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Although horror films usually do not enjoy "critical acclaim", they invariably collect large sums of money at the box office. This is not surprising since people have always enjoyed tickling their nerves. No matter how funny a horror movie is, even if it is even a little scary, and also backed up by effective marketing, such a movie will always be successful. In this review, the highest grossing (and often really scary) horror movies in the history of cinema.
1. It (2017)
The adaptation of the Argentine director and screenwriter Andrés Mushietti to the novel of the same name by Stephen King could not fail to be successful. The film was so expected that even with a sharply negative reaction from the audience, it would still have collected a lot of money at the box office. Fortunately, the film was still a success and received an 85 percent rating from the renowned Rotten Tomatoes website. The film appealed to even the most picky King fans and grossed a whopping $ 327,481,748 at the box office.
2 The Sixth Sense (1999)
One of the most iconic horror films of the 1990s, The Sixth Sense showcased a new side of Bruce Willis' talent and earned actor Hailey Joel an Oscar nomination. M. Night Shjalaman's film grossed $ 293,506,292.
3 The Exorcist (1973)
Undoubtedly, this is one of the best horror movies of all time. William Friedkin's The Exorcist is a true classic, the first horror film ever to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. He brought the creators $ 232,906,145.
4 Quiet place (2018)
The collaboration between real-life married couple John Krasinski (who directed and starred in this film) and Emily Blunt (who played the title character) made A Quiet Place one of the most anticipated films of the year. As it turned out, the expectations were not in vain, and the film became one of the best "horror films" in 2018, grossing $ 188,024,361. Now Krasinski is writing the script for the sequel.
5 What lies hidden (2000)
Despite the star-studded pairing of Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer, What Lies Behind was coolly received by critics. However, the haunted house theme never ceases to attract a wide audience, and the film grossed $ 155,464,351.
6 The Blair Witch: "Coursework from the Other World" (1999)
Today it is believed that this film made popular the genre of "found tape" (a film that is presented to the viewer as found video footage of "dead or missing" people). Despite being a low-budget amateur camcorder film, The Blair Witch: The End of the World, it earned the creators $ 140,539,099, becoming one of the most successful independent films ever.
7 The Conjuring (2013)
Considered one of the best horror films of 2010, James Wan's The Conjuring was rated 'R' for being considered too scary. The audience was really very scared, but crowds went to the cinemas, leaving $ 137,400,141 at the box office.
8 Bell (2002)
Directed by Gore Verbinski, The Ring has spawned the cultural phenomenon of emailing “happiness letters”. It tells how a journalist is trying to find out the secret of the video, after watching which, people died if they did not force someone else to watch this video for a week. A sequel was filmed for this film in 2005 and a remake in 2017. The original brought in $ 129,128,133.
9 Curse of the nun (2018)
One of the most anticipated horror films of this year was undoubtedly The Curse of the Nun, the sixth film in the Conjuring series. Despite the fact that the tape was completely "blown to smithereens" by critics and fans alike (on the Rotten Tomatoes website it scored only 26%), the collection was impressive - $ 116,888, 393.
10 Curse (2004)
Director Takashi Shimizu is the same person who wrote and directed the Japanese original of this film, released in 2002 under the title Ju-on: The Curse. The American version of 2004 received very mixed reviews, but true fans of horror "brought into the piggy bank" of the creators 110,359,362 dollars.
11 Paranormal Activity (2009)
No doubt inspired by the Blair Witch project, the pseudo-documentary Paranormal is also a found film. The trailer for the film showed "real shots" of moviegoers who were intimidated when watching the movie in theaters. The first film in this series grossed $ 107,918,810.
12 Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
The third film in the series "Paranormal Activity" is a prequel to the first two parts, which tells about the childhood of the protagonist. The film grossed nearly as much in US theaters as the original - $ 104,028,807.
13 The Conjuring 2 (2016)
The sequel to The Conjuring was nowhere near as popular as the first, but it still attracted audiences who wanted to see the continuation of the story of paranormal researchers Ed and Lorraine Warren. The film grossed $ 102,470,008.
14 The Curse of Annabelle: The Birth of Evil (2017)
This is another movie from the cinematic universe "The Conjuring". "The Curse of Annabelle: The Origin of Evil" is the story of the origin of a doll possessed by the spirit of the deceased girl Annabelle. Although the film did not receive much accolades, it still managed to raise $ 102,092,201.
15 Others (2001)
A mystical horror movie with a convoluted plot and starring Nicole Kidman is a perfect example of how audiences love really scary movies without any special visual effects and with a minimum of "sudden boo from around the corner." At the American box office, the film grossed $ 96,522,687.
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