The Biggest Horror Franchise's Films Ranked

by HamsterRecon | created - 10 months ago | updated - 2 days ago | Public

The entries in the biggest horror franchises ranked from best to worst. If you stumble upon this list and have any thoughts or think I should include any films good or bad let me know. This is a work in progress as I am currently viewing some of these for the first time.

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1. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

R | 91 min | Horror

76 Metascore

The monstrous spirit of a slain janitor seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, John Saxon

Votes: 185,325 | Gross: $25.50M

9.45/10

2. Halloween (1978)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

81 Metascore

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Nancy Kyes

Votes: 205,816 | Gross: $47.00M

8.65/10

3. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

R | 83 min | Horror

75 Metascore

Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain

Votes: 120,855 | Gross: $30.86M

8.15/10

4. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

R | 96 min | Fantasy, Horror

49 Metascore

A psychiatrist familiar with knife-wielding dream demon Freddy Krueger helps teens at a mental hospital battle the killer who is invading their dreams.

Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Craig Wasson, Patricia Arquette

Votes: 63,109 | Gross: $44.79M

7/10

5. Hellraiser (1987)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

57 Metascore

An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; the demonic cenobites are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld.

Director: Clive Barker | Stars: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman

Votes: 92,374 | Gross: $14.56M

6.9/10

6. Child's Play (1988)

R | 87 min | Horror, Thriller

58 Metascore

A single mother gives her son a much sought-after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.

Director: Tom Holland | Stars: Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif

Votes: 77,238 | Gross: $33.24M

6.65/10

7. Friday the 13th (1980)

R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

22 Metascore

A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child's drowning.

Director: Sean S. Cunningham | Stars: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Jeannine Taylor, Robbi Morgan

Votes: 105,655 | Gross: $39.75M

6.4/10

8. Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

R | 97 min | Horror, Thriller

41 Metascore

Kirsty is brought to an institution after the death of her family, where the occult-obsessive head resurrects Julia and unleashes the Cenobites once again.

Director: Tony Randel | Stars: Doug Bradley, Ashley Laurence, Clare Higgins, Kenneth Cranham

Votes: 37,460 | Gross: $11.09M

6.05/10

9. Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge (1991 Video)

R | 86 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A puppeteer's ability to bring inanimate objects to life attracts the attention of the Nazis during World War II.

Director: David DeCoteau | Stars: Guy Rolfe, Richard Lynch, Ian Abercrombie, Kristopher Logan

Votes: 3,615

6/10

10. Dollman (1991 Video)

R | 79 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

A hard-boiled, intergalactic policeman lands on Earth where he is only 12 inches tall.

Director: Albert Pyun | Stars: Tim Thomerson, Jackie Earle Haley, Kamala Lopez, Humberto Ortiz

Votes: 2,354

Not really horror, but part of the Puppet Master franchise. At least it didn't feel like horror film; however, IMDB lists it as one.

6/10

11. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)

R | 87 min | Horror

43 Metascore

A teenage boy is haunted in his dreams by deceased child murderer Freddy Krueger, who is out to possess him in order to continue his reign of terror in the real world.

Director: Jack Sholder | Stars: Robert Englund, Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Robert Rusler

Votes: 54,843 | Gross: $30.00M

5.7/10

12. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)

R | 86 min | Horror, Thriller

30 Metascore

Tommy Jarvis goes to the graveyard to get rid of Jason Voorhees' body once and for all, but inadvertently brings him back to life instead. The newly revived killer once again seeks revenge, and Tommy may be the only one who can defeat him.

