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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) The Golem: How He Came into the World (1920) 1920 released German expressionistic horror films that seem to have a plot about an old man and his killer "monster" that wreaks havoc.   While both are held in high regard by film/horror enthusiasts, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is the more well known and influential of the two. Though both have the distinction of having a 100% Fresh rating with critics on Rotten Tomatoes. However, whilst both have highly positive ratings from audiences, Caligari wins out on that front by a good margin.
Frankensein (1931) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) Both films are horror films released in 1931 based on literary classics. They are both adaptations of stories with themes concerning the dangers of man playing God with science, leading to experiments that create disastrous results. That was a big year for Universal Studios in general and charted the course for their horror legacy to come with not only the release of James Whale's Frankenstein but also Tod Browning's Dracula starring Bela Lugosi. Both are held in high-esteem by film buffs generally speaking, but Frankenstein and Universal's films at large still remain more popular and well known with general audiences.
Horror of Dracula (1958) Blood of the Vampire (1958) Full-color British Gothic Horror vampire films with a daring amount of blood and gore for their time, both written by Jimmy Sangster. Horror was Hammer's second horror film, following The Curse of Frankenstein. Blood was made as a response to both films (re-interpreting vampire lore into more of a Frankenstein-esque mad science) and intended to ride Hammer's success; it was the first of many Hammer knockoffs to hit the market. Horror, hands down. It was a colossal box office success, got rave reviews, cemented Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee as major horror stars, and is still largely considered one of the best horror films ever made. Blood made decent money, but is now almost completely forgotten.
Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile (1974) The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Two movies from the year 1974 with overselling titles that were inspired by the crimes of Ed Gein, who murdered two women and exhumed several graves in the 1940s and 50s. Deranged is a loose telling of the Gein case, replacing him with a fictional counterpart that commits similar crimes. TTCM took the facts about Gein's grave robbing and making masks and suits from human skin and ran with it, adding cannibalism into the mix. Although Deranged retains a cult following, TTCM ultimately won by a long mile, being hailed as a horror classic with a lasting impact on horror pop culture.
Eraserhead (1977) 3 Women (1977) Surreal melodramas inspired by psychoanalysis and dream interpretation.   3 Women won the battle, Eraserhead won the war. It's unknown which made more money, but both were almost universally praised by critics at the time (3 Women slightly moreso). However, Eraserhead remains more popular today as the debut feature film of David Lynch.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series (1974)

Halloween series (1978)
Friday the 13th series (1980)

A Nightmare on Elm Street series (1984)
Slasher Movie series. The earlier Friday, Halloween, and Texas Chainsaw movies are more straightforward slashers, only becoming explicitly supernatural with later installments. Nightmare, on the other hand, featured a supernatural killer from the start. Also, while Texas Chainsaw and Halloween came first, helping to pioneer the genre in the '70s, they were only turned into franchises to capitalize on the success of Friday and Nightmare — before that, Halloween had only two sequels (one of which was In Name Only), and Texas Chainsaw had none. The rivalry between these four franchises, and more importantly their headlining killers, may just be the horror equivalent of Star Trek vs. Star Wars in terms of Ultimate Showdowns of Ultimate Destiny. Quality-wise, while the first film in each franchise is revered as a classic, and each has some good sequels, the Halloween and especially Texas Chainsaw series are both often seen as cases where the original film stands head-and-shoulders above the rest of the series in terms of quality, while some of the Friday and Nightmare sequels are seen as rivals to their original films. Nevertheless, there came a point where each franchise jumped the sharkFriday when it sent Jason to New York (for only a third of the movie) and then turned him into a body surfing demon, Halloween with the Curse of Thorn storyline and the sight of Michael getting humiliated by Busta Rhymes, Nightmare when it turned Freddy into a comedian with a Power Glove, and Texas Chainsaw when it connected Leatherface's family to the Illuminati.

