Although horror movies aren’t always met with the highest of critical regard, year after year, the big blockbuster scares come through and make serious money. If you’re looking for some Halloween flick movie recommendations, here are the top 10 grossing horror movies of all time, sure to be a hit at your Halloween get-together.
- It (2017)
Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s It was so highly anticipated, it could’ve bombed with viewers and still would’ve been a big money maker, but the film ended up being a hit across the board, earning an 85% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Even die-hard King fans were impressed! The film earned a whopping $327,481,748.
- The Sixth Sense (1999)
One of the most iconic horror films of the 1990s, The Sixth Sense showcased a fresh take on Bruce Willis’s talent and shot child actor Haley Joel Osment—who earned an Oscar nomination for the role—to the top of Hollywood’s A-List. The film is best known for its classic “I see dead people” line. It earned a hefty $293,506,292.
- The Exorcist (1973)
Arguably one of the most jaw dropping horror movies of all time, The Exorcist is a true classic. It went on to become the first horror movie to ever be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, and earned $232,906,145.
- A Quiet Place (2018)
The collaboration between real-life married couple John Krasinski as director/star and Emily Blunt as his co-star made A Quiet Place one of the year’s most anticipated films. It ended up being one of the best horror films of the year for many critics and viewers, making $188,024,361.
- What Lies Beneath (2000)
What Lies Beneath was not exactly met with critical acclaim. However, the creepiness of a haunted house never fails to bring in big audiences, and the film earned a substantial $155,464,351.
- The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Regarded as the movie that made the “found footage” approach so popular today, The Blair Witch Project was indeed a hit, and made a buzz by listing the cast as “missing” or “deceased” during promotion. It earned $140,539,099, making it one of the most successful independent films ever.
- The Conjuring (2013)
Considered one of the best horror movies of the 2010s, The Conjuring started a major franchise, generating popularity since first film was rated R simply for being too scary. The Conjuring was an automatic success, reaching $137,400,141 in earnings.
- The Ring (2002)
The Ring kicked off a cultural phenomenon of passing on chain mail or else. You can easily get chills watching someone figure out the mystery of a videotape which seemingly killed people if they weren’t careful. The movie made $129,128,133.
- The Nun (2018)
One of the most highly-anticipated horror movies of 2018 was The Nun, the sixth film in The Conjuring Universe. Although the movie didn’t do too well with critics or fans, it’s made an impressive $116,888,393 so far.
- The Grudge (2004)
The Grudge received mixed reviews. But it was a hit with horror fans simply for the creepiness of it. The film earned $110,359,362.