Director: Tom McLoughlin | Stars: Thom Mathews, Jennifer Cooke, David Kagen, Kerry Noonan

Votes: 33,394 | Gross: $19.47M

5.6/10

13. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

R | 93 min | Horror

56 Metascore

Freddy Krueger returns once again to terrorize the dreams of the remaining Dream Warriors, as well as those of a young woman who may be able to defeat him for good.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Robert Englund, Rodney Eastman, John Beckman, Kisha Brackel

Votes: 45,058 | Gross: $49.37M

5.6/10

14. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

Unrated | 101 min | Comedy, Horror

42 Metascore

A radio host is victimized by the cannibal family as a former Texas Marshall hunts them.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Caroline Williams, Jim Siedow, Bill Moseley

Votes: 24,586 | Gross: $8.03M

5.15/10

15. Child's Play 2 (1990)

R | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

37 Metascore

While Andy's mother is admitted to a psychiatric hospital, the young boy is placed in foster care, and Chucky, determined to claim Andy's soul, is not far behind.

Director: John Lafia | Stars: Alex Vincent, Jenny Agutter, Gerrit Graham, Christine Elise

Votes: 39,945 | Gross: $28.50M

5.1/10

16. Puppetmaster (1989 Video)

R | 90 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Psychics find themselves plotted against by a former colleague, who committed suicide after discovering animated, murderous puppets.

Director: David Schmoeller | Stars: Paul Le Mat, William Hickey, Irene Miracle, Jimmie F. Skaggs

Votes: 8,511

5/10

17. Demonic Toys (1992 Video)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

A pregnant policewoman, her quarry, and an innocent delivery boy become trapped in a haunted toy warehouse.

Director: Peter Manoogian | Stars: Tracy Scoggins, Bentley Mitchum, Dano Cerny, Michael Russo

Votes: 3,089

5/10

18. Bad Channels (1992 Video)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Horror, Music

An alien determined to capture human females takes over a radio station to do it.

Director: Ted Nicolaou | Stars: Robert Factor, Martha Quinn, Aaron Lustig, Michael Huddleston

Votes: 813

5/10

19. Dollman vs. Demonic Toys (1993 Video)

R | 64 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

Judith Grey teams with Brick Bardo (Dollman) and his girlfriend Ginger to face the evil Demonic Toys for one final battle.

Director: Charles Band | Stars: Tim Thomerson, Tracy Scoggins, Melissa Behr, Phil Fondacaro

Votes: 1,097

5/10

20. Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)

R | 97 min | Horror

50 Metascore

An investigative reporter must send the newly unbound Pinhead and his legions back to Hell.

Director: Anthony Hickox | Stars: Terry Farrell, Doug Bradley, Kevin Bernhardt, Lawrence Mortorff

Votes: 24,851 | Gross: $12.53M

4.8/10

21. Halloween II (1981)

R | 92 min | Horror

40 Metascore

While Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis hunt for Michael Myers, a traumatized Laurie is rushed to hospital, and the serial killer is not far behind her.

Director: Rick Rosenthal | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers, Jeffrey Kramer

Votes: 66,691 | Gross: $25.53M

4.75/10

22. The Amityville Horror (1979)

R | 117 min | Horror

28 Metascore

Newlyweds move into a large house where a mass murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger, Don Stroud

Votes: 32,378 | Gross: $86.43M

4.6/10

23. Children of the Corn (1984)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

45 Metascore

A young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believe everyone over the age of 18 must be killed.

Director: Fritz Kiersch | Stars: Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, R.G. Armstrong, John Franklin

Votes: 42,780 | Gross: $14.57M

4.6/10

24. Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

R | 87 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

26 Metascore

Mrs. Voorhees is dead, and Camp Crystal Lake is shut down, but a camp next to the infamous place is stalked by an unknown assailant.

Director: Steve Miner | Stars: Betsy Palmer, Amy Steel, John Furey, Adrienne King

Votes: 51,592 | Gross: $21.72M

4.5/10

25. Puppet Master II (1990 Video)

R | 88 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

The puppets return and hunt paranormal researchers in an attempt to take their brain fluid for their master, Andre Toulon.

Director: David Allen | Stars: Elizabeth Maclellan, Collin Bernsen, Steve Welles, Greg Webb

Votes: 4,099

4.4/10

26. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

Kids all over America want Silver Shamrock masks for Halloween. Doctor Daniel Challis seeks to uncover a plot by Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran.