Commercially, while Friday had the most sequels before it was remade, the series stands about neck-and-neck with the Nightmare series in terms of box office, with the Halloween films collectively in third and the Texas Chainsaw series in a distant fourth. All four films have been remade; the Halloween remake received a sequel, and the Texas Chainsaw remake a prequel, while neither the Friday nor Nightmare remakes were stand-alone, but both those respective follow-ups disappointed at the box office. As for the question of "who would win in a fight", that will likely never be settled, even after Freddy vs. Jason.

However, this box office calculus changed with the release of Halloween2018, whose nearly record-setting October opening weekend (second best for a horror film ever) catapulted the series ahead of both Nightmare and Friday. In addition, widespread critical acclaim for the movie makes Halloween the only franchise of the four to have two certified fresh movies on Rotten Tomatoes. One can only hope that the film's monster success will reignite the slasher wars.
Piranha (1978) Barracuda (1978) Aggressive schools of fish born from a government project kill people. Both films were released in 1978 with few months between them. Former film is a tongue-in-cheek offering, while the latter is more straight-forward. Piranha became a cult favorite among the movies that were inspired by Jaws, even spawning a sequel and two remakes, while the other movie was just forgotten.
Dracula (1979) Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) Dracula adaptations that draw upon previous adaptations — Universal's Dracula is based on the same play as their famous 1931 version, and Werner Herzog's Nosferatu is based on the F.W. Murnau version from 1922. Both feature A-list casts and lavish production values. The former was intended as a Summer Blockbuster, while the latter played the arthouse circuit that fall. American International Pictures got in on the vampire hype when they brought out Love at First Bite, a comedy about the Count finding love in The '70s, three months prior to the former's release. It was a surprise hit and subsequently blamed for the fact that... Dracula only did okay at the box office. Reviews were mixed and though it predates other films and books that romanticize the lead character, it is largely forgotten today. By comparison, Nosferatu got great reviews and appears on Roger Ebert's Great Movies List alongside the film it remade.
The Prowler (a.k.a. Rosemary's Killer) (1981) My Bloody Valentine (1981) 1981 Slasher Movies which feature a town that is willing to restart a celebration (Valentine's Day in MBV, graduation in The Prowler) openly again after murders were committed on that day several decades ago. The original perpetrator seemingly returns to bloodily remind them why this is a bad idea. The killer in both is clad in an all-concealing outfit (WWII combat gear in the former, miner's outfit in the latter) and is primarily armed with a common tool (pitchfork in the former, pickaxe in the latter). My Bloody Valentine. Both films received an average reception, but it made its relatively budget small budget back over fifteen times at the box-office.
Bloody Birthday (1981) Happy Birthday to Me (1981) 1981 slasher movies revolving around birthdays. Though their initial releases were only a month apart, Bloody Birthday was not widely available in the US until 1986. Happy Birthday to Me was a box-office success, while Bloody Birthday received only a limited release until its VHS release years later. Both films were poorly-reviewed by critics, but Happy Birthday to Me has a larger cult following and a higher IMDb score.
Paranormal Activity The Fourth Kind (very loosely)-Based on a True Story films that use videotaped sequences to enhance the realism. Paranormal is a Faux Documentary about demonic spirits, while Fourth is a more conventional film about alien abductions. In terms of the cost-to-earnings ratio, Paranormal is the clear winner, being a $15,000 YouTube series that earned hundreds of millions (and sequels!).
An American Werewolf in London (1981) The Howling (1981) Two 1981 horror/comedy movies about werewolves. They were the first of their kind to show an "actual" transformation scene of men turning into wolves. The Howling came first by a couple of months and has six sequels, all crappy stuff; AAWIL only has one, An American Werewolf in Paris, which was mediocre at best. American Werewolf is the better remembered of the two, although both are cult classics.
The Lost Boys (1987) Near Dark (1987) 1987 released horror films that are about a young man who finds himself sucked into the world of a gang of vampires.   The Lost Boys trounced Near Dark at the box office. Whilst both have received generally positive reviews from critics, Near Dark actually won on that front. However, in terms of the general audience The Lost Boys won easily, tipping the scales in its favor in this match.
Child's Play (1988) Leprechaun (1993) Slasher franchises about very short killers with sarcastic streaks. In Child's Play, the killer is a Good Guy doll possessed by the spirit of a Serial Killer named Charles Lee "Chucky" Ray (voiced by Brad Dourif), while in Leprechaun, the killer is, well, a leprechaun (played by Warwick Davis) who wants his gold back. While neither series takes itself all that seriously, the Child's Play films do have a genuine fandom, while even the better Leprechaun films are seen as So Bad, It's Good.
The Horror Show (1989) Shocker (1989) Both movies center around serial killers who meet their demise in the electric chair. The killer in question has made supernatural precautions and returns from death to torment those who captured him. Both films were released 1989 with a six month gap between them. The Horror Show also became a Dolled-Up Installment in the House series, initially being released as House III: The Horror Show. There's no plot connection, though. Neither faired well in the box office, but Shocker at least made its money back.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Cape Fear (1991) 1991 released psychological thrillers/horror films. Both featuring a deranged criminal on the loose who needs to be stopped, but also a criminal (the same one in the latter) has a fixation on the lead hero (both of whom have something they feel the need to hide) and their life that leads to some disturbing interaction. The original sources for the characters/stories of both films come from books: The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris and The Executioners by John D. MacDonald. It is also notable that these were the second films to bring some of these characters to life on screen, most notably the villains that are most well remembered from them. Brian Cox having played Hannibal Lecter (in the film spelled Lecktor) in the 1986 film Manhunter based on the novel Red Dragon, whilst Robert Mitchum played Max Cady in the 1962 film version of Cape Fear. Whilst Cape Fear was by no means a failure, Silence of the Lambs quite definitively takes the cake for this one. It not only grossed almost 100 million more at the box office, or also has received higher ratings from critics and audiences, but Silence also wound up winning Best Picture at the Academy Awards that year. Not to mention Anthony Hopkins beat out Robert De Niro for Best Actor at the ceremony as well. Both having been nominated for their roles as psychotic criminals in their respective films.
Prom Night IV: Deliver Us From Evil (1992) Happy Hell Night (1992) 1992 Slasher Movies which feature a demonically possessed priest who, after awakening from a decades long catatonia, kill people. Both movies feature a scene where a statue of Jesus Christ moves on its own. Deliver Us from Evil is the third and last sequel to Prom Night (1980). Happy Hell Night is a stand-alone film. Draw. Neither movie was very successful on its release, but became cult films later.
Mikey (1992) The Good Son (1993) Early 90s horror films about a blonde Enfant Terrible who goes around killing people portrayed by a then-famous child actor who was Playing Against Type and were even banned in the UK (though the latter's was eventually lifted). The big difference between the two evil child characters of both films is that Mikey is an Evil Orphan who kills one family and gets adopted by another thus repeating the cycle whereas Henry already did plenty of troublesome stuff even before he met his cousin Mark (to put it mildly). While neither movie was particularly successful, The Good Son ended having a lasting impact on audiences thanks to having Macaulay Culkin as Henry. By contrast, Mikey had a limited release in theatres and faded into obscurity; only being known because its one of the few modern films banned by the BBFC, where it was supposed to release around the time of the James Bulger murder.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) John Carpenter's Vampires (1998) Both are dark stories that take place in a world where vampires exist but their existence is not known by the general public. Both feature a "slayer" or a character that is specifically trained by a shady organization to hunt down and kill vampires. Both slayers also manage to put together a team to help them in killing vampires. The movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer came out six years before Vampires (though the latter was released a year after the premiere of the TV series based off of the former). Due to Executive Meddling the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie ended up being much campier than the horror comedy that Joss Whedon originally intended. The show is fairly dark, but somewhat idealistic. Vampires is a lot grittier. Buffy takes place in an urban environment, with both the show and series involving the title character protecting a town, while Vampires mostly took place in a rural desert environment. The "slayers" were also two very different characters in each; Buffy Summers was a Valley Girl who was chosen through supernatural means by a secret society, while Jack Crowe was trained from birth by the Vatican and is the perfect example of a Politically Incorrect Hero. Buffy tended to rely on more supernatural means, while Jack Crowe manages to awesomely use conventional weaponry (though both primarily use stakes). Vampires also did not have as strong a female presence. Vampires did okay at the box office, but both were ultimately overshadowed by the TV series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Scream series (1996) I Know What You Did Last Summer series (1997) Late '90s slasher movie series created by Kevin Williamson that were rooted in post-modern, genre savvy takes on the horror genre. IKWYDLSnote  was adapted from a novel by Lois Duncan, while Scream had the star power of Wes Craven (the maker of A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)) behind it. Scream had a far greater and longer-lasting impact that is still felt in the horror genre, and made a ton more money to boot and had three sequels. IKWYDLS, while also successful, is often seen as a copycat, only got two sequels (one of which went Direct to Video), and is today remembered mainly for Jennifer Love Hewitt's tight tank top and for Sarah Michelle Gellar.
