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Best Film In a Horror Series

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Thought this would be a fun topic with the seemingly wide array of Horror fans here. Of the following Horror series with at least three films or more, which is your single favorite entry in each? Cut and paste the list and fill it with your choice of your single favorite film per series. Add some more series if you'd like, for now I listed some of the major ones. Just be sure it's three movies or more, no two movies only ones (ie. House Of 1, 000 Corpses/The Devil's Rejects, Laid To Rest 1 and 2, etc.) and any series that has a remake, prequel, crossover, etc. those count.


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Friday The 13th
Halloween
A Nightmare On Elm Street
Saw
Scream
Phantasm
Evil Dead
Alien
Predator
Child's Play
Hellraiser
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Insidious
Final Destination
Paranormal Activity

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IMO the best installment in each:


Friday The 13th - The Final Chapter
Halloween - 1978 Original
A Nightmare On Elm Street - New Nightmare
Saw - Saw II
Scream - Original
Phantasm - Phantasm II
Evil Dead - Evil Dead II
Alien - Aliens
Predator - Predator 2
Child's Play - Original
Hellraiser - Original
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - 2003 Remake
Insidious - Chapter 3
Final Destination - Original
Paranormal Activity - Original


Some additionals I forgot before:


Romero's Living Dead - Day Of The Dead (1985)
Return Of The Living Dead - Part II
Maniac Cop - Maniac Cop 2
Puppet Master - Puppet Master 4
Poltergeist - Poltergeist II
Leprechaun - Original
I Know What You Did Last Summer -Original
Jaws - Original
Tremors - Original
Blade - Still undecided between the original or Blade II


I'm sure a few of my choices are controversial and are bound to raise eyebrows, like Predator 2, Poltergeist II and ROTLD2. Not to say I didn't like the originals because I do, I just simply enjoyed the subsequent sequel more though I'm well-aware some of my choices are unpopular (I'm sure me preferring the TCM remake is also controversial). Should be fun to see the varied responses this'll get.

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Good thread idea!

 

 

FRIDAY THE 13th - FRIDAY THE 13th: THE FINAL CHAPTER

HELLRAISER - HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER 2

 

All the others it's the original except for

 

INSIDIOUS and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY

 

both of which I really don't like any of them.

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My favorites:

Friday The 13th = Jason X (in outer space, all that was missing were some Nazis)
Halloween = the first by John Carpenter
A Nightmare On Elm Street = the original
Saw
Scream = the first since Drew gets it
Phantasm
Evil Dead
Alien = Aliens 
Predator = the first
Child's Play = none
Hellraiser
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre = the first
Insidious
Final Destination
Paranormal Activity

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Halloween - The original first one. Starring 'the' scream queen, Jamie Lee Curtis!

Friday the 13th - The original first one.

Scream - The original first one.

A Nightmare on Elm Street - The original first one.

Paranormal Activity - I loved the third one the most.

Final Destination - All were interesting, but the first original one is best.

Psycho - The original, with Janet Leigh and Tony Perkins!

The Exorcist - The original. Talk about scaring the heebyjeebies out of me!

Jaws - The original.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - The one with Matt Bomer is my favorite of this series.

 

Alien, Saw, Predator, Child's Play & Hellraiser - I am not a fan of these, all of them bored me lol.

 

 

 

These horror movies are not series, but it raises the question and answer, that the originals were better than the remakes:

 

Black Christmas - The original, with Olivia Hussey (my ultimate favorite horror movie).

My Bloody Valentine - The original.

Carrie - The original.

The Omen - The original.

 

& so many others, that I won't mention now.

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My favorites:

Friday The 13th = Jason X (in outer space, all that was missing were some Nazis)

Halloween = the first by John Carpenter

A Nightmare On Elm Street = the original

Saw

Scream = the first since Drew gets it

Phantasm

Evil Dead

Alien = Aliens 

Predator = the first

Child's Play = none

Hellraiser

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre = the first

Insidious

Final Destination

Paranormal Activity

 

 

The ones that are blank you haven't seen?

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The ones that are blank you haven't seen?

 

Only some of them, not enough of the series to select my favorites

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After their newest installments this Summer, The Conjuring 2 and The Purge: Election Year were both worthy additions to their series. The Conjuring 2 is the best of the trilogy but with The Purge I still like Anarchy the best.

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Friday The 13th - Tie between Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter & Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
Halloween - Halloween (1978)
A Nightmare On Elm Street - A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Phantasm - Phantasm
Evil Dead - The Evil Dead
Alien - Tie between Alien & Aliens. I think they're equally great, but quite different movies.
Predator - Predator
Hellraiser - Hellraiser
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III
Romero's Living Dead - Dawn of the Dead
Return Of The Living Dead - The Return of the Living Dead
Poltergeist - Poltergeist
Leprechaun - Leprechaun
Jaws - Jaws
Tremors - Tremors

 

It's been too long since I've seen the Scream, Child's Play, Puppet Master, I Know What You Did Last Summer & Blade movies, so I can't really remember all of them well enough for me to accurately decide. And the other franchises you mentioned I've either only seen 1 or 2 films in the series or haven't seen any at all.

