Movies can be a hit or miss, especially if they are in the ‘horror’ genre. We’ve covered 25 of the highest grossing Halloween movies, but what about the lowest grossing?
Bad horror movies need to be celebrated as well!
Which horror movies were the biggest flop in the theatres? Lets find out!
We’ve compiled list of some of the biggest horror movie failures, according to box office sales tracked by BoxOfficeMojo:
1. Apartment 143
If we’re going by domestic sales alone, then Apartment 143 is a horrible flop… making a mere $383. That’s right, no extra zero’s on the end of that one. The opening weekend for the movie, which was shown in one theatre, made $256. Luckily for this movie, foreign sales were quite good – finishing with $425,876 in the box office in foreign markets.
2. The Vault
What do you get when you combine a horror movie and James Franco? Not much, apparently. Even with 11 theatres taking on the movie, The Vault made a mere $5,728 in box office sales. $4,308 in opening weekend.
3. A Resurrection
Picture this: A murdered boy’s spirit comes back from the grave, seeking revenge by tracking down his killers… one of which happens to be his brother. He needs six souls to “live again”. Add in a high-school psychologist trying to help this brother and you have a blockbuster hit, right?
Nope. This movie cost $5 million to produce and made a mere $10,730 at the box office, after playing in 17 theatres. It received a 4/10 on IMDb. Ouch.
One reviewer commented, “[A Resurrection] is garbage. The acting is horrible, the storyline doesn’t make any sense. There’s not a script. There are just inexplicable events uninteresting. I can’t understand how the actors accepted to film this so called “movie”. I can’t give it more than 1, and that’s because 0 is not an option.”
4. Shut In (also released as “Intruders”)
Clive Owen starred in this horror flick, yet it still managed to be a big flop. Grossing a sad $69,136 across 33 theatres.
In the movie, the main character, Anna, suffers from a severe case of agoraphobia and cannot escape from her house when three intruders break in. They think they will get away easily, until Anna’s other psychosis breaks free. It’s more of a thriller than a horror movie, with a lot of twists, but the concept of a woman stuck in her house while getting robbed didn’t attract the masses.
Critics generally didn’t like the movie, giving it a poor rating (5.7 on IMDb), but there are some horror movie fans that really enjoyed it.
Agoraphobia, in case you didn’t know, is the fear of places and situations that might cause panic, helplessness, or embarrassment.
5. The Awakening
Compared to other modern horror movies, this 2012 flick did poorly in the box office – grossing only $209,696.
Set in post-World War I England in 1921, The Awakening follows a skeptical woman (Rebecca Hall) who travels to a countryside boarding school to investigate rumours of an apparent haunting. Just when she thinks she has debunked the ghost theory, she has a chilling spectral encounter which defies all her rational beliefs.
Reviews were mixed. 6.5/10 on IMDb.
6. Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist
The Exorcist is a classic horror movie, one of the most successful horror flicks of all time. Does it need a prequel? Apparently not.
Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist did horribly at the box office, even though 110 theaters picked it up. Total gross? $251,495. It ended up with a 5.3/10 on IMDb.
7. The Babadook
I end the list with a movie that, while not doing the best in the box office, is actually quite good!
It made $964,413 domestically, which isn’t great seeing how it cost over $2 million to produce. But reception to the movie after it left the theatres was actually quite positive. It has a 6.8/10 rating on IMDb.
I liked the movie: it’s really suspenseful and has an interesting, creepy plot.
Amelia, who lost her husband in a car crash, has a son named Samuel who struggles with constant fear of monsters in their house. They end up finding and reading a strange book in their house about the ‘Babadook’ monster that hides in the dark areas of their house. Even Amelia seems to feel the effect of Babadook and desperately tries in vain to destroy the book. The nightmarish experiences the two encounter form the rest of the story.
If there’s any movie on this list worth giving a try, I recommend this one!