Film Junk Poll: What is the Best Slasher Franchise?


Having just gone through all of the Halloween films for our upcoming premium podcast, I was thinking about how the series as a whole stacks up against other similar franchises. Although we did a poll to determine the best horror franchise a few years back, it kind of avoided the ultimate showdown by including other franchises outside the slasher genre. Now it’s time to set the record straight. Let’s put all of these psychopathic killers in the ring and see which one walks away victorious. While a few of these options might be stretching a definition of the genre a little bit (ie. Final Destination), for the most part, I tried to keep it fairly strict. So what do you think is the best slasher franchise? Cast your vote in this week’s poll and then sound off in the comments below.

What is the Best Slasher Franchise? free polls

  • Sam

    After revisiting all the Friday the 13th movies last year, and revisiting the Halloween for the premium this year as well as all the Nightmare on Elm Street movies on my own as well earlier this month, I’ve come to the realization that all those series consist of mostly bad movies among.

    Even after watching them all over again and only really enjoying 3 Halloween movies, one of them not even including the “slasher” element, I’d almost still have to go with Halloween as my favorite. Michael Myers still remains iconic to me, no matter how much they fucked with the character. Nostalgia definitely plays a role.

    It’s a different question, but the Evil Dead series would probably be the most solid horror franchise as there’s only 3. Romero’s the Dead Trilogy as well if we would have just stopped at the original 3 but he didn’t.

  • Anthony

    Scream is probably the most consistent of these choices, so i went with that.

  • I can’t believe Halloween is winning. I’ve never been a fan of those movies. I didn’t even really like the original one that much.

  • FDB

    Even though I’m not sure it TOTALLY counts; my vote goes to Psycho. Psycho II is absolutely one of the most underrated horror/slasher/whatever movies of all time, imo. As a follow up to one of the greatest films of ever made, it is unimpeachable. It would have been very easy for that film to have been a virtual retread of the first, and it wasn’t at all; it took what was left from the original and flipped it on its head to amazing effect. In a decade that probably produced the majority of the best horror movies, I think Psycho II is among the top. The first is obviously a classic, and the last two each found a pretty interesting spin on the formula to make them more than worth watching (something that can’t be said about a lot of slasher sequels). The Psycho franchise gets nowhere near enough love. I’ve actually inspired myself to go buy the scream factory blu of Psycho II and pop that shit on tonightz.

  • Lori Cerny

    I agree with all your points. Can we get a Psycho Premium from the Film Junk crew?

  • Deven Science

    Evil Dead series! Ooh, good pick.

  • Deven Science

    I’m actually not sure I’ve seen any of the Psycho sequels. I might have to put them on the queue.

  • Xidor

    Is the Alien Franchise considered horror? Can a film be considered a slasher if it’s sci-fi?

  • devolutionary

    There’s nothing wrong with a slasher being sci-fi. Alien and Alien 3 (arguably) are slashers; the rest not so much.

  • frankw35

    I went with the Scream franchise–it’s the only one that maintains–more or less–some degree of quality over its run. If the question were “Which franchise had the best first installment?” I’d change my mind to “Psycho” or “Halloween.”–I even like “Hellraiser” better than “Scream”. But none of these movies knew they were going to be franchises until after the first one was a hit (and Psycho took two decades to get going again), so as far as not rapidly going downhill fast after the original, “Scream” probably does it best.