The Last Broadcast (1998) The Blair Witch Project (1999) The basic plot of both of these movies, released within a year of each other, is identical: a documentary film crew ventures into the woods of a rural community, hoping to uncover secrets of the local legend (TBWP has the fictional witch Elly Kedward, Broadcast uses the actual myth of the Jersey Devil), only to meet a horrific fate. Some time after, the footage is recovered and presented to the viewer to try and make sense of what happened. Some have accused the makers of The Blair Witch Project of ripping off the earlier Last Broadcast, but TBWP actually started production several months before Broadcast was released, and was conceived several years before that. Neither film is really the first in the "found footage" genre; 1981's Cannibal Holocaust can make a fair claim to that. This one's not even close; The Last Broadcast earned less than $13,000 in its theatrical run before going to home video. The Blair Witch Project was screened at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival before being released in theaters that summer to positive reviews. It earned $250 million worldwide - on a budget of about $60,000 (if you don't count the promotion campaign, which was still only a few million dollars more) - and would go on to spawn a franchise of two sequels and numerous book & video game tie-ins, and is the Trope Codifier for a wave of imitators.
The Haunting (1999) House on Haunted Hill (1999) Remakes of classic Haunted House movies, both released within a few months of each other in 1999. Both films were backed by big-name directors Steven Spielberg for The Haunting and Robert Zemeckis for House on Haunted Hill. The two films made about the same level of profit compared to their respective budgets. However, The Haunting was expected to be a summer blockbuster, but only ended up moderately profitable and was critically reviled. House on Haunted Hill did what was expected of it in terms of box office and critical reaction, and got an eventual (if belated) sequel, so on the whole it wins out.
The Sixth Sense (1999, Shyamalan) The Others (2001) (2001, Amenábar) Two thriller/horror movies with the same Twist Ending. Though The Sixth Sense was released two years before The Others, Amenábar wrote his script much before The Sixth Sense was released and the pre-production started before the Shyamalan film showed in theatres. The Sixth Sense easily wins in terms of fame and box office turnover, launching Shyamalan's career and putting The Others in its shadow solely because they share a twist ending (and little else). Both movies were equally well received by critics and audience.
Scary Movie (2000) Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th (2000) Parodies of horror films in general, and late '90s slashers (such as Scream) in particular. Shriek wound up going Direct to Video after the makers of Scary Movie threatened to sue. While Shriek has a small cult following, Scary Movie is the clear-cut winner, having made several times more money and spawning four sequels of varying quality.
They (2002) Darkness Falls (2002) Horror films released two months apart about people being stalked by monsters they had encountered as children, which lurk in the darkness and are Weakened by the Light. The origin of the monsters in They is left unknown, though they're heavily identified with the boogeyman. The monster in Darkness Falls, meanwhile, is a Grimmified take on the tooth fairy. They was also produced by Wes Craven; he had little creative input, but the marketing heavily emphasized his involvement. In terms of critical reception, They wins by a hair, with a Tomatometer of 38% vs. Darkness Falls' 9%; both films notably underwent heavy Executive Meddling that likely explains their poor reception. Darkness Falls, however, won the box-office battle by making over four times its budget back, while They was a Box Office Bomb that couldn't even recover its $17 million budget.
