Movie Franchises with the Highest Number of Entries, Part 1

Criteria for making the list: Each franchise needs to have at least 7 entries to be included. Theater releases, direct-to-video and TV movies all included, but TV shows are not. Some of the larger franchises are a little hard to sift through, but I’ll do my best. I’ll only be including the films which completely revolve around the same character or subject (example: Neither Van Helsing nor The Monster Squad will be included in the Dracula or Frankenstein franchises, despite both characters being present). I also won’t be counting films that are all part of the same world (like the Marvel and DC universes), they need to be from the same film line. The franchises need to be in either english or french (my native languages). If I wanted to include everything in the world, I’d be here forever. I also won’t include any anime, whatever the language. There’s just way too many, and also I’m not really an anime fan, so there wouldn’t be many anyways. Lastly, I need to have seen at least one entry. So if your favourite franchise isn’t here, I apologize.

And on that note, on to the list! Oh, they also aren’t in any particular order. Enjoy! 🙂

A-Nightmare-on-Elm-Street

Franchise: Nightmare On Elm Street, also called the Freddy franchise
Starring: Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Patricia Arquette, Craig Wasson, Tuesday Knight, Lisa Wilcox, Beatrice Boepple, Shon Greenblatt, Lisa Zane, Monica Keena, Jason Ritter, Rooney Mara, Jackie Earle Haley and Kyle Gallner
Director(s): Wes Craven, Jack Sholder, Chuck Russell, Renny Harlin, Stephen Hopkins, Rachel Talalay, Ronny Yu, Samuel Bayer
Number of Films: 9
Number I’ve Seen: 5
Do I Like Them?: I loved the first one, the remake was pretty good, New Nightmare was fun, but the rest, meh.
Titles and Release Dates:
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)
Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Batman

Franchise: Batman
Starring: Lewis Wilson, Robert Lowery, Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale, Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Danny DeVito, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Chris O’Donnell, Alicia Silverstone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, and Michael Caine
Director(s): Tim Burton, Joel Schumacher, Christopher Nolan, Eric Radomski, Curt Geda, Jay Oliva, and more
Number of Films: 17
Number I’ve Seen: 8
Do I Like Them?: 3 or 4 of them, yeah. The best one is still Batman Returns, followed closely by The Dark Knight.
Titles and Release Dates:
Batman (1943)
Batman (1966)
Batman (1989)
Batman Returns (1992)
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
Batman Forever (1995)
Batman & Robin (1997)
Return of the Joker (2000)
The Batman vs. Dracula (2005)
Batman Begins (2005)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Under the Red Hood (2010)
Year One (2011)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
The Dark Knight Returns – Part 1 (2012)
The Dark Knight Returns – Part 2 (2013)
Son of Batman (2014)

Bond

Franchise: James Bond, 007
Starring: Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig
Director(s): Terence Young, Guy Hamilton, Lewis Gilbert, John Glen, Martin Campbell, Roger Spottiswoode, Michael Apted, Lee Tamahori, Marc Forster, Sam Mendes
Number of Films: 23
Number I’ve Seen: 1
Do I Like Them?: Nope, which is why I haven’t watched more.
Titles and Release Dates:
Dr. No (1962)
From Russia with Love (1963)
Goldfinger (1964)
Thunderball (1965)
You Only Live Twice (1967)
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Live and Let Die (1973)
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Moonraker (1979)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Octopussy (1983)
A View to a Kill (1985)
The Living Daylights (1987)
Licence to Kill (1989)
GoldenEye (1995)
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Die Another Day (2002)
Casino Royale (2006)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Skyfall (2012)

