What Is The Greatest Horror Film Franchise Of All Time? [POLL]
“It’s Halloween. Everyone’s entitled to one good scare…”
- Sheriff Leigh Brackett
It’s true, we are all entitled to at least one good scare this time of year. The question is - Which horror movie gives you the best scare of them all over and over again?
Here are ten horror franchises that have scared up a fortune at the box office over the years:
CHILD'S PLAY (AKA CHUCKY): Beware of a wise-ass red-headed doll named Chucky! The six films in this franchise center around a doll named Chucky who, thanks to some voodoo magic carries the soul of Charles Lee Ray, a notorious serial killer known as the "Lakeshore Strangler".
FINAL DESTINATION: . It's not every day you hear about someone getting crushed by falling glass, hit by a flying train whee or having his head crushed by a falling Buddha statue but such is the case for just a few of the poor souls in the five Final Destination films which center around a premonition of a terrible accident that will kill numerous people no matter how hard they try to stop it from happening.
FRIDAY THE 13TH: Before Friday the 13th if you saw a kid wearing a hockey mask on halloween you would figure he was dressed up as a, well, hockey player. Then came the Friday The 13th franchise. This legendary franchise focuses on the man who made hockey masks creepy - Jason Voorhees. Jason drowned as a boy at Camp Crystal Lake due to the negligence of the camp staff. Decades later, the lake is rumored to be "cursed" and is the setting for a series of mass murders. Jason is featured in all 12 the films and it looks like we'll see him in #13 soon.
HALLOWEEN: The Boogey Man is coming! This legendary franchise has produced ten films with the last two being reboots. All but one (Halloween III) focus on the character of Michael Myers, the masked lunatic who was committed to a sanitarium as a child for the murder of his older sister, Judith Myers. Fifteen years later, he escaped to stalk and kill the people of Haddonfield, Illinois while being chased by his former psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis. The original released in 1978 is considered by many critics to be the greatest horror film of all time.
HELLRAISER: Excuse me sir, I'm not sure you're aware of it but you have pins all over your head. This British horror franchise consists of nine films featuring the Cenobite Pinhead. The series focuses on a puzzle box that opens a gateway to the Hell-like realm of the Cenobites, an order of formerly human monsters who harvest human souls to torture in sadomasochistic experiments. Sounds like a wonderful experience.
NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET: Feeling a bit sleepy? The nine slasher films in this franchise center around Freddy Krueger, a former child killer who stalks teenagers in their dreams and kills them. The Krueger character, played brilliantly in the first eight films by Robert Englund, redefined and revived the movie monster character in the 1980s as he was not only scary but always equipped with a funny one-liner just before he descended upon another victim.
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: The oldest of the horror film franchises on this list, Night of the Living Dead is a series of seven zombie horror films beginning with the 1968 original. The loosely connected franchise mostly centers on different groups of people attempting to survive during the outbreak and evolution of a zombie apocalypse. As we head toward the year 2016, the fascination with zombies is stronger than ever and it all started with this classic horror franchise.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: With the sixth film just hitting theaters this month, Paranormal Activity is the most current of the ten horror film franchises. The films are based around a family haunted by a demonic entity, that stalks, terrifies and ultimately murders several members of the family, and other bystanders, during the course of the films. The series makes use of camcorders, security cameras and other recording devices. Paranormal Activity helped spawn a new generation of "found footage" horror films.
SAW: Not all games are fun. Just ask Jigsaw. The seven films in this franchise revolve around the fictional character of John Kramer, also called the "Jigsaw Killer" or simply "Jigsaw". Rather than killing his victims outright, Jigsaw traps them in situations that he calls "tests" or "games" to test their will to live through physical or psychological torture.
SCREAM: "Do you like scary movies?" Well of course I do and four of them happen to be called Scream. While Nightmare On Elm Street was the horror franchise of the 80s, Scream held the title in the 90s. The plot follows the character of Sidney Prescott who becomes the target of a succession of murderers who adopt the guise of Ghostface to stalk and torment their victims.
Now it's time to tell us which legendary horror film franchise you think is the best of them all: