Horror movies. They’re a staple of the culture of Halloween time, and almost all fans of Halloween are fans of the horror movie genre. One of the oldest genres of film, horror has grown slowly and greatly over a long period, developing subgenres and cult followings along the way. It’s also produced some of the most memorable movies in the history of film, and certainly some of the most memorable characters.
To celebrate the horror genre and its fans, Costume SuperCenter put together this infographic of five of the most interesting facts about the genre. There are some facts you may know, and some you may not, so before you put on your scary costume for Halloween make sure to let us know your favorite fact, especially if it’s not on the list! Happy haunting.
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- $2.03 billion: The amount grossed by “Jaws” all-time. When adjusted for inflation, “Jaws” is the ninth highest grossing film of all-time. It is the only horror/thriller film in the top ten.
- 17,581 x: The 2009 release, “Paranormal Activity,” made 17,581 times its budget of $11,000. The total box office draw was $193.4 million, making it one of the most successful horror films ever. It is the cheapest horror film to have been in theaters.
- $222 million: The budget for the film “Van Helsing,” considered the most expensive movie to fall into the horror movie genre. The next highest are World War Z ($201 million) and I Am Legend ($180 million).
- 1: The number of horror films that have won the Oscar for Best Picture. “The Silence of the Lambs” won in 1991, and remains the only horror film to win the award to this day.
- 1896: The first horror movie ever made, “Le Manoir du Diable” was filmed in 1896, and directed by Georges Melies, a pioneer of the film industry. Although only 3 minutes long, it features numerous motifs of the horror genre: bats, devils, witches, ghosts, and trolls.