TOP HORROR MOVIE FRANCHISES
1. Alien – The Alien franchise, with a total of 6 films, is the highest-grossing horror movie franchise ever made. Featuring the battles of a ship commander versus an extraterrestrial lifeform referred to as the Xenomorph. Alien: Covenant is set to be released in 2017.
2. Saw – At 2nd place, Saw has a complicated story arc whereby a villain subjects his victims to horrifying puzzles. Saw: Legacy, the 8th in the series, is currently in production.
3. Jaws – Based on a shark attack, the natural horror series features 4 films. It’s 3rd on our list. Other than the original directed by Steven Spielberg, the remaining films were highly criticized. It was nominated for 4 Oscars and won 3, Spielberg was furious he wasn’t nominated for Best Director.
4. Paranormal Activity – The 4th in a series of 5 films were made for low production costs and used found footage format first employed by Blair Witch.
5. Friday the 13th – Jason Voorhees drowns at Camp Crystal Lake since the camp counselors were “too busy”. The best-selling film of the series (12 in total) is the crossover with A Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy Vs. Jason.
6. A Nightmare on Elm Street – The quintessential monster Freddy Krueger, a killer haunting the dreams of children on an otherwise quiet street, spawned 9 in total. Coming in 6th, the most successful is coincidentally the same as Friday the 13th, Freddy Vs. Jason.
7. Scream – Credited with resurgence of the slasher horror flick, Scream successfully uses the conventions of the horror genre. It holds the number 7th spot/ 5 films. Hidden by the mask of Ghostface, murderers chase their victims. It drew negative attention for excessive gore from the film raters.
8. The Conjuring – This one comes in 8thwith 2 films in the series (or 3 if you count Annabelle … possibly 4 if you count The Nun). Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren help homeowners haunted by demon spirits rid the house of these unwanted guests.
9. Halloween – Horror icon Michael Myers murders his sister but escapes the hospital, killing the townsfolk of Haddonfield, Illinois. Halloween is at the number 9 spot with 10 films to date. A greatly anticipated version (still in early stages) is being developed by John Carpenter.
10. The Exorcist – Lavished with Academy Award acclaim (nominated for 10/ won 2), The Exorcist (number 10, 5 films) is based on a bestselling book about the demonic possession of a 12-year-old girl, exorcised by two priests.