Who doesn't love a good scare? Since the dawn of film, audiences have turned out in droves to be frightened, and whether it's thanks to the classic Universal monsters, invulnerable slashers, supernatural creatures, or anything in between, they've always gotten their wish.
All too often, though, horror movies arrive only to disappoint and disappear. It takes a special kind of magic for a horror movie to hit the sweet spot with audiences - and critics, for that matter - and be remembered and cherished forever, let alone spark an entire franchise to itself, but over the years we've been gifted with many that have permanently transcended into pop culture, their imagery, their music, and their characters becoming rightfully iconic.
Even when franchises burn out thanks to an endless cycle of sequels, those initial strengths are what people remember forever, and nowadays few popular horror franchises go long without being rebooted or revived, either with another film or through a new television series.
And now, with the Halloween season upon us, it's the perfect time to check up on some of these very franchises that have stood the test of time and see what, if anything, their future holds...