As the ISCFC has now covered the entirety of several different horror franchises, it’s about time we had a central page for all our reviews of those films. Also, if you’d like us to cover anything, please mention it in the comments – the sun would go supernova before we’d have the chance to watch all of the different franchises.
The first two are head and shoulders above nearly everything else listed on this page, with horror superstar directors Eli Roth and Ti West giving us an extremely infectious, extremely deadly virus and letting it run wild on horny teenagers. The third one sucked, though.
Friday The 13th
Started off bad and largely stayed there, although for absolutely no reason finished up with a bizarrely great movie set in space.
Friday The 13th (1980)
Friday The 13th Part 2 (1981)
Friday The 13th Part 3 (1982)
Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
Friday The 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
Jason Lives: Friday The 13th Part 6 (1986)
Friday The 13th Part 7: The New Blood (1988)
Friday The 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
Jason X (2001)
Freddy vs Jason (2003)
The grandaddy of them all, this series shows how far you can ride one good film and one iconic mask.
Halloween 2 (1981)
Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch (1982)
Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers (1988)
Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers (1989)
Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers (1995)
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
Halloween Resurrection (2002)
Veering from comedy to slasher films, this series deliberately ignored any continuity between films, and was almost great, but a weird part 3 and a just plain bad part 4 scuppered what had been a nice little franchise.
These were slasher movies cleverly disguised as police thrillers. Part 2 may be one of the finest B-movies of all time, the other two not so much (although they’re all worth watching).
A Nightmare On Elm Street
My favourite of all the slasher franchises, by miles. Part 1 is a legit classic, I love 3 and 4, “New Nightmare” is really clever too. Okay, a few of them sucked, but Elm Street’s highs were higher than the rest.
A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)
A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)
Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)
Night Of The Demons
Demons possess teens in a haunted house. The through-thread is a character called Angela, who does at least one sexy dance per movie; and that demonism can be passed on via kissing.
Reggie, who went from ice-cream man to bald Bruce Campbell, is the best thing about this series, all written and directed by the great Don Coscarelli, where the Tall Man steals corpses to turn into an intergalactic slave army. But the intergalactic stuff all pretty much happens off screen.
Another franchise with wild variability in terms of quality, the first three are decent (with part 3 being one of the all-time great horror comedies); then the last two were just miserable.
A series that went in all sorts of different directions, but spent most of its time either in the Bodega Bay Hotel or Nazi Germany. Andre Toulon’s puppets got into all sorts of scrapes, and will no doubt continue to do so in the future, thanks to the prolific Full Moon Pictures. I’ll let my first paragraph of the “Retro Puppet Master” review do the talking:
“If you think about it, these films are pretty weird. The closest they have to a central character, Andre Toulon, is the protagonist in some installments, the antagonist in others, and either doesn’t appear at all or pops up to offer advice for a few minutes in the rest of them. The most recent (11th) film in the series is, if you take them chronologically, fourth; and the way they ignore continuity is almost at the level where it might be a joke from the filmmakers.”
Puppet Master (1989)
Puppet Master 2 (1991)
Puppet Master 3 – Toulon’s Revenge (1991)
Puppet Master 4 – The Demon (1993)
Puppet Master 5 – The Final Chapter (1994)
Curse of the Puppet Master (1998)
Retro Puppet Master (1999)
Puppet Master: The Legacy (2003)
Puppet Master vs. Demonic Toys (2004)
Puppet Master: Axis of Evil (2010)
Puppet Master X: Axis Rising (2012)
Puppet Master: Axis Termination (2017)
Silent Night, Deadly Night
The first film generated enough negative publicity to squeeze out four sequels and a 2012 remake. The second one is an all-time great “so bad it’s good” movie, the rest of them can be taken or left.
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987)
Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out! (1989)
Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation (1990)
Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker (1991)
Silent Night (2012)
Angela, the girl with a little something extra, starts out by strictly enforcing her own moral code, then degenerates into cheerfully killing people who just piss her off a bit.
Is this a horror franchise? I’m not sure it’s…anything. Films mostly about the exploits of Will Spanner, who’s the son of some witches but tries to use his powers for good, or something.
Witchcraft II: The Temptress (1989)
Witchcraft III: The Kiss Of Death (1991)
Witchcraft IV: The Virgin Heart (1992)
Witchcraft V: Dance With The Devil (1993)
Witchcraft 666: The Devil’s Mistress (1994)
Witchcraft VII: Judgement Hour (1995)
Witchcraft VIII: Salem’s Ghost (1996)
Witchcraft IX: Bitter Flesh (1997)
Witchcraft X: Mistress Of The Craft (1998)
Witchcraft XI: Sisters In Blood (2000)
Witchcraft XII: In The Lair Of The Serpent (2002)
Witchcraft 13: Blood Of The Chosen (2008)
Witchcraft XIV: Angel of Death (2016)
Witchcraft XV: Blood Rose (2016)
Witchcraft XVI: Hollywood Coven (2016)
Thanks to the peculiarities of Italian copyright law, and the way all movie producers are money-hungry scum, a couple of famous horror movies had non-franchises made around them, with sequels in name only from a wildly varying group of talents. “The Evil Dead” was one, and “Dawn Of The Dead” was the other. Notice the sheer number of part 3s, and that 5 of the 14 movies listed below don’t have any zombies in them.
Zombi (1978) (aka Dawn Of The Dead)
Zombi 2 (1979) (aka Zombie Flesh Eaters)
Zombi 3 (1988) (aka Zombie Flesh Eaters 2)
Zombi 3 (1981) (aka Nights Of Terror)
Zombi 3 (1974) (aka The Living Dead At Manchester Morgue)
Zombi 3 (1980) (aka Nightmare City)
Zombi 3 (1980) (aka Zombie Holocaust)
Zombi 3 (1973) (aka The Hanging Woman)
Zombi 4 (1988) (aka After Death)
Zombi 4 (1982) (aka Panic)
Zombi 4 (1973) (aka Virgin Among The Living Dead)
Zombi 5 (1988) (aka Killing Birds)
Zombi 5 (1982) (aka Revenge In The House Of Usher)
Zombi 6 (1981) (aka Absurd)
Zombi 7 (1980) (aka Anthropophagous)
Zombi 7 (1999) (aka Anthropophagous 2000)