In honor of the most wonderful time of the year (that’s Halloween month) I have decided to do a countdown of my top five favorite horror film franchises. I hope some of you will agree with my picks, and if not I would be happy to debate the merits of other franchises with my readers! Without further ado here’s the list!
Number 5: Friday the 13th
~These films started off strong, I mean an arrow through Kevin Bacon’s neck and Mrs. Voorhees being decapitated made for great gory fun, but they went down hill as the camp factor increased. Now I still love them, and I even had a junior high tradition of watching the first one each Friday the 13th, but they only rank as number five on this list!
Number 4: Nightmare on Elm Street
~Talk about starting strong and becoming campy! This series made the campy work so well, as only Robert Englund can. I actually really love camp, but it needs to be done right, and Robert “Freddie Kruger” Englund always delivers on that!
Number 3: Scream
~As a child born in the early 90s I cannot forget to include that most 90s of horror franchises. This is the franchise that gave us the rules on how to survive a horror film, and practically invented self aware horror cinema! The first three films became one of the ultimate horror trilogies ever created, and the fourth was well done. I cannot wait for that teased fifth film!
Number 2: Halloween
~I bet those of you who saw the way the list was going were just waiting for this one to pop up! Am I right? Well it is an utterly iconic franchise that has been done and redone in sometimes unique ways (I personally also love the Rob Zombie versions as well as the originals). The new one comes out this month, as we all know, and I cannot wait to see Jamie Lee Curtis in her most iconic role again!
Number 1: The Firefly Family Trilogy
~This is the trilogy of films made by Rob Zombie. It started with House of 1000 Corpses and continued in Devil’s Rejects and most recently 3 From Hell! I have long adored these movies, first being introduced the summer after high school (I’ve been a horror buff since age 12, but had not discovered these yet). Baby, Otis, and Captain Spaulding are some of the greatest serial killer anti-heroes around! It is a tradition for my husband and I do have a Rob Zombie marathon of these films one night each October.
~I hope you have enjoyed this countdown. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
Note on Image: The image at the top of the post is a meme I felt worked with this post. I found the image on pinterest.com.