Children-of-the-corn

Franchise: Children of the Corn
Starring: Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, Terence Knox, Paul Scherrer, Daniel Cerny, Ron Melendez, Naomi Watts, Karen Black, Stacy Galina, Alexis Arquette, Natalie Ramsey, John Franklin, Claudette Mink, Michael Ironside, David Anders, Daniel Newman, Billy Drago, and Kelen Coleman
Director(s): Fritz Kiersch, David Price, James DR Hickox, Greg Spence, Ethan Wiley, Kari Skogland, Guy Magar, Donald P Borchers, Joel Soisson
Number of Films: 9
Number I’ve Seen: 2
Do I Like Them?: Nope. Well I loved Urban Harvest as a kid, but that’s cause I had a crush on the kid. Seeing it when I was older horrified me, and not in a good way, hehe.
Titles and Release Dates:
Children of the Corn (1984)
Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice 
(1993)
Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest 
(1995)
Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering 
(1996)
Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror
 (1998)
Children of the Corn 666: Isaac’s Return
 (1999)
Children of the Corn: Revelation 
(2001)
Children of the Corn 
(2009)
Children of the Corn: Genesis 
(2011)

Dracula

Franchise: Dracula
Starring: A crap ton of actors including Gary Oldman, Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Frank Langella, Gerard Butler, and Luke Evans
Director(s): Again, a crap ton, including Tod Browning, Terence Fisher, John Badham, Francis Ford Coppola, Patrick Lussier, and Gary Shore
Number of Films: Wiki says 78, but there are some missing, like Dracula Rising.
Number I’ve Seen: I honestly don’t know, a lot.
Do I Like Them?: Most of them, yes.
Titles and Release Dates: The Dracula wiki page has 78 entries, I’m obviously not going to list them all here. I’ll list just a handful, and you can go visit this page if you want to see them all. Even they missed a few, though, there are so many out there.
Dracula (1931)
Dracula (1958)
Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
Count Dracula 
(1970)
Dracula
 (1979)
Dracula
 (1992)
Dracula 2000
 (2000)
Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary
 (2002)
Dracula Untold 
(2014)

Frankenstein

Franchise: Frankenstein
Starring: A whole lot of actors including Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr, Robert DeNiro, Patrick Bergin, and Glenn Strange
Director(s): Again a lot, James Whale, Kenneth Branaugh, and David Wickes included
Number of Films: Different lists yield different numbers of films, from as low as 38 to as high as 76
Number I’ve Seen: From this list, 9
Do I Like Them?: A few of them, yes. The book was wonderful.
Titles and Release Dates: There are too many to list, but here are a choice few.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein (1973)
Blackenstein (1973)
The Bride (1985)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Frankenstein (1931)
Frankenweenie(2012)
I, Frankenstein (2014)
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994)

Friday the 13th

Franchise: Friday the 13th
Starring: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, Laurie Bartram, Jeannine Taylor, Kevin Bacon, Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Aaron Yoo, and many more.
Director(s): Sean S Cunningham, Steve Miner, Joseph Zito, Danny Steinmann, Tom McLoughlin, John Carl Buechler, Rob Hedden, Adam Marcus, James Isaac, Ronny Yu, Marcus Nispel
Number of Films: 12
Number I’ve Seen: 3 (I think)
Do I Like Them?: Nope
Titles and Release Dates: 
Friday the 13th (1980)
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
Jason X (2001)
Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
Friday the 13th (2009)

Halloween

Franchise: Halloween
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Paul Rudd, Danielle Harris, Josh Hartnett, Malcolm McDowell, Scout Taylor-Compton, and many more
Director(s): John Carpenter, Rick Rosenthal, Tommy Lee Wallace, Dwight H Little, Dominique Othenin-Girard, Joe Chappelle, Steve Miner, Rob Zombie
Number of Films: 10
Number I’ve Seen: 4
Do I Like Them?: Not really. 6 and 7 were ok, but 1 and 2 sucked.
Titles and Release Dates:
Halloween (1978)
Halloween II (1981)
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
Halloween (2007)
Halloween II (2009)

Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3!! 🙂

M.

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Mel’s 5 Second TV Review: Penny Dreadful Season 1

Penny Dreadful (2014 – now)
Season 1 cast: Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Harry Treadaway, Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Danny Sapani, Olivia Llewellyn, Olly Alexander, David Warner, Alex Price, Alun Armstrong

PENNY DREADFUL

So, I haven’t been keeping up to date on TV shows for a long time now. Even shows I love, like Supernatural and Doctor Who, I’ve completely slacked on. Not sure why. I still watch a lot of stuff, but it’s all documentaries and stuff like that. But slowly the fiction bug seems to be creeping back, with me watching more and more movies, and even some TV shows, like this one.