House of 1000 Corpses (2003) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) 2003 released horror films about a group of young adults who whilst venturing across rural Texas find themselves in the clutches of a family of murderers. The director of House of 1000 Corpses Rob Zombie has stated that his film was made in homage to 70's horror including the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Whilst it's competitor is a slick update of that original film. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre wins in all departments. It was a box office hit and whilst still getting mixed-to-negative notices from film critics still surpassed Corpses in that area. Audiences were easier on both of them to some degree, though ratings are higher for TCM there as well.
The Descent (2005) The Cave (2005)

The Cavern (2005)
Horror movies with similar titles, made in the same year, and all three about a group of cavers who go spelunking, meet something unpleasant, and die.   When it was released in America one year afterward, The Descent ended up becoming known as "Like The Cave, but it doesn't suck." The Cavern is much more obscure than the other two, but definitely the worst of the lot, with truly horrendous cinematography (to the point where people have called it physically unwatchable) and an infuriating No Ending. Also on the financial side, The Descent is the only one of these three films with the distinction of getting a sequel.
The Ring Two (2005) Dark Water (2005) Water-centric supernatural horror films inspired by Japanese Hideo Nakata films based on Koji Suzuki stories. Many observers noted the plot of The Ring Two is much closer to Dark Water than to any of the Japanese Ring sequels. The Ring Two made much more money, but Dark Water was better-reviewed.
The Dark (2005) Silent Hill (2006) Supernatural horror about a mother searching for her daughter and comes across the identical ghost of a little girl who wants to take her daughter's place. Mother has to search a mysterious "Otherworld" to find her daughter, aided by her husband, who is played by Sean Bean in both. Both films feature religious cults, an Otherworld, missing daughters and a Mama Bear as the main protagonist. In the video game Silent Hill, it's a Papa Wolf, but the director thought it the female spin was more believable. Despite being a video-game adaptation, Silent Hill found some success with franchise fans, newcomers and even a few critics, and received a sequel. Of course, they didn't have to do all that well to beat The Dark, which basically no one noticed. (Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, for what it's worth, has a 6% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.)
Hannibal Rising (2007) Halloween (2007) 2007 installments to iconic horror franchises that seek to provide an origin story for their central villain-protagonist. The big difference in approach between these two films is that Rising is set within the same continuity as the previous Hannibal Lecter films that starred Anthony Hopkins, whilst Rob Zombie's Halloween is instead a straight-up reboot of its franchise with his own revamped Michael Myers. Hannibal Rising made marginally more money at the box office, around 2 million dollars, but also had more than three times the budget of Halloween to begin with which does technically make it the more profitable film. Both got largely negative reviews from critics, but Halloween did manage to get a bit more positive notices on tat front. Both garner strong mixed-opinions from general audiences without a firm consensus on which is preferred. With all that in mind Halloween seems to edge out with the victory in this face-off.
Rogue (2007) Black Water (2007) 2007 Australian movies about crocodiles that were based on true stories released within months of one another. Rogue stars Radha Mitchell, Michael Varten and a then-unknown Sam Worthington from Clash of the Titans and Avatar, and was directed by Greg Mclean who directed Wolf Creek. Black Water's stars are more or less unknown outside of Australia. Both movies faired poorly at the box office, but Rogue has a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and the CGI crocodile impressed across the board. Black Water was not as well received, and though it utilised footage of real crocodiles, some critics felt this led to a great amount of inconsistency.
One Missed Call (2008) The Eye (2008)

Shutter (2008)

Mirrors (2008)
American remakes of Asian supernatural horror films released in 2008. The trend had been going on for years, but hit its peak with this four-way brawl. Each film originated in a different country (Japan for One Missed Call, China for The Eye, Thailand for Shutter, and South Korea for Mirrors). All four films were poorly-reviewed, with One Missed Call being worst (0% on Rotten Tomatoes, plus it wasn't screened for critics) and The Eye being best (22%).

In North America, The Eye was the most successful while Shutter was the lowest-grossing; worldwide, Mirrors made the most money and One Missed Call made the least.
