What Are the Best Horror Franchises to Come Out of the 21st Century?

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Psycho. Halloween. Friday the 13th. The Evil Dead. A Nightmare on Elm Street. Child’s Play. Candyman. Scream. All great horror franchises that have released some form of new instalment in the last decade or so. The original films in these franchises are considered classics. Their antagonists or villains are iconic.

But these aren’t new ideas. Psycho has been around since 1960. The rest all came out in the late ’70s through the ’90s. What I’m interested in today is finding out what the screenagers believe to be the best new horror franchise to have started sometime in or after the year 2000. I’m talking about a horror franchise with at least two films (with more planned or on the way).

Allow me to repeat the question: what are the best horror franchises to have come out of the 2000s and 2010s?

I have a few personal favorites. Happy Death Day is a fun comedy-slasher that I hope one day gets another instalment to complete its trilogy. The Purge has a great premise and started out strong with its first three instalments, but then sort of went downhill. Lastly, A Quiet Place might be one of the most recent horror franchise successes. Both films have strong writing, acting, and directing.

Okay, those are my three. I know I’m missing some big franchises (The mainline Conjuring films aren’t that good, everyone), so I’m looking forward to see what you all pick.

I’ll repeat myself just one last time. What are the best horror franchises 21st Century Hollywood has given us?

I’ll see you in the trenches.

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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