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III

 

Interesting. You don't often see this one singled out.

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Interesting. You don't often see this one singled out.

Yeah, true. I think Dawn of the Dead's Ken Foree being in it was part of the reason it became my favorite when I first saw it years ago, but I wouldn't disagree that the original is the best of the franchise and it certainly was the most influential/impactful. Anyway, I'ld imagine that somewhere out there there's someone who considers Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation as their favorite of the franchise! :huh:  :D 

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"The Omen" - the original film - the sequels, "The Omen II" and "The Omen III" weren't as good as the original, unfortunately - the problem, I think, is that the boy grew progressively OLDER.     

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Long time since I was last here, but good to be back.

Slightly updated list from my original post:


Friday The 13th - The Final Chapter
Halloween - 1978 Original
A Nightmare On Elm Street - New Nightmare
Saw - Saw II
Scream - Original
Evil Dead - Evil Dead II
Phantasm - Phantasm II
Alien - Aliens
Predator - Predator 2
Hellraiser - Original
Child's Play - Original
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - 2003 Remake
Final Destination - Original
Insidious - Chapter 3
The Conjuring - The Conjuring 2
The Purge - Anarchy
Paranormal Activity - Original
Puppet Master - Puppet Master 4
Maniac Cop - Maniac Cop 2
Romero's Living Dead - Day Of The Dead (1985)
Return Of The Living Dead - Part II
Poltergeist - Poltergeist II
Jaws - Original
Cube - Original
Tremors - Original
Leprechaun - Original
Blade - Blade II
Amityville - Only seen the original, remake and It's About Time
Resident Evil - Seen the first two, need to see the rest to make fair judgment
Blair Witch - Seen the first and third. Find both meh but I guess I liked the third a little better. Neither was my cup of tea.
 

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"The Omen" - the original film - the sequels, "The Omen II" and "The Omen III" weren't as good as the original, unfortunately - the problem, I think, is that the boy grew progressively OLDER.     

It has more to do with the casting of  Damien as her grew up- the original kid was both sweet and creepy- but he simply reacted to the evil event about him- the teenage Damien in 'The Omen II" was ok but by the third film neither the adult Damien or the film were any good- not even the deaths are imaginative

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Long time since I was last here, but good to be back.

 

Slightly updated list from my original post:

 

 

Friday The 13th - The Final Chapter

Halloween - 1978 Original

A Nightmare On Elm Street - New Nightmare

Saw - Saw II

Scream - Original

Evil Dead - Evil Dead II

Phantasm - Phantasm II

Alien - Aliens

Predator - Predator 2

Hellraiser - Original

Child's Play - Original

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - 2003 Remake

Final Destination - Original

Insidious - Chapter 3

The Conjuring - The Conjuring 2

The Purge - Anarchy

Paranormal Activity - Original

Puppet Master - Puppet Master 4

Maniac Cop - Maniac Cop 2

Romero's Living Dead - Day Of The Dead (1985)

Return Of The Living Dead - Part II

Poltergeist - Poltergeist II

Jaws - Original

Cube - Original

Tremors - Original

Leprechaun - Original

Blade - Blade II

Amityville - Only seen the original, remake and It's About Time

Resident Evil - Seen the first two, need to see the rest to make fair judgment

Blair Witch - Seen the first and third. Find both meh but I guess I liked the third a little better. Neither was my cup of tea.

 

"Poltergeist II' has not aged well as the original film and let's not even mention the dreadful remake

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It has more to do with the casting of  Damien as her grew up- the original kid was both sweet and creepy- but he simply reacted to the evil event about him- the teenage Damien in 'The Omen II" was ok but by the third film neither the adult Damien or the film were any good- not even the deaths are imaginative

Yes, I agree, turning Damien into an adult was all wrong.

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"Poltergeist II' has not aged well as the original film and let's not even mention the dreadful remake

 

 

It's been a very long time since I last watched any of the Poltergeist films, I'm going by memory. I could well change Poltergeist around when I go through the films next time, which I plan to soon.

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It's been a very long time since I last watched any of the Poltergeist films, I'm going by memory. I could well change Poltergeist around when I go through the films next time, which I plan to soon.

The original film still works even the fx stand up the remake was truly dreadful

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I thought the remake was okay but pretty forgettable.

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I saw Alien: Covenant yesterday and quite enjoyed it and it's certainly the best entry the series had had in a long time, but I still think Aliens is the best and always will be. Though I'm sure some would say the original.

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I saw Alien: Covenant yesterday and quite enjoyed it and it's certainly the best entry the series had had in a long time, but I still think Aliens is the best and always will be. Though I'm sure some would say the original.

It's a good horror sci-fi movie

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It's the first genuinely good entry the series has had in a very long time, for sure.

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Does Jurassic Park count as Horror? I think in a way they do, kinda blurs the line between Sci-Fi/Adventure/Horror. In any case I think the original is the best by miles.

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Bringing this back with it now being October and the Halloween/Horror season in full effect.

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