7. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Whether you consider it excellent marketing or deceiving the general public, the 1974 horror movie The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was publicized as being based on a true story but it was actually a huge lie by director Tobe Hooper in order to lure a wider audience.
One lie, a paltry budget and an enormous amount of critical and commercial success later, a franchise was born that did not limit itself to just eight movies but also made its mark in a video game and a comic book.
6. A Nightmare on Elm Street
The deranged psychopath Freddy Krueger made sleeping an uncomfortable experience for countless viewers across the globe. Responsible for making teenagers giving a second thought about sleeping, the burnt serial killer uses his trademark glove armed with sharp razors to kill his poor unsuspecting victims in their dreams.
A Nightmare on Elm Street is a coveted horror franchise that has nine movies including one crossover flick with fellow horror monster Jason Voorhees, comic books, novels, video games, dozens of merchandise and a four-hour documentary aptly titled Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy.
5. Friday the 13th
The aforementioned Jason Voorhees is no stranger to creating a ruckus. Donning his signature hockey mask and wielding a machete, he is one of the most relevant horror icons and destructive characters in pop culture.
Coming to his horror franchise that encapsulates twelve movies and television series that ran for three seasons, they are considered by many to be few of the best examples of the slasher sub-genre of horror movies.
Unlike dozens of entries in the list which did not plan to halt anytime soon, the Scream series only has four installments. Critically acclaimed and its legacy intact, the franchise has not only terrified audiences but also inspired real-life copycat crimes.
The franchise redefined the horror genre as the fascinating storytelling always kept the viewers guessing about the identity of Ghostface along with who will his next of many victims be.
On paper, the unimaginative story about a serial killer wearing a mask and murdering babysitters on Halloween nights seems like a wingless idea that will not take flight but upon execution, Halloween swiftly became a phenomenon and introduced arguably the greatest horror monster of all time – Michael Myers.
Believe it or not, the first installment had to rely on petty resources such as a William Shatner Halloween mask worth $1.98 and a measly budget of only $325,000 budget. As fate would have it, Halloween became one of the most influential horror movie franchises and would transition to eleven movies, novels, comic books, merchandise, and one video game.
Among the movies that were forced to rely on creativity due to monetary constraints, Saw is a crown jewel. When photographer Adam Stanheight and oncologist Lawrence Gordon wake up and find themselves trapped in a messy bathroom with an apparent corpse, they are put on a task to solve a perplexing puzzle within a limited time in order to escape.
As the mastermind behind the unhinged game that literally has lived on the line, John Kramer aka the Jigsaw Killer continues his wrath in seven more movies, theme parks, video games, merchandise, and a comic book.
With critically acclaimed film-makers such as Ridley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher and Jean-Pierre Jeunet sitting in the director’s chair, it can be safe to assume that the franchise is definitely in safe hands. Remarkable visual effects, gut-wrenching storytelling and excellent blend of science-fiction and horror, the Alien franchise is without a shadow of a doubt the very best horror movie franchise of all time.
The installments have broken several barriers in the art of film-making such as having a badass female lead as the protagonist and employing aliens for shock value instead of conventional horror characters such as monsters, ghosts or serial killers wearing masks. Collectively, the Alien installments have won three eleven Academy Awards from its eleven nominations.