Top 10 Horror Movie Franchises Ever

Top 10 Horror Movie Franchises Ever

Some horror films make it to popular horror movies status resulting in a horror franchise that may live up to the original films success. First we get the sequel then sometimes end in a trilogy, but sometimes the franchise spans beyond three films. Let’s have some fun as we show you our top 5 horror movie franchises of all time.

Top 10 Horror Movie Franchises Ever

Halloween

Approximately grossed collectively worldwide over $557.5 million. Halloween is an American horror franchise that has ten installments that focus mainly on Michael Myers (a fictional character) who is a serial killer. Michael murdered his sister at a young age and was sent to a sanitarium. He escaped the sanitarium fifteen years later to murder residents in Haddonfield, Illinois around Halloween. Michael Myers is the antagonist that was seen in almost all of the sequels except for Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982). John Carpenter and Debra Hill wrote the original Halloween, which was directed by John Carpenter and released in 1978. The sequels that followed had various writers and directors. Halloween (1978) gave a pathway to the long line of slasher films.

  • Halloween (1978)
  • Halloween II (1981)
  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
  • Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
  • Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
  • Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
  • Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
  • Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
  • Halloween (2007)
  • Halloween II (2009)

Friday the 13th

Approximately grossed collectively worldwide over $687.1 million. Friday the 13th is an American horror franchise that has 12 slasher installments that focus mainly on Jason Voorhees (a fictional character) who commits a series of mass murders. Jason accidently drowned at Camp Crystal Lake as a result of staff not paying attention to him as a child. Camp Crystal Lake is rumored to be cursed decades later after numerous murders are occurring. Writer Victor Miller and director Sean S. Cunningham created the original film but did not work on any other sequels. Paramount Pictures bought the full licensing rights to Friday the 13th after its success.

  • Friday the 13th (1980)
  • Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
  • Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
  • Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
  • Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
  • Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
  • Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
  • Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
  • Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
  • Jason X (2001)
  • Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
  • Friday the 13th (2009)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Approximately grossed collectively worldwide over $304.6 million. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is an American horror franchise that has seven slasher installments. The franchise primarily focuses on Leatherface, who cannibalizes, kills or tortures people who cross his territory. Tobe Hooper wrote and directed the original film in 1974 and directed three additional sequels after.

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
  • Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990)
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994)
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)
  • Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)
  • Leatherface (2016)

Saw

Approximately grossed collectively worldwide over $873 million. Saw is a horror franchise that consists of seven installments and was distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment and produced by Twisted Pictures. Australian director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell created Saw (2003) as a short film to gain recruitment by a production company, and they did, with Saw (2004) being released soon after. Saw focuses on John Kramer (a fictional character) who is also called the "Jigsaw Killer" or "Jigsaw." Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) loves to play little games that involve gore, torture, and sadism. Jigsaw likes to play different kinds of games with his victims that will let him test their endurance of physical/psychological torture. His goal is to make his victims appreciate their lives if they survive but at a price.

  • Saw (2003)
  • Saw (2004)
  • Saw II (2005)
  • Saw III (2006)
  • Saw IV (2007)
  • Saw V (2008)
  • Saw VI (2009)
  • Saw 3D (2010)

Child’s Play

Approximately grossed collectively worldwide over $203 million. Child’s Play is a horror movie franchise consisting of six slasher films that have spanned four decades. Child’s Play/Chucky focuses on Charles Lee Ray/Chucky (Brad Dourif) who is a serial killer that is known as the "Lakeshore Strangler." He performed a voodoo ritual to have his soul trapped in a Good Guy doll so that he does not encounter the afterlife. The Good Guy doll came to life and started a killing spree that left a pile up of bodies. Child’s Play first installment has more psychological horror elements while the other sequels are straightforward slasher movies.

  • Child’s Play (1988)
  • Child’s Play 2 (1990)
  • Child’s Play 3 (1991)
  • Bride of Chucky (1998)
  • Seed of Chucky (2004)
  • Curse of Chucky (2013)

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Approximately grossed collectively worldwide over $592.8 million. A Nightmare on Elm Street is an American horror franchise that has nine slasher installments including Freddy vs. Jason. Wes Craven created the first film, A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and paved the way for the franchise. The franchise revolves around Freddy Krueger (a fictional character played mostly by Robert Englund) who stalks teenagers in their dreams (wherever they might be sleeping) and kills them. Freddy kills the teenagers because their parents burned him alive, and he is seeking revenge on their parents by killing their children.

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
  • Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
  • Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)
  • Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Paranormal Activity

Approximately grossed collectively worldwide over $811.6 million. Paranormal Activity is an American supernatural horror movie franchise that has six installments. The installments are based various paranormal things including, family haunting by demonic entities, demonic entity stalking families and sometimes killing most of them. Paranormal Activity is normally found footage films that are mainly shot by using camcorders, security cameras, phones and other devices that can record. Katie (Katie Featherston) is the only one actor/actress to have a role in 4 Paranormal Activity movies.

  • Paranormal Activity (2009)
  • Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
  • Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
  • Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)
  • Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)
  • Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015)

Hellraiser

Approximately grossed collectively worldwide over $48.5 million. Hellraiser is a British horror franchise that has nine installments based on Clive Barker‘s novel, The Hellbound Heart. Hellraiser revolves around puzzle box’s opening a gateway to Hell releasing Cenobites with Pinhead (mostly played by Doug Bradley). Hellraiser movies are known for its grotesqueness while the first three movies were great and then the sequels slowly got worse into something that is not watchable.

  • Hellraiser (1987)
  • Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)
  • Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)
  • Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996)
  • Hellraiser: Inferno (2000)
  • Hellraiser: Hellseeker (2002)
  • Hellraiser: Deader (2005)
  • Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005)
  • Hellraiser: Revelations (2011)

The Exorcist

Approximately grossed collectively worldwide over $661.4 million. The Exorcist is an American horror film series that has five installments that are based on the William Blatty fictional story, The Exorcist, which revolves around demonic possession. The first and fourth installment had over 30 years of a gap and was distributed by Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox.

  • The Exorcist (1973)
  • Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
  • The Exorcist III (1990)
  • Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)
  • Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)

Scream

Approximately grossed collectively worldwide over $604.2 million. Scream is an American horror franchise that has four installments revolving around a character that is targeted by a murderer. Scream (1996) was the highest grossing slasher film in the United States in the late 1990s. Scream combined traditional slasher with humor and succeeded with its first two movies than its other installments. Scream revolves around Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), who is targeted by a few murderers who wears Ghostface disguise.

  • Scream (1996)
  • Scream 2 (1997)
  • Scream 3 (2000)
  • Scream 4 (2011)

Night of the Living Dead

Approximately grossed collectively worldwide over??? Could not find how much the franchise made collectively, but Night of the Living Dead (1968) grossed approximately over $30 million. It is your choice to either add this franchise, but it should be a high worthy mention on this list. Night of the Living Dead consists of seven installments including remakes of Night and Dawn. Writers and directors George A. Romero and Cameron Romero released Night of the Living Dead (1968) and branched off after. George and Cameron had their difference and split from each other making films predominantly centering on people trying to survive during a zombie apocalypse. The installments are independent of its predecessor, all having different storylines and characters except two characters. They only connect to each other by having the humans going through a different epidemic of the living dead.

  • Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  • Dawn of the Dead (1978)
  • Day of the Dead (1985)
  • Land of the Dead (2005)
  • Diary of the Dead (2007)
  • Survival of the Dead (2010)

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