'Paranormal Activity' – "Paranormal Activity 3," the latest installment in the 4-year-old horror franchise, hits theaters on Friday. But "Paranormal Activity" will have to release a few more films to catch up with long-running titles like "Halloween" and "Friday the 13th." Here are some of the most popular horror franchises to date:
'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' – "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" first introduced the public to Leatherface in 1974. Since then, he's been a staple at countless Halloween parties. (Hint: He's the guy holding the chainsaw.)
'Halloween' – The "Halloween" franchise is made up of 10 slasher films, all of which take place during -- surprise! -- Halloween.
'Friday the 13th' – With 12 films under the "Friday the 13th" umbrella, horror fans have become well acquainted with Jason Voorhees and his iconic hockey mask.
'Child's Play' – Not to be confused with American Girl Dolls and Cabbage Patch Kids, Chucky -- the star of the "Child's Play" franchise -- has tormented children (and adults) since 1988. After the first three films, the franchise adopted the comedy horror genre.
'Final Destination' – Few horror films have tackled fate like the "Final Destination" films. The fifth installment, released in August, earned a 61% on Rotten Tomatoes.
'The Grudge' – "The Grudge," a remake of a Japanese horror series, first introduced viewers to its famous supernatural curse in 2004.
'Saw' – The "Saw" films were released on the Friday before Halloween each year until 2010, when "Saw 3D" -- the final installment -- hit theaters.
'The Ring' – "The Ring" and "The Ring Two" follow a mysterious videotape that seems to cause the death of whoever watches it.