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  1. Mike D.
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    great list, though my top 10 would only slightly differ with Saw at the top spot. Good job!!

  2. Lance
    Lance at |

    The “A Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise should be included here as well. 🙂

  3. josh
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    I would’ve probably put SAW at the top. It is so confusing and repetitive.

  4. Mr F
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    The Hellraiser series deserves a mention, I think that got up to number 8 and one of those was set in space.

  5. Tom
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    I agree with others in that Nightmare and Hellraiser deserve to be on this list. Problem is, so do the ones already on the list. It just goes to show that Hollywood goes back to the well way too many times with too many franchises. I heard a statistic somewhere that some ninety percent of all Hollywood properties now are sequels, remakes or adaptations of other works (i.e. plays, television shows or books). Seeing this list makes me believe it.

    Oh, and great list, btw. I think you hit the nail on the head with Friday the 13th being number one.

  6. bob
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    I think jaws and nightmare should be in the list

  7. Raven
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    I think the only ones that really belong are Leprechaun Friday Psycho and maybe Exorsist the rest were good movies. I never found SAW boring or hard to follow. Nightmare wouldnt belong as it isnt a remake or something redone but a classic. Final Dest is also a mordern classic to me. And I love the Candy man films. To a real horror lover this list is pretty stupid to be honest.

  8. Elfin Slade
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    Saw actually stems from “The abominable Dr. Phibes.” Check it out, it’s pretty good. U can find in in dollar stores and at Big Lots. Vincent Price plays the evil genius and the finale features a saw-standard torture device. It’s also the movie that influenced David Lynch’s production style – all the kitsch and oversaturated colors. That itself comes from Roger Corman’s “The masque of the red Death”, a 1950s color horror film with the most awesome ending.
    The Misfits made a song about the sequel “The abominable Dr. Phibes rises again”. They released it on some album of studio out-takes. It’s a straight-ahead heavy metal song.

    1. Thomas
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      I’m not quite sure where you got your information, but I’d like to point out that:
      A) Although Saw shares similar themes with Dr. Phibes, saying it
      stems from” it is somewhat misleading. It seems to insinuate that the creators (James Wan and Leigh Whannell) were directly influenced by it. As a huge fan of both movies (and the horror genre itself) I’d have to point out that many of the themes within both works (revenge, innovative ways to die) have been around for centuries.
      B) I couldn’t find any mention of David Lynch being directly influenced by this film.
      C) As with Point A, I’m not quite sure that the production of Dr. Phibes “itself comes from” The Masque of the Red Death. Many films have a similar production style.

  9. Foxy
    Foxy at |

    I think the i know what you did last summer movies should be included!

  10. Peter Boucher
    Peter Boucher at |

    On your list is “Psycho” the original and “Psycho 2” wasn’t bad as well. But the others were just plain awful to watch. Especially the remake with Anne Heche (as Marion) and Vince Vaughn (as Norman). The real question is, Who in hell can do a remake of an Alfred Hitchcock movie. He was, is and always be the “Master Of Suspense”

  11. duke wellington
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    You forgot to mention the nightmare on elm street movies.

  12. Thomas
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    My only major complaints are:
    1) I don’t think the Saw series deserves to be on this list. An actual well-integrated plot is one of the things that makes the series unique from so many other horror movies.
    2) Hellraiser should seriously be #1. There are currently 9 of them. The first three were great, and all related continuity-wise. The original director of the fourth one quit because of increasing demands of the producers, and the film suffered for it. The 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th films, although not necessarily horrible, were basically movies that could have been their own and Pinhead was just stuck in there to sell more. By far the worst though, was the 9th one. It was scrapped together in 3 weeks because the production company didn’t want to lose the rights to the franchise. That’s the only reason.

    1. April
      April at |

      It was a well-integrated plot the first time around. After that, it was just as dull and repetitive as all the others on this list.

      1. Thomas
        Thomas at |

        I’ll agree to disagree about Saw, but I still say that Hellraiser should’ve been high up on the list (probably number one).

  13. Mark
    Mark at |

    You’re right that these series are all tired, but your commentary on them leaves much to be desired. It’s obvious that you’re not much of a horror fan, which is fine. I am, but I won’t bore you by comenting on every sequel, what Friday or Halloween movies were good of bad, blah blah blah. I could talk for hours, but here are just a few important points…

    1. “Ten years later, the writer of the original made a movie called Legion …and the studio forced him to call it Exorcist III despite it having nothing whatsoever to do with the franchise aside from some blasphemy and a forcible name swap between characters.”

    Nope, William Peter Blatty’s novel Legion is actually a direct sequel to The Exorcist, and the third book in his self-named “faith trilogy”. The trilogy started with The Exorcist. The second book is called The Ninth Configuration, a comedy/drama that was also a movie, starring Stacey Keach and directed by Blatty. These books are primarily about a person dealing with their doubt, their loss of faith. In the first film it was Father Damien Karras, in the Ninth Configuration it is Captain Billy Cupshaw, and in Legion it is Lt Kinderman. And several characters show up in both the first and third films, so they’re not name swaps. Father Morning, Father Karras, and Lt Kinderman all make appearances in both The Exorcist and The Exorcist III. It is a continuation of the events of the first film. But you’re right in saying that it was a really good film.

