Horror Movie Franchises

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Horror Movie Franchises

Thinking about Horror Movie Franchises, there is no limit to the directors talking about this feeling. We listed 25 of the best ones.

The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist
★★★★
★★★★
3.2 out of 4 stars

From William Friedkin, starring Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb
Rated R

The Exorcist is a 1973 horror film directed by William Friedkin and based on the novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty. It tells the story of a girl named Regan MacNeil who is possessed by an evil spirit. A young priest, Father Damien Karras, is sent to investigate and perform an exorcism on her. He teams up with an experienced exorcist, Father Lankester Merrin, to battle the powerful demon inside Regan. As the battle for Regan's soul intensifies, Father Karras must confront his own inner demons and faith in order to save the young girl. The Exorcist has become one of the most iconic horror films of all time, praised for its suspenseful atmosphere and special effects.

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Dawn of the Dead
★★★★
★★★★
3.1 out of 4 stars

From George A. Romero, starring David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross
Rated Unrated

Dawn of the Dead is a 1978 horror film directed by George A. Romero. The story follows four human survivors of a zombie apocalypse, including two SWAT team members, a news reporter, and a young woman. The four survivors take refuge in a suburban shopping mall where they must battle both the living dead and the remaining living humans who try to take control of the mall for their own survival. The film is a commentary on consumerism and examines the ideas of survival and humanity in a post-apocalyptic world.

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Night of the Living Dead
★★★★
★★★★
3.1 out of 4 stars

From George A. Romero, starring Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman
Rated Not Rated

Night of the Living Dead is a 1968 horror film directed by George A. Romero and written by John Russo. It is one of the most influential horror films of all time, and is considered to be the progenitor of both the zombie film and the modern horror movie. The film follows seven people who are trapped in a rural farmhouse in Pennsylvania, besieged by hordes of flesh-eating undead creatures, known as zombies. The group is forced to fight for survival against both the undead and the living, as chaos and panic ensue. The film is a stark and gruesome reflection on the fear and paranoia of the time, and serves as a commentary on the state of American society and culture.

Evil Dead II (1987)

Evil Dead II
★★★★
★★★★
3.1 out of 4 stars

From Sam Raimi, starring Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley DePaiva
Rated R

Evil Dead II is a horror-comedy film directed by Sam Raimi and released in 1987. The story follows Ash Williams, a stock boy from Michigan who travels to a secluded cabin in the woods where he and his girlfriend, Linda, stumble upon an ancient book of evil. When they unknowingly summon a horde of demons, they are forced to battle for their lives as the forces of evil take over the cabin. With the help of an ancient spirit, Ash battles the forces of evil with an array of weapons while trying to save Linda. Ultimately, Ash is the last man standing and escapes the cabin with his life and the ancient book of evil.

Saw (2004)

Saw
★★★★
★★★★
3 out of 4 stars

From James Wan, starring Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell, Danny Glover, Ken Leung
Rated R

Saw is a 2004 horror film directed by James Wan and written by Leigh Whannell. It stars Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Michael Emerson, and Tobin Bell. The film follows two men, Dr. Lawrence Gordon (Elwes) and Adam Stanheight (Whannell), who awake in a dilapidated bathroom with no memory of how they got there. They quickly realize that they are the victims of a sadistic serial killer known as Jigsaw, who has placed them in a deadly game where they must choose between life and death. As the game progresses and the victims emerge, both Gordon and Stanheight must confront their deepest fears and darkest secrets in order to survive.

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

An American Werewolf in London
★★★★
★★★★
3 out of 4 stars

From John Landis, starring David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher, Griffin Dunne
Rated R

An American Werewolf in London is a horror comedy film directed by John Landis and released in 1981. The movie follows two American college students, David and Jack, on a backpacking trip across England. After spending the night in a creepy old inn, David is attacked by a werewolf, Jack is killed, and David is cursed with lycanthropy. He slowly begins to transform into a werewolf himself, and must confront the horrors of lycanthropy while dealing with Jack's ghost, who visits him in order to warn him of the impending danger. Meanwhile, a secret government agency is tracking David down in order to study his condition, and a local doctor is trying to help him cope with the curse. In the end, the werewolf is killed and David is returned to his human form, though the curse still hangs over him.

Army of Darkness (1992)

Army of Darkness
★★★★
★★★★
3 out of 4 stars

From Sam Raimi, starring Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert, Ian Abercrombie
Rated R

The Evil Dead (1981)

The Evil Dead
★★★★
★★★★
3 out of 4 stars

From Sam Raimi, starring Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker
Rated NC-17

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
★★★★
★★★★
3 out of 4 stars

From Tobe Hooper, starring Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain
Rated R

Day of the Dead (1985)

Day of the Dead
★★★★
★★★★
2.8 out of 4 stars

From George A. Romero, starring Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joseph Pilato, Jarlath Conroy
Rated Not Rated

Don't Breathe (2016)

Don't Breathe
★★★★
★★★★
2.8 out of 4 stars

From Fede Alvarez, starring Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto
Rated R

Insidious (2010)

Insidious
★★★★
★★★★
2.7 out of 4 stars

From James Wan, starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye
Rated PG-13

Saw II (2005)

Saw II
★★★★
★★★★
2.6 out of 4 stars

From Darren Lynn Bousman, starring Donnie Wahlberg, Beverley Mitchell, Franky G, Emmanuelle Vaugier
Rated R

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

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
★★★★
★★★★
2.6 out of 4 stars

From Chuck Russell, starring Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Craig Wasson, Patricia Arquette
Rated R

Evil Dead (2013)

Evil Dead
★★★★
★★★★
2.6 out of 4 stars

From Fede Alvarez, starring Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci
Rated R

Halloween (2018)

Halloween
★★★★
★★★★
2.6 out of 4 stars

From David Gordon Green, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney
Rated R

Halloween II (1981)

Halloween II
★★★★
★★★★
2.6 out of 4 stars

From Rick Rosenthal, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers, Jeffrey Kramer
Rated R

The Exorcist III (1990)

The Exorcist III
★★★★
★★★★
2.6 out of 4 stars

From William Peter Blatty, starring George C. Scott, Ed Flanders, Brad Dourif, Jason Miller
Rated R

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

Insidious: Chapter 2
★★★★
★★★★
2.6 out of 4 stars

From James Wan, starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Lin Shaye
Rated PG-13

New Nightmare (1994)

New Nightmare
★★★★
★★★★
2.6 out of 4 stars

From Wes Craven, starring Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Jf Davis, Miko Hughes
Rated R

Scream (2022)

Scream
★★★★
★★★★
2.5 out of 4 stars

From Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Melissa Barrera
Rated R

Scream 2 (1997)

Scream 2
★★★★
★★★★
2.5 out of 4 stars

From Wes Craven, starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Jada Pinkett Smith
Rated R

Scream 4 (2011)

Scream 4
★★★★
★★★★
2.5 out of 4 stars

From Wes Craven, starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Lucy Hale
Rated R

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
★★★★
★★★★
2.5 out of 4 stars

From Marcus Nispel, starring Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker, Andrew Bryniarski, Erica Leerhsen
Rated R

Land of the Dead (2005)

Land of the Dead
★★★★
★★★★
2.5 out of 4 stars

From George A. Romero, starring John Leguizamo, Asia Argento, Simon Baker, Dennis Hopper
Rated R

 



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