10 Horror Film Franchises Worse Than Paranormal Activity

10. Prom Night

Prom Night (1980) was a Halloween-influenced slasher that featured the Queen of Scream herself, Jamie Lee Curtis, in the lead, but a supporting role for a pre-Airplane Leslie Nielsen did not bode well for a franchise. It was 7 years before we saw Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II, an in-name-only sequel that junked the slasher aspect in favour of ripping off A Nightmare On Elm Street. Prom Night III: The Last Kiss, followed in 1990, this time playing up the comedy aspect in an attempt to cash in on Freddy Krueger€™s status as horror€™s #1 punster. It didn€™t work, so Prom Night 4: Deliver Us From Evil (1992) was another unrelated sequel that attempted to get back to basics by ripping off Halloween. The franchise came full circle in 2008 with a reboot of the original movie that pretty much junked the original storyline in favour of a plot concerning a creepy teacher who escapes from the loony bin and stalks one of his students. Sort of like Halloween, only without suspense, scares or any characters you can root for. Worst Offender: Prom Night IV: Deliver Us From Evil (1992), for giving us another movie about a heavy breathing psycho with a subjective camera.

Ian Watson is the author of 'Midnight Movie Madness', a 600+ page guide to "bad" movies from 'Reefer Madness' to 'Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead.'