The horror genre in cinema is still alive and well thanks to its far-fetched plots, crazy ideas and impressive endings. This type of movie has the advantage of being able to create a fabulous plot even if there is little money to invest. Fans of the genre demand good stories, beyond incredible special effects. Throughout the history of cinema there have been avant-garde producers who had the insight to create a great horror story with little money. People like the movie and they all end up making millions of dollars.
Here are the 5 most profitable horror movies in history.
#5.Halloween, 1978, John Carpenter
Halloween ranks as the fifth most profitable horror movie in history. John Carpenter's cinematic gem had a budget of only $300,000 dollars and has grossed over $70 million dollars to date. The story starring serial killer Michael Myers chasing Laurie Strode continues to generate interest. Halloween is one of the most successful sagas in cinema, it has a total of 13 movies and has grossed more than $700 million dollars throughout its history. The movie's plot has been so popular that it has had a strong influence on the genre, ensuring a bright future for this type of film.
#4.Night of the Living Dead, 1968, George Romero
Night of the Living Dead ranks fourth among the most profitable films in the horror genre. The fabulous story created by George Romero had a budget of $114 thousand dollars and grossed over $30 million dollars. Night of the Living Dead was a huge success when it was released in 1968, because in addition to exerting a notable influence on the horror film genre and, especially, the zombie film subgenre, it was a real blockbuster. The story has strong scenes for what they meant at the time. This transgression was well liked by the public and also received positive reviews from the specialized press.
#3.The Gallows, 2015, Travis Cluff & Chris Lofing
The Gallows ranks as the third most profitable horror movie. The incredible story of Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing cost only $100 thousand dollars and grossed over $43 million worldwide.
The Gallows belongs to the found footage subgenre, that is, audiovisual material presented out of its original context. The film tells the story of a group of students from a theater center who decide to pay tribute to the protagonist of a play who died tragically in an accident twenty years ago.
#2.The Blair Witch Project, 1999, Eduardo Sanchez & Daniel Myrick
The Blair Witch Project is the second most profitable horror movie ever made. This story cost only $60,000 dollars and grossed over $250 million worldwide.
Shot as found footage, the film follows the story of three young filmmakers who disappeared while hiking in the Black Hills Forest of Maryland to film a documentary about a local legend known as "The Blair Witch".
The Blair Witch Project is one of the most successful horror films of all time. Taking into account the investment/box office ratio, each dollar invested produced approximately ten thousand dollars, a unique phenomenon in the history of cinema.
#1.Paranormal Activity, 2007, Oren Peli
Paranormal Activity ranks first among the most profitable horror movies in history. The film cost only $15,000 to make and grossed more than $194 million worldwide. The return on investment is impressive and amounts to 1,288,939 percent.
Paranormal Activity tells the story of a young couple tormented by a paranormal entity in their own home caused an unparalleled stir. The plot was liked for being too simple, managing to generate terror through scenes of everyday life that anyone can experience. The movie's viewers identified with the protagonists because many thought that the events told in the story could also happen to them.
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