Halloween will be here in less than a week, and that means it's time to load up on the horror-movie viewing. This weekend is a great time to celebrate the holiday in advance with a marathon of all your favorites. Or here's an idea: plow through an entire horror franchise.
But which one? As any horror fan knows, most film series in the genre go way downhill at some point. That's a truth going back as far as Universal's 1930s monster movies. Occasionally some franchises pick back up, but it's very hard to find a series without at least one truly awful sequel. And there lies our challenge, to figure out the one we'd be most satisfied with all the way through. We can leave out remakes and reboots and even crossovers if that makes it any easier.
Obviously series with fewer installments might have an advantage. Do we favor the Paranormal Activity movies in total more than the Saw movies, because they haven't gone too sour yet? Also strong contenders are those classics where the best quality outweighs the least. Fans of Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre could be easy on the lesser sequels because the good ones (and of course the first) are so good?
And how about Child's Play, which just circled back to good graces with Curse of Chucky, which accounts for the scarier and the campier takes on the brand? George Romero's official "... of the Dead" series might be the most consistently enjoyable, in part because there are only a handful and they've come along so infrequently over 45 years.
If you had to choose one horror franchise to watch this weekend all the way through, which would it be?
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