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The 30 best horror film franchises

Yardbarker Logo By Jeremy Smith of Yardbarker | Slide 1 of 31: For almost as long as there have been horror films, there have been horror franchises. The first explosion of horror sequels detonated in the 1930s when audiences went gaga for fiends like Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man and so on. Over the next few decades, studios (primarily Universal) wrung every last bit of profitability out of these creatures while looking for the next commercially viable ghoul or ghost or what-have-you. More than 80 years later, nothing has changed. Horror is still one of the most reliable (and affordable) genres out there. Which series of films have most adeptly mixed artistry with business? Here are 30 franchises (of three films or more) that maintained our enthusiasm without insulting our intelligence...too much (ranked from least to best).

The 30 best horror franchises

For almost as long as there have been horror films, there have been horror franchises. The first explosion of horror sequels detonated in the 1930s when audiences went gaga for fiends like Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man and so on. Over the next few decades, studios (primarily Universal) wrung every last bit of profitability out of these creatures while looking for the next commercially viable ghoul or ghost or what-have-you. More than 80 years later, nothing has changed. Horror is still one of the most reliable (and affordable) genres out there. Which series of films have most adeptly mixed artistry with business? Here are 30 franchises (of three films or more) that maintained our enthusiasm without insulting our intelligence...too much (ranked from least to best).

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