Director: Tommy Lee Wallace | Stars: Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dan O'Herlihy, Michael Currie

Votes: 38,378 | Gross: $14.40M

4.4/10

27. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

34 Metascore

Ten years after his original massacre, the invalid Michael Myers awakens on Halloween Eve and returns to Haddonfield to kill his seven-year-old niece. Can Dr. Loomis stop him?

Director: Dwight H. Little | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Ellie Cornell, Danielle Harris, George P. Wilbur

Votes: 39,133 | Gross: $17.77M

4.3/10

28. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

33 Metascore

After being mortally wounded and taken to the morgue, murderer Jason Voorhees spontaneously revives and embarks on a killing spree as he makes his way back to his home at Camp Crystal Lake.

Director: Joseph Zito | Stars: Erich Anderson, Judie Aronson, Peter Barton, Kimberly Beck

Votes: 38,989 | Gross: $32.98M

4.25/10

29. Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

R | 79 min | Horror, Thriller

31 Metascore

Little Billy witness his parents getting killed by Santa after being warned by his senile grandpa that Santa punishes those who are naughty. Now Billy is 18, and out of the orphanage, and he has just become Santa, himself.

Director: Charles E. Sellier Jr. | Stars: Lilyan Chauvin, Gilmer McCormick, Toni Nero, Robert Brian Wilson

Votes: 12,041 | Gross: $2.49M

4.15/10

30. A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

R | 89 min | Fantasy, Horror

54 Metascore

The pregnant Alice finds Freddy Krueger striking through the sleeping mind of her unborn child, hoping to be reborn into the real world.

Director: Stephen Hopkins | Stars: Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Kelly Jo Minter, Danny Hassel

Votes: 36,806 | Gross: $22.17M

4.15/10

31. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

13 Metascore

Years after Tommy Jarvis chained him underwater at Camp Crystal Lake, the dormant Jason Voorhees is accidentally released from his prison by a telekinetic teenager. Now, only she can stop him.

Director: John Carl Buechler | Stars: Terry Kiser, Jennifer Banko, John Otrin, Susan Blu

Votes: 28,304 | Gross: $19.17M

4.1/10

32. Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker (1991 Video)

R | 90 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

An elderly toy maker and his son make killer toys designed to kill their customers, children.

Director: Martin Kitrosser | Stars: William Thorne, Jane Higginson, Van Quattro, Tracy Fraim

Votes: 1,273

4/10

33. Amityville: The Evil Escapes (1989 TV Movie)

R | 95 min | Horror

The demonic forces in the haunted Long Island house escape through a mystical lamp which finds its way to a remote California mansion where the evil manipulates a little girl by manifesting itself in the form of her dead father.

Director: Sandor Stern | Stars: Patty Duke, Jane Wyatt, Fredric Lehne, Lou Hancock

Votes: 1,925

4/10

34. Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 (1990 Video)

R | 90 min | Horror

A reporter investigating the bizarre death of a woman who leaped from a building in flames finds herself mixed up in a cult of witches who are making her part of their sacrificial ceremony during the Christmas season.

Director: Brian Yuzna | Stars: Clint Howard, Neith Hunter, Tommy Hinkley, Hugh Fink

Votes: 1,329

4/10

35. Amityville: A New Generation (1993 Video)

R | 91 min | Horror

An old mirror from the haunted Long Island house finds its way into a photographer's family where the evil soon manifests itself to cause more terror and mayhem.

Director: John Murlowski | Stars: Ross Partridge, Julia Nickson, Lala Sloatman, David Naughton

Votes: 1,457

4/10

36. Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out! (1989 Video)

R | 90 min | Horror

The comatose Ricky Caldwell reawakens and begins to stalk a blind woman, with whom he shares a psychic connection.

Director: Monte Hellman | Stars: Samantha Scully, Bill Moseley, Richard C. Adams, Richard Beymer

Votes: 1,653

4/10

37. Child's Play 3 (1991)

R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

27 Metascore

Chucky returns for revenge against Andy, the young boy who defeated him, and now a teenager living in a military academy.