I’d been interested in it since the moment I heard of it (back when it was still in production, I did an article about teen hearthrobs, and Josh Hartnett was on the list), and I told myself I’d watch it when it came out. Of course, I didn’t. But speaking to my mother this weekend, she told me she tried to watch it, but couldn’t because it was too creepy. That immediately piqued my interest, and I just had to watch it.

Disappointingly, season 1 only has 8 episodes, but I absolutely devoured them, doing the whole thing in two sittings. I’d have done it all in one, but it was late, and I had to drive home the next day (3 hour drive), which is always hard on me. The setting and costumes are gorgeous, and the actors seemed perfectly suited for their roles. Even Josh Hartnett, who, despite his beauty, was never the best actor, has upped his game. The characters are all from classic horror, with Dr Frankenstein, Mina Harker, and a master vampire who has to be Dracula (but we still haven’t met him yet) rounding out the cast. And the story, there’s definitely no slouching in that department either, wonderfully complex yet simple at the same time. All said and done, this is, simply, a wonderful, wonderful show. 10/10. I can’t wait for season 2!

This series is currently streaming on Netflix Brazil, and is also on CraveTV. Enjoy!

M.

Mel’s 5 Second Review: Frankenweenie

Frankenweenie
(2012) Charlie Tahan, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, James Hiroyuki Liao, and Conchata Ferrell

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So I finally saw this film. It’s been months now that I hardly watch movies anymore. I used to watch a few a week, now I’m lucky to watch one a month. But I digress… This film is a breath of fresh air coming from Tim Burton. His films have just been so tired lately, all style and no substance, so despite how cute the trailers for this film looked, I was reluctant to watch. But I’m glad I finally did, because it was quite fun. It’s a touching story of a boy and his dog… his undead dog, hehe. There are winks to classic horror films all over the film, from the obvious main plot and character names, to smaller things, like the way the science teacher looks and sounds like Vincent Price. Like the Asian kid making a giant reptile who stomps on cars. Like the poodle with Bride of Frankenstein fur. And etc, and etc. It had a few really sad scenes, and I actually laughed out loud a few times, they got some good gags in there. All in all, a fun little film, I reccomend it if you like weird stuff. And if you don’t, well, I reccomend it anyways. Who knows, you may be surprised! I give it a solid 8/10.

This film is not currently on Netflix, nor did I find it on YouTube. But if you’ve got Video on Demand, it’s playing there. Enjoy! 🙂

M.

Words to Live By (aka, How to Survive a Horror Movie)

Sometimes while watching a horror movie, you just have to roll your eyes at some of the choices that the characters make, or even yell at them and throw popcorn at the screen. So many horror movie deaths could have been avoided if the characters had just followed these simple rules.

 

1- If you come across a restless spirit, you need to put it to rest. Throw salt over its bones and then burn them to make sure it can’t come back.

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2- If you’ve watched a cursed videotape, just make a copy and pass it on to someone else.

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3- If someone offers you “wine” in a bejeweled bottle, don’t drink it.

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4- A scary, abandoned building that’s supposedly haunted with murderous spirits is not a good place for a party or romantic interlude.

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5- The clown in the sewer is NOT your friend.

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6- Don’t. Read. The fucking. Latin.

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7- Making a deal with the devil or a demon will always bite you in the ass. Always. Just say no.

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8- If you find two feral children in the woods, just leave them there.

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9- If your house is constantly trying to kill you, get the fuck out!

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10- Don’t buy dolls. Of any kind. Just don’t do it.

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11- Stop after the fourth “Candyman” (or second “Bloody Mary”). Don’t mess with that shit.

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12- A Ouija board is not a cute, harmless toy to give your kids.

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13- Stay out of the basement.

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14- Don’t play with hypnotism. You never know who, or what, will hitch a ride back.

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15- Playing God is a bad idea.

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16- Testing dangerous, new, untried experiments on yourself is a really bad idea.

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17- And, finally, whatever you do, don’t.. fall.. asleep.

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Follow these rules, and you should live to see another day!! 😀

M.