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5 Horror Franchises that Should Have Never Been Franchises



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It’s easy to forget middling genre franchises with all the amazing horror series in existence. We all love our A Nightmare on Elm Streets, Friday the 13ths, and Halloweens; and our attention is often so wrapped up in franchises like that that we tend to forget some quality collections.

This article, however, isn’t about the quality collections we’ve missed… it’s about the stinkers of the genre that virtually no one would miss if they didn’t exist.

Yet, they do exist. And in some cases they’ve existed a very long time and produced a staggering amount of sequels. Sadly, these five picks just aren’t the franchises we want to saturate our brains with.

Where’s Will Smith and that memory wiper when you need him?

Children of the Corn
Beyond the inaugural Stephen King adaptation, these films took a sharp turn for the worst. To date nine sequels/reboots have been made (with another on the way), and having only seen six of them, I’m still confident that not a single sequel impressed or won over new fans.

Take a look at the Rotten Tomatoes scores for each installment post franchise opener:

Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice: 22%;
Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest: 22% (audience score, no RT rating available)
Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering: 26% (audience score, no RT rating available)
Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror: 0%
Children of the Corn 666: Isaac’s Return: 0%
Children of the Corn: Revelation: 23% (audience score, no RT rating available)
Children of the Corn: (No rating available)
Children of the Corn: Genesis: 10% (audience score, no RT rating available)

Children of the Corn

To date nine Hellraiser films have been made with another installment heading our way soon. While the first two pictures in the franchise are bloody impressive and work surprisingly well together, the franchise quickly took an enormous plummet. No longer was story a necessity; the future installments rely on Cenobite revulsion, and that’s about it. That’s not a fact that slipped by viewers.

Here’s a look at the franchise’s scores according to Rotten Tomatoes, first film omitted, obviously:

Hellbound: Hellraiser II: 48%
Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth: 23%
Hellraiser: Bloodline: 31%
Hellraiser: Inferno: 35% (audience score, no RT rating available)
Hellraiser: Hellseeker: 34% (audience score, no RT rating available)
Hellraiser: Deader: (no score available)
Hellraiser: Hellworld: 20%
Hellraiser: Revelations: 6% (audience score, no RT rating available)

Hellraiser Revelations

The Amityville Horror
For a film as terrifying as The Amityville Horror, you’d think a few filmmakers would manage to pump out at least a small handful of kick-ass follow-ups. Alas, it was not to be so. Not that that is a surprise; when the remake draws more attention than the staggering amount of sequels this franchise produced, something went very wrong.

Amazingly, this franchise has 16 films on the market with another two headed our way soon. Yeah, we know – that’s hard to wrap your head around.

Here’s a look at the Rotten Tomato scores of the second flick through the 16th.

Amityville II: The Possession: 7%
Amityville 3-D: (no score available)
Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes: (no score available)
The Amityville Curse: 20%
Amityville 1992: It’s About Time: 14%
Amityville: A New Generation: 30% (audience score, no RT rating available)
Amityville Dollhouse: 26% (audience score, no RT rating available)
The Amityville Horror (Remake): 24%
The Amityville Haunting: 10% (audience score, no RT rating available)
The Amityville Asylum: 2% (audience score, no RT rating available)
Amityville Death House: 0%
The Amityville Playhouse: 25% (audience score, no RT rating available)
Amityville: Vanishing Point: 0%
The Amityville Legacy: 0%
The Amityville Terror: 10% (audience score, no RT rating available)
Amityville: No Escape: 0%

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That crazy bastard Leprechaun has been slaughtering those in possession of gold for what feels like eternity. In truth, the series has produced seven films, with one serving as something of a prequel… not that it matters; beyond the first film (which itself was a bit sketchy) the Leprechaun flicks have been abysmal at absolute best.

Here’s a look at the entire lineup of sequels.

Leprechaun 2: 0%
Leprechaun 3: 0%
Leprechaun 4: In Space: 0%
Leprechaun in the Hood: 33%
Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood: 25%
Leprechaun: Origins: 10% (audience score, no RT rating available)

Leprechaun in the Hood

Prom Night
Prom Night was one of those silly little ‘80s slashers that accomplished all it could accomplish within the provided framework. It’s a fun but predictable film, and it features the lovely Jamie Lee Curtis, which is always a definite plus. What is not a definite plus is releasing a handful of pointless sequels that did little to empower the first film and little to impress viewers.

