Horror Franchises

Discussion in 'Slashers' started by DaltonConran, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. DaltonConran

    DaltonConran New Member

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    I'm Currently On the 3rd Friday the 13th installment, and I want to have a little horror movie franchise marathon with myself. I need to know good horror franchises that are really creepy and have at least 3 installments. Any ideas? I've already seen every Halloween and own every Nightmare on Elm Street. Please comment only ones that are worth my time please. THANKS!!!:):lol:
     
  2. rhett

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    Welcome to the boards. So you're saying this is the first time you're watching these FRIDAY THE 13TH movies? Would love to go back to that time in my life, although they'd be on terrible-looking VHS tapes.

    As for creepy horror franchises, I find that by the time most horror properties turn into a franchise the "creepy" factor is long gone. Here are some that still have some effective films in the later sequels:

    Saw (I think 4-6 are better than all the films before them)
    Prom Night (2 & 4 are very dark and 2 particularly is unsettling)
    Hatchet (I like the sequels better than the original, not necessarily creepy but very violent and gory)
    Psycho (each entry is great and continues to take itself seriously)

    Outside of slashers (I'm assuming you were just wanting those since you posted in the Slashers sub-forum), the Blind Dead movies are great, same with usual suspects like The Omen, Romero's Dead films, etc. While they can't really be called a "franchise", the Body Snatcher movies (remakes, whatever) are all pretty fascinating and frightening in their own ways. Love the way that series encapsulates each era in which those films are made. Have fun!
     
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    Paff Super Moderator

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    Why not Zoidberg???

    OK, it's not a slasher either, but you can't go wrong with the four Phantasm films. Probably the only franchise that keeps the same writer/director/actors for the entire series, too (with the exception of James LeGros temporarily replacing Michael Baldwin for Phantasm 2)
     
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    I just got into horror a few years ago. I've enjoyed the PSYCHO franchise the most so far. THE EXORCIST is excellent as well. While I wouldn't call them "good", I enjoyed the hell out of the FEAST films.
     
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    Psycho
    Amityville Horror (quality drops off on III, but still worthwhile).
    Final Destination
     
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    I've been really enjoying the Wrong Turn franchise, especially 1, 2, and 4.

    And it seems like an obvious choice, but Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a no brainer.

    Would also say to a much lesser degree Children Of The Corn. Some of them are awful (1 and 4 are easily the best), but I think they all have a fun atmosphere about them.
     
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    I just watched the Chucky: Complete Collection Blu-ray set and I think that the Child's Play series is one of the most consistent franchises out there. Only one entry I would call bad (Seed) and the rest vary from very good to decent.

    Would also recommend (that haven't previously been mentioned): Scream, Alien
     
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    The Slumber Party Massacre series are really fun. The third one is the most serious of the trilogy. Another good series is the Sleepaway Camp films. You'll never forget the end of the first one!
     
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  9. Anaestheus

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    Most of the above suggestions are pretty good. But, I'll throw in some outside suggestions:

    The Hammer Frankenstein films - and probably the Dracula ones as well, but I liked these more - particularly the ones directed by Fisher

    Tetsuo - I simply love the whole series - although the 3rd one is a bit repetitive

    Corman's "Poe Cycle" - not really a franchise, but considering the repetition of actors, crew, and set pieces, this could almost count.
     
  10. Cooperkill

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    Here's a list of franchises with four or more entries (remakes included). I've reviewed them all, so check out my site for my opinions, but this list should give you and others an clearer outlook on what's out there.

    Halloween
    Friday the 13th
    A Nightmare on Elm Street
    Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    Amityville Horror
    Child's Play
    Tremors
    Hellraiser
    The Toxic Avenger
    Silent Night, Deadly Night
    Leprechaun
    Puppet Master
    The Curse
    Subspecies
    Night of the Living Dead
    Guinea Pig
    Phantasm
    Jaws
    The Omen
    Psycho
    Sleepaway Camp
    Night of the Demons
    Children of the Corn
    The Hills Have Eyes
    The Howling
    Saw
    Wishmaster
    Final Destination
    House
    Prom Night
    The Prophecy
    Manhunter (Hannibal Lecter)
    The Exorcist
    Return of the Living Dead
    The Stepfather
    Watchers
    Mirror Mirror
    Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
    Violent Shit
    It's Alive
    Zombi
    Ghoulies
    The Blind Dead
    Critters
    Pumpkinhead
    Anaconda
    Ilsa
    Resident Evil
    Twilight
    Piranha
    Underworld
    Wrong Turn
    Scream
    Witchcraft
    The Brotherhood
    Godzilla
    Paranormal Activity
    The Fly
    Dracula (Universal)
    Frankenstein (Universal)
    The Invisible Man (Universal)
    Lake Placid
    Gamera
    Evil Dead
    Killjoy
    Alien
    Species
    Scary Movie
    Scanners
    The Crow
     
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  11. msw7

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    Damn. I had no idea there were even close to that many....
     
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    Yeah, Cooperkill pretty much covered them all.
     
  13. Anaestheus

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    Damn, I forgot about "It's Alive" That is one series that I would highly recommend and one of the few that grows on the premise of the 1st in some really interesting ways. And, it helps that Larry Cohen handled all of them.
     
  14. baggio

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    4 films doesn't make a franchise, regardless here are some 3 and 4 film franchises you don't have:

    P.S. - Most of these are NOT slasher films. DaltonConran was probably looking for slasher franchises.



    REC

    Re-Animator

    Poltergeist

    Warlock

    The Hitcher - somewhat Slasher

    Sometimes They Come Back

    Cube

    Demonic Toys

    The Gingerdead Man

    Evil Bong

    From Dusk Till Dawn

    Urban Legend - Slasher

    When a Stranger Call - somewhat Slasher

    Carnosaur

    Basket Case

    Maniac Cop - Slasher

    One Missed Call

    I Know What You Did Last Summer - Slasher

    Blade

    Candyman

    Ringu

    Ju-on

    The Grudge

    Boogeyman

    Tomie

    Pulse

    Mimic

    Witchboard
     
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  15. Christy

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    Fantastic list thank you will give some of these a spin soon.
     
  16. Do you see

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    I couldn’t find a Saw thread, so this will have to suffice.

    For all you Jigsaw fans out there (I enjoy the series…some parts more than others), details are scant but Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Lionsgate is “actively” developing Saw 8.
     
  17. Cooperkill

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    Who are you to dictate how many movies make a franchise? Four or more certainly counts.

    DC posted looking for HORROR franchises. He didn't say slasher, so your presumption is irrelevant.

    Jesus, some of you try way too hard to come across as go-to sources, when all you do it nitpick on the stupidest things.
     
  18. baggio

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    First of all, I didn't say four or more doesn't count. I said "4 films doesn't make a franchise". Which obviously means that films with 3 or even in some rare cases 2 are considered enough for a franchise. And you specifically left out well known slashers with 3 films to the series.


    Errr ... maybe it was a slight error in the OP thread placement. But he did post the topic in SLASHERS.

    Way to hard to come across as go to sources? Aren't you the guy promoting his own website? A horror critic none the less. Yet, I'm the go to source. That's pretty funny if you think about it.
     

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