    2. “…not to mention a guy who has been struggling with his Catholicism for, let’s see here, his entire career, to make a prequel.”

    See above. This actually made him a great candidate to direct the prequel. In fact, Blatty wrote The Exorcist to reflect his own struggle with Catholic faith and doubt. It is what these stories are really about. The Exorcist is as much a work of religion and philosophy as it is horror, maybe more so.

    3. Psycho II was surprisingly very good. More people should check it out. Not kidding.

    4. “There’s just literally no place they haven’t taken this franchise”

    Oh Please. It’s this kind of lazy, uncreative thinking that put Jason in space in the first place.

    5. I’ve never been much of a fan of the Saw movies, but now I have to defend them. It deserves to be on the list because it overstayed its welcome, and the last few movies really started going downhill. But, you bash the Saw franchise for having a well written plot with continuity and surprises, plot points that carry over into sequels and reveal things down the road. That’s pathetic. If it was too much for you to digest, take a seat and grab an ice pack.

    I don’t love the Saw franchise, but I respect it. Whereas Friday the 13th and Halloween have seen the franchise’s continuity dragged through the mud, Saw was meticulously produced to all be interwoven as one solid epic. The set designers, prop dept, make-up dept, art design team, supporting cast, etc were all carried over from one film into the next as much as they could be. The end goal was near perfect continuity. Saw is, if anything, an exercise in creating a horror franchise as one tight story, with sequels planned out ahead of time. This is the opposite of the treatment Jason and Freddy and Michael got, which resulted in all of the thing you had just gotten done complaining about. Hell, even from Friday 2 to Friday 3, which picks up the very next day, Jason inexplicably has an entirely new outfit… and face. And the set noticeable switched from Connecticut to Georgia. And people in the area seemingly have no idea that a killer is on the loose. And the worst part? Both movies were directed by the SAME guy, Steve Miner, who is generally regarded among horror fans as one of the best slasher directors. So with that in perspective, complaining about Saw seems a bit silly, no?

    So the Saw franchise isn’t the best, but it’s certainly one of the most carefully crafted and intertwined horror franchises. You complain that someone actually put thought into a horror franchise, and that’s a real shame. In fact, you literally just complained that a movie called “Saw”, starring a killer named “Jigsaw” felt like a puzzle. Maybe a… jigsaw puzzle? Yeah, I know, sit down, deep breaths, grab that ice pack. It’s a lot to take in, huh? I can’t believe I’m even saying this, but the Saw movies might be too deep for you. Try Hostel.

    1. Mark
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      Oh, and one more thing, I agree with Mr. F. Hellraiser should be on this list. In fact, I’d put it in at #1. That franchise is already 9 movies in, and the 4th was in space. So somehow this series managed to go 5 movies “post-space.” The latest film was rushed into production without Doug Bradley, just so that the studio could keep the franchise rights.

      Kill it.

    2. Thomas
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      From one horror fan to another, I’d like to say your comment was very well written. I am a Saw fan (as my comment above yours notes), and your defense of it was excellent. To complain that the Saw films were bad because they had an intricately-woven plotline is seems quite ridiculous. Frankly, I would think that the continuity and the attention to detail are something to be admired in a series.

  14. JLRaven
    JLRaven at |

    I agree with this list wholeheartedly and agree some others should have been added. I certainly think Hellraiser should be on the list I can stomach the second but after that it’s too much and for that matter (and in no descending order)

    The Omen
    Scream (although it has been only four, am I the only one who disliked the third?)

    Don’t get me wrong I love horror, my collection is pretty much all of this genre but there is a way to do things. And I have to stick up for SAW, sorry! but it’s pretty fun and non-engaging, trying to figure out the puzzle is pointless, it is meant to be confusing. Switch your brain off. I’m not necessarily a fan of the films past film 3 (although I have a begrudging respect for Saw 7) but they try to pull you in and work, it helps that you do have a tendency to care for the characters.

    And I will defend Candyman too. By far the first is the best yet I can’t share the same anger toward the sequel. Yes it might have gone off on a tangent but the central female character is pretty likeable and the story is coherent enough to follow. I HATE Day of the Dead, it’s poorly written with an actress who’s intelligence seems rather questionable. Why Todd chose to be in this is beyond me, worst idea I have seen in quite some time.

    Halloween did lose some of its spark as it continued on, on, on, on and on, and on… but the first is still a legend in my eyes.

    The list is not terrible, in my opinion, but it omits some films that have committed some atrocities in the passing years. To not put in The Omen especially is beyond me. The original great, the follow ups… eh…

    Horror is a genre we all ought to be proud of I just wish that studios would stop bringing out potentially good movies (Paranormal Activity, it had hope!) and then just adding new additions to the series. Leave it as it is. We don’t need the remake of the remake of the remake or a reboot, nor do we need the franchise to lose steam.

    I wait in sincere hope for the day a horror film is done as an original and left as that. I can hope…


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