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: Justin Whalin, Perrey Reeves, Jeremy Sylvers, Travis Fine

Votes: 31,943 | Gross: $14.96M

3.7/10

38. Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)

R | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

14 Metascore

A boatful of graduating high school students headed to Manhattan accidentally pull Jason Voorhees along for the ride.

Director: Rob Hedden | Stars: Jensen Daggett, Kane Hodder, Todd Caldecott, Tiffany Paulsen

Votes: 29,554 | Gross: $14.34M

3.7/10

39. Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

30 Metascore

A California couple and a survivalist encounter Leatherface and his family.

Director: Jeff Burr | Stars: Kate Hodge, Ken Foree, R.A. Mihailoff, William Butler

Votes: 12,474 | Gross: $5.77M

3.55/10

40. Leprechaun (1993)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

An evil, sadistic Leprechaun goes on a killing rampage in search of his beloved pot of gold.

Director: Mark Jones | Stars: Warwick Davis, Jennifer Aniston, Ken Olandt, Mark Holton

Votes: 20,940 | Gross: $8.56M

3.5/10

41. Friday the 13th Part III (1982)

R | 95 min | Horror, Thriller

30 Metascore

Having revived from his wounds, Jason Voorhees takes refuge at a cabin near Crystal Lake. As a group of co-eds arrive for their vacation, Jason continues his killing spree.

Director: Steve Miner | Stars: Dana Kimmell, Tracie Savage, Richard Brooker, Terry Ballard

Votes: 41,610 | Gross: $36.69M

3.45/10

42. Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

R | 89 min | Fantasy, Horror

39 Metascore

Dream-haunting Freddy Krueger returns once again to prowl the nightmares of Springwood's last surviving teenager, and of a woman whose personal connection to Krueger may mean his doom.

Director: Rachel Talalay | Stars: Robert Englund, Lisa Zane, Shon Greenblatt, Lezlie Deane

Votes: 37,584 | Gross: $34.87M

3.45/10

43. Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)

R | 87 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

17 Metascore

Serial killer Jason Voorhees' supernatural origins are revealed.

Director: Adam Marcus | Stars: John D. LeMay, Kari Keegan, Kane Hodder, Steven Williams

Votes: 25,120 | Gross: $15.94M

3.35/10

44. Amityville II: The Possession (1982)

R | 104 min | Horror

34 Metascore

A family moves into their new home, which proves to be satanic, resulting in the demonic possession of the teenage son. Only the local priest can save him.

Director: Damiano Damiani | Stars: James Olson, Burt Young, Rutanya Alda, Jack Magner

Votes: 9,196 | Gross: $12.53M

3.3/10

45. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)

R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

28 Metascore

One year after the events of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), the Shape returns to Haddonfield once again in an attempt to kill his now-mute niece.

Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, Beau Starr

Votes: 30,825 | Gross: $11.64M

3.25/10

46. Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1992)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

18 Metascore

A journalist and his son travel to Nebraska to investigate the mysterious town of Gatlin where, unbeknownst to them, a murderous cult of children are still waiting in the corn fields.

Director: David Price | Stars: Terence Knox, Paul Scherrer, Ryan Bollman, Christie Clark

Votes: 6,981 | Gross: $6.98M

3.25/10

47. Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

16 Metascore

Still haunted by his past, Tommy Jarvis - who, as a child, killed Jason Voorhees - wonders if the serial killer is connected to a series of brutal murders occurring in and around the secluded halfway house where he now lives.

Director: Danny Steinmann | Stars: Melanie Kinnaman, John Shepherd, Anthony Barrile, Suzanne Bateman

Votes: 29,436 | Gross: $21.93M

3.2/10

48. Amityville 1992: It's About Time (1992 Video)

R | 95 min | Horror

Jacob Sterling brings home a mysterious clock from the infamous Amityville house, not knowing that it's haunted by demonic spirits.

Director: Tony Randel | Stars: Stephen Macht, Shawn Weatherly, Megan Ward, Damon Martin

Votes: 1,999

2.85/10

49. Puppet Master 4 (1993 Video)

R | 79 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi