9 low-budget horror movies that doubled their revenue

The horror genre has its ups and downs. MLM like SorceryAnd the ScreamAnd the vampire It ranks among the highest-grossing horror franchises and continues to generate millions through its sequels. There are also horror films that, while disturbing, prove to be financial failures and rarely sustain a sequel. In the end, it’s a numbers game. Here are nine low-budget horror movies that doubled their box office.


Today’s movie

9/9 A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street
New Line Cinema

A profitable franchise in the slasher genre, Wes Craven only invested $1.1 million in this movie. Before A Nightmare on Elm StreetCraven’s only notable box office success was Craven The hill has eyesHe didn’t know that A Nightmare on Elm Street It would gross $57 million at the box office and lead to its second highest-grossing franchise after Scream.

8/9 Carrie (1976)

Sissy Spacek in Carrie.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and United Artists

Stephen King’s bestselling novel provided a great source material for director Brian De Palma’s adaptation, but it was still a gamble for the young director, who was relatively new to the horror genre. however, curry It proved to be a box office hit, grossing $33.8 million from its $1.8 million budget, and paved the way for Brian De Palma’s highest directorial achievement, Mission: Impossible.

7/9 Terrifying 2 (2022)

Horror 2 Revenge 1
disgusting

First Damien Lyon horrifying The installment received a limited theatrical release, with mixed reviews by both audiences and critics. However, Damien Lyon pushed forward with a budget of only $250,000, some of which consisted of online crowdfunding, Lyon produced Terever 2. Despite the temporary delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Terrifying 2 It was released in the fall of 2022 and exceeded all expectations by making $11.5 million at the box office. unlike its predecessor, Terever 2 It was highly praised for its superior plot, character development from its characters, and charismatic lead, Sienna Shaw, portrayed by Lauren Lavera.

6/9 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974
Bryanston Distribution Company

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre It’s known for being one of the most popular slasher franchises of all time, but the movie that propelled its success had several roadblocks on its way to production and distribution. Director Tobe Hooper was relatively unknown before The Texas Chain Saw Massacrewith the standalone movie only Eggshell to his name in the mainstream media; The production was long and draining for cast and crew alike, with Tobe Hopper shooting many hours to finish filming as soon as possible. Finally, the film’s subject matter made it difficult to secure its distributor until Bryanston Distribution finally picked it up. Fortunately, the production team’s hard efforts paid off Chain Saw The Texas Chainsaw Massacre(e) it grossed $30.9 million domestically on a budget of approximately $140,000; Unquestionable commercial success.

5/9 Psyche (1960)

Norman Bates in Psych
Paramount Pictures

sociological patient It is synonymous with director Alfred Hitchcock and is arguably the director’s most popular film. While Hitchcock was already a well-known director, sociological patient It was his first horror production, and with it came some subversion of the usual Hollywood movie industry. Audiences were surprised when Marion Crane’s character was killed off midway through the film, when she was introduced as the hero, only to introduce her sister, Leela, as the de facto leader with a series of new characters. In addition, the film was released amid the decline of Hays Law. It received controversy for its suggestive material, such as the scene of Marion Crane’s shared bed with her lover, and the film’s famous shower murder scene. On a budget of nearly $800,000, the film proved to be one of Hitchcock’s greatest investments, grossing $50 million at the box office and often considered revolutionary in filmmaking.

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4/9 Saw (2004)

saw 4
Lionsgate

opinion Sub horror raved escape room. James Wan’s first time directing a feature film, the pre-production process involved shooting a short 16mm film to show the famous jaw-dropping trap scene in his script to the producers. The final product impressed the producers and led to their financing saw $1.2 million budget. With box office revenues of $103.9 million and a franchise of over $1 billion, opinion It remains one of the most successful horror concepts in Hollywood.

3/9 Paranormal activity

in the footsteps The Blair Witch ProjectAnd the Paranormal activity He uses the found footage subgenre to tell his story. Set in San Diego, Katie and Micah move into their new home and soon become victims of paranormal events. In their investigation to discover what is tormenting them, they set up a camera to record the supernatural events that occur within their home. Paranormal activity It brought in $193.4 million in revenue, nearly ten times its $230,000 budget and led to an $890 million franchise.

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2/9 Halloween (1978)

Halloween 1978 (2)
Compass International Pictures

Groundbreaking by John Carpenter Halloween I started with a budget of about $325,000. It relied on a simple concept, cast a handful of actors, and executed stellar direction that combined to generate $70 million at the box office, along with becoming one of the most popular horror franchises of all time.

1/9 The Blair Witch Project (1999)

The Blair Witch Project
Artisan Entertainment

The Blair Witch Project The found footage genre popularized where other films before it had failed to do so. Much of its success is due to its marketing strategy; It was advertised in TV spots and trailers as found footage of three missing film students. Additionally, the actors themselves went into isolation for weeks prior to the film’s release, adding to its overall credibility. Careful planning from the filmmakers paid off The Blair Witch Project Totaling $248.6 million at the box office from a budget of $500,000. to this day, The Blair Witch Project It remains the highest-grossing film in the found footage subgenre.

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