8 Under-Appreciated Horror Movie Franchises

Horror movie franchises like Nightmare on Elm Street, Hellraiser, Friday the 13th, Paranormal Activity and Saw get a lot of attention.  Here at 8 others we feel don’t get enough love.  A movie series has to have 3 or more movies to be included in this list.  Click on a movie name to see its IMDB profile.
Puppetmaster.  While not great movies per se, most of the Puppetmaster movies are campy good time.
Neil Gallagher found the secret to Toulon’s puppets who come to life and then killed himself. Alex and… (90 mins.)
Director: David Schmoeller
Wishmaster.  Andrew Divoff is great as The Djinn  in the first two movies.
A demonic djinn attempts to grant its owner three wishes, which will allow him to summon his brethren to earth. (90 mins.)
Director: Robert Kurtzman
Warlock.  The first Warlock movie is one of the best and most underrated comedy-horrors of the 80s.
A warlock flees from the 17th to the 20th century, with a witch-hunter in hot pursuit. (103 mins.)
Director: Steve Miner
Night of the Demons.  This is fairly well known but should be as highly regarded as movies such as the Return of the Living Dead.
On the night of Halloween, 10 teens decide to go to a party at an abandoned funeral parlor. “Hull House”… (90 mins.)
Director: Kevin S. Tenney
Psycho.  Everyone knows the first Psycho of course, but many do not realize the sequels are also quite good.
After twenty-two years of psychiatric care, Norman Bates attempts to return to a life of solitude… but the specters of his crimes — and his mother — continue to haunt him. (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Franklin
The Blind Dead.  Underrated, unique Italian zombie movies.
In the 13th century there existed a legion of evil knights known as the Templars, who quested for eternal… (101 mins.)
The Toxic Avenger.  The Toxic Avenger is probably the best Troma movie.  Parts 1 and 4 are the best entries in this series.  
Tromaville has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when mop boy Melvin Junko falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose. (87 mins.)
Demonic Toys.  Similarly to Puppermaster, these are movies are just good fun.
A policewoman, her quarry and an innocent delivery boy become trapped in a haunted toy warehouse (86 mins.)
Director: Peter Manoogian

15 thoughts on “8 Under-Appreciated Horror Movie Franchises

  1. I would love to love Troma, just because Lloyd Kaufman is one of the good guys, but most of their movies leave me cold. Toxie is different, though – having said that, I blame him being so good for me sitting through so many duff Tromas over the next few years, in search of anything as good (Sgt Kabukiman came close, though).

      1. Poultrygeist – that’s their problem for me: great titles, and the movie is a let down. Mind you, they are FAR from alone in that!

  2. I completely agree with all of these franchises. They are underrated not just by people but by hollywood, they could really do a revamp of these if they took it seriously. I mean, c’mon. Look at the crap they release now.

    1. Actually Phantasm is my favorite horror series. I didn’t include it because I feel it is fairly well known and respected. But you’re right, it could still use more recognition. I hope we see another sequel for it soon.

  3. Leprechaun was really entertaining as a kid – funny.
    And critters… The fury biting creatures – funny.
    Oh, and hellraiser – but that might be a locally (South African) under appreciated series.

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