8 Horror Franchises That Just Won't Die
Last year saw Michael Myers make a triumphant return in Halloween, a direct sequel to the original classic that (smartly) ignored all of the previous sequels.
Not every horror franchise is as successful at refreshing itself though, and there are plenty out there that just don't know when to call it a day. Sure, there's every chance one of the following franchises could deliver Halloween-
(Note: We've focused on the franchises that have released a new movie in the past year or have solid plans to release a new movie soon).
I Spit on Your Grave
Notorious video nasty I Spit on Your Grave didn’t exactly seem like a franchise starter, although it did have an unofficial sequel called Savage Vengeance in 1993.
Then for some
We thought that was it but now original director Meir Zarchi is back with a direct sequel called I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu. Bringing back Camille Keaton as original character Jennifer Hills, the sequel that no one asked for will be out on 23 April.
Movies: eight (and a TV series)
Since the release of Child’s Play in 1988, killer doll Chucky has carved out his own franchise with six sequels, largely led by creator Don Mancini.
The sequels can’t come close to the first movie and are very much for the fans, moving the series firmly into the horror-comedy genre (much like A Nightmare on Elm Street did for Freddy Krueger as the series went on).
Cult of Chucky looked to be the end of it, yet now we’ve got an upcoming TV series called Chucky from Mancini that continues the movie franchise and a completely separate movie reboot of Child’s Play, out on June 21 in the US.
Puppet Master is one of those long-running movie franchises that you probably won’t be aware of, even though it’s just released its 13th movie.
The series is like Child’s Play with more killer dolls and the latest movie, Puppet Master: The Littlest
It’s been so committed to continuing in the past that there’s one movie (Puppet Master: The Legacy) made up of almost entirely leftover footage from previous movies. Yes, really.
The original Pinhead, Doug Bradley, hasn’t appeared in the last two movies of the franchise, but producers Dimension Films aren’t letting that get in the way of continuing the Hellraiser franchise.
Reportedly, the ninth movie, Hellraiser: Revelations, was rushed into production to ensure that Dimension Films kept the rights to the series, with the intention of following that up with a remake of the classic original.
That never transpired and
Children of the Corn
Since Stephen King’s short story Children of the Corn was first adapted for the screen, it's led to eight sequels and one TV movie remake.
The sequel, Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice, directly followed on from the original, but there's been little-to-no effort since to link the other sequels to the original other than having creepy kids killing people.
Even more confusingly, after the 2009 TV movie, we've had two more sequels
Friday the 13th
Movies: 12 (and a remake on the way)
Halloween made a successful comeback last year, so it was only natural that we soon got word that there would be another reboot of Friday the 13th.
The original series thankfully petered out when it went to space in the tenth movie
As they did with so many classic horrors, Platinum Dunes then released a dreadful reboot in 2009 that, fortunately, did so badly that it never led to a sequel.
Movies: six (and a remake on the way)
Paul WS Anderson’s adaptation of the long-running video game series Resident
However, we’re putting them in here as the original movie definitely tried to be more of a survival horror like the games. Given how the rest of the series had a dramatic decline quality-wise, perhaps the shift in tone wasn’t for the best.
As with most horror franchises, putting the word 'final' in the title of one of your movies doesn’t mean the end, and so it is that Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will be followed by a reboot of the entire series.
Star Wars and Harry Potter aren’t the only long-running movie franchises that Warwick Davis has had a role in.
Step forward Leprechaun, a horror series about a killer leprechaun who goes to extreme lengths to recover anything stolen from him. This has taken Davis’s Leprechaun to space and to "the hood" as the series, like with most horror franchises, became more of a comedy.
Fortunately for Davis, he got out after Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood, but that didn’t stop there being a reboot (Leprechaun: Origins) and, most recently, a direct-to-TV sequel to the original movie (Leprechaun Returns).