Take a peek at the Rotten Tomatoes reception of the three sequels and the dreadful reboot.

Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II: 30%
Prom Night III: The Last Kiss: 16% (audience score, no RT rating available)
Prom Night IV: Deliver Us from Evil: 0%
Prom Night Remake: 8%

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Ellen Page and The Cured Come Home to VOD



We’ve been talking about the new zombie flick starring Ellen Page entitled The Cured for quite some time now, and we’ll soon be able to sink our teeth into it courtesy of IFC Films.

The flick stars Page (Juno, Hard Candy), Sam Keeley (Anthropoid, In the Heart of the Sea), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Avengers: Infinity War, The Infiltrator), and Paula Malcomson (The Hunger Games trilogy, “Ray Donovan”) and is directed and written by David Freyne in his first feature film. Look for it in theaters and On Demand on February 23, 2018​.

What happens when the undead return to life? In a world ravaged for years by a virus that turns the infected into zombie-like cannibals, a cure is at last found and the wrenching process of reintegrating the survivors back into society begins. Among the formerly afflicted is Senan (Sam Keeley), a young man haunted by the horrific acts he committed while infected. Welcomed back into the family of his widowed sister-in-law (Ellen Page), Senan attempts to restart his life—but is society ready to forgive him and those like him? Or will fear and prejudice once again tear the world apart? 

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#Brainwaves Episode 74 Guest Announcement: Creature Designer Mike Hill – The Shape of Water and More!



We’re getting monstrous on Episode 74 of Brainwaves Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio as joining us will be award-winning artist, filmmaker, and creature designer Mike Hill, whose work you can see right now in a little film called The Shape of Water.

Join us this coming Wednesday, January 24th, at 8:00PM PT/11:00PM ET for all the shenanigans fit to be had!

It’s radio without a safety net, kids. It’s Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio.


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Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio is available to subscribe to on iTunes and Stitcher.

Spooky, funny, touching, honest, offensive, and at times completely random, Brainwaves airs live every Wednesday evening beginning at 8:00 PM Pacific Time (11:00 midnight Eastern Time) and runs about 3 hours per episode.

Knetter and Creepy will be taking your calls LIVE and unscreened via Skype, so let your freak flags fly! Feel free to add BrainWavesTalk to your Skype account so you can reach us, or call in from a landline or cellphone – 858 480 7789. The duo also take questions via Twitter; you can reach us at @BrainwavesRadio or @UncleCreepy, @JoeKnetter, or @MrDarkDC using the hashtag #BrainWaves. You can also check us out on our Brainwaves Discord channel!

Have a ghost story or a paranormal story but can’t call in? Feel free to email it to me directly at UncleCreepy@dreadcentral.com with “Brainwaves Story” in your subject line. You can now become a fan of the show via the official… BRAINWAVES FACEBOOK PAGE!

Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio is hosted live (with shows to be archived as they progress) right here on Dread Central. You can tune in and listen via the FREE TuneIn Radio app or listen to TuneIn right through the website!

For more information and to listen live independent of TuneIn, visit the Deep Talk Radio Network website, “like” Deep Talk Radio on Facebook, and follow Deep Talk Radio on Twitter. And don’t forget to subscribe to Brainwaves on iTunes.

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The Saw Chapter Comes to Dead By Daylight January 23!



Time to play a game of Dead by Daylight! We told you last week that none other than Jigsaw would be coming to the hit PC and console game, and today we have a brand new trailer for you detailing what to expect when the hardest working corpse in cinema history gets digitized for an all-new adventure.

Let’s Play a Game… The Pig is here to create a whole new version of hell for all Survivors. Mentored by Jigsaw, she comes carrying Reverse Bear Traps into the Realm of the Entity. So if you’re gonna play, you have to accept that the stakes are high. The SAW Chapter comes with a New Killer (The Pig), a new Survivor (David Tapp), and a new Map (Gideon Meat Plant).

Jigsaw joins the previously released original killers alongside Freddy Krueger 2010, Michael Myers, and Leatherface.

For more info:
WEBSITE: www.deadbydaylight.com/
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/deadbybhvr
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/DeadByDaylight/
STEAM: http://store.steampowered.com/app/700280

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