Ghosts, haunted homes, murders, blood, and screaming all tend to be common themes in scary movies. But which films have used these elements the most successfully?In honour of Halloween, we thought it would be appropriate to round up the highest-grossing horror films of all time.
The major scary movie franchises, such as “Scream,” “Saw,” and “Paranormal Activity,” are all on the list, but which movies in the series were the most popular?
*The following 20 movies are ranked in ascending order according to U.S. gross totals.*
'Saw II' is the most successful film from the 'Saw' franchise, which includes seven movies. It starred Donnie Wahlberg and Beverly Mitchell, with Tobin Bell playing the villain, Jigsaw.
'Scream 3' is part of the four film 'Scream' franchise. The movie stars Neve Campbell, David Arquette, and Courteney Cox. Arquette and Cox were married less than a year before the movie's release.
This late '90s film is a remake of the 1963 film. It starred Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Owen Wilson.
'The Others' starred Nicole Kidman and was released the same year she and Tom Cruise divorced.
'Sleepy Hollow,' directed by Tim Burton, starred Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci. It is the sixth highest-grossing Burton film out of the 16 he has directed.
'Scream 2' was released a year after the original 'Scream' and was directed by Wes Craven, who directed all four films in the franchise.
'Paranormal Activity 3' is the highest grossing of the four film franchise, so far (the fourth film was released late last week). Many of the scenes shown in the trailer were not featured in the actual movie, angering many fans.
This horror film starred Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, and Kirsten Dunst. It was also nominated for two Oscars in the best art direction-set decoration and best music/original score categories.
The first film in the 'Paranormal Activity' franchise grossed $9.1 million in the U.S. during its first week in theatres. It broke the record for the highest-grossing weekend for a film playing in less than 200 theatres.
The first in the three film franchise was inspired by a Japanese film and had the same director as the Japanese original.
This film starred Sigourney Weaver and Joaquin Phoenix. It was nominated for an Oscar in the music category.
This Martin Scorsese directed horror film starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo. It is Scorsese's second highest-grossing film, behind 'The Departed.'
The highest-grossing horror movie of all time stars Bruce Willis and 11-year-old Haley Joel Osment. It was nominated for a staggering six Oscars, including best director and best picture.