil Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez Jason Isaacs

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The Amityville Horror 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
The Amityville Horror James Brolin, Margot Kidder Rod Steiger

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House of 1000 Corpses Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick Karen Black

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Jurassic Park 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum Richard Attenborough

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The Hills Have Eyes 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
The Hills Have Eyes Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw Ted Levine

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I Know What You Did Last Summe... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
I Know What You Did Last Summer Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar Anne Heche

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The Omen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
The Omen Gregory Peck, Lee Remick David Warner

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Creepshow 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Creepshow Stephen King, Ed Harris Ted Danson

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The Grudge 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
The Grudge Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland Bill Pullman

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Wrong Turn Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui Kevin Zegers

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From Dusk till Dawn 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
From Dusk till Dawn Salma Hayek, George Clooney Quentin Tarantino

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Children of the Corn 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Children of the Corn Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton R. G. Armstrong

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Blade Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes Traci Lords

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Silent Hill Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell Laurie Holden

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The Purge Lena Headey, Ethan Hawke Adelaide Kane

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Tremors 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Tremors Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire Fred Ward

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The Mummy Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser Patricia Velásquez

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Phantasm 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Phantasm Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin Reggie Bannister

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Paranormal Activity 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Paranormal Activity Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat Randy McDowell

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Cube Nicole de Boer, Julian Richings David Hewlett

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Scary Movie 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Scary Movie Carmen Electra, Anna Faris Shannon Elizabeth

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Gremlins 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
Alien/Predator

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Puppet Master 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Puppet Master Barbara Crampton, William Hickey Irene Miracle

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Men in Black 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Men in Black Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone Steven Spielberg

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Critters 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Critters Billy Zane, Dee Wallace M. Emmet Walsh

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Pumpkinhead 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Pumpkinhead Mayim Bialik, Lance Henriksen George Buck Flower

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Boogeyman Emily Deschanel, Lucy Lawless Barry Watson

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Leprechaun 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Horror Movie Franchises
Leprechaun Jennifer Aniston, Warwick Davis Ken Olandt