Pontypool (2009) Dead Air (2009) 2009 films about a viral infection that turns people into mindless and violent lunatics, both from the perspective of a DJ stuck inside the recording studio while everything is going to hell. In Pontypool it is language itself that triggers the infection, while in Dead Air the cause is a more conventional terrorist attack. Pontypool has gained better reviews overall.
Orphan (2009) Splice (2009) 2009 released horror/thriller films about a couple who raises a strange "girl" of some kind, with terrible things ensuing.   Overall, Orphan takes it. Whilst Splice won in critical circles, it was beaten in terms of both the general audience's reception and box office gross.
My Bloody Valentine 3D (2009) Friday the 13th (2009) (2009) Remakes of classic early 80s slasher films that were released in 2009. Both movies, like their predecessors, feature tons of gory kills, gratuitous nudity, and strangely enough, half of the Winchester brothers from Supernatural. The former stars Jensen Ackles and the latter Jared Padalecki. While Valentine was labeled as an actual remake with a few notable changes to the story and some 3D effects, Friday was meant to be a reboot of the franchise and serve as a new origin story. However, its supposed sequel has been in Development Hell for years. Hard to say. Both movies made a ton of money and have their fair share of fans. Critically speaking however, Valentine holds a much higher rating on Rotten Tomatoes (57%) whereas Friday is only at 25%. In that regard, the former probably wins. Valentine also managed to make about 8 to 9 million more than Friday the 13th so it likely wins in terms of box office as well.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) My Soul to Take (2010) 2010 horror flicks focusing on supernatural events and a killer targeting teenagers. Wes Craven wrote and directed My Soul to Take, while Elm Street was a remake of Craven's original. While both films were poorly received by critics, Nightmare was the clear winner in terms of box-office take, earning over $135 million, while My Soul to Take failed to make back its budget.
Piranha 3D (2010) Shark Night (2011) Cheesy 3D horror movies about killer fish eating young pretty people, released almost exactly a year apart. Piranha is an In Name Only remake of the 1978 B-movie classic, from the director of High Tension and The Hills Have Eyes (2006), with copious blood, guts, and boobs. Shark Night is a Lighter and Softer PG-13 alternative from the director of Snakes on a Plane and the second and fourth Final Destination movies. While neither film did well at the domestic box office, Piranha made over twice as much money as Shark Night worldwide. It also got genuinely good reviews, while Shark Night was panned by critics and horror fans alike. (Piranha eventually got a sequel, which wasn't nearly as well-received.)
Detention (2011) The Cabin in the Woods (2012) Post-modern, Genre-Busting horror-comedies that were released the same weekend. Detention was made by Joseph Kahn,note  opened in limited release, and is chiefly a satire of modern teenage life. Cabin was made by the team of Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, got a wide release after spending years sitting on the shelf due to MGM crashing and burning, and is a Deconstructor Fleet for horror movies. Cabin got near-universal praise, made much more money, and is already being revered as one of the greatest horror-comedies ever made, while Detention is a Cult Classic but very much a divisive film.
The Apparition (2012) The Possession (2012) Two supernatural ghost/demon films released within a week of one another in August 2012. The Apparition has Ashley Greene and is about a parapsychology experiment Gone Horribly Wrong, while The Possession is produced by Sam Raimi and is a Jewish take on Demonic Possession. The Possession by a landslide, though admittedly it had a pretty low bar to clear. While reviews for it were pretty critical, they were still miles better than the single-digit Tomatometer score of The Apparition, which didn't even make back half of its $17 million budget. The Possession made more in its first day than The Apparition did in its entire run.
Scary Movie 5 (2013)

A Haunted House (2013)
30 Nights of Paranormal Activity with the Devil Inside the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2013)

Ghost Team One (2013)
Parodies of horror movies, particularly the Paranormal Activity series and other Found Footage Films, released in winter 2013. A Haunted House comes partially from the Wayans Brothers, the writers and stars of the first two Scary Movie films, making it something of a Spiritual Successor to those films. Meanwhile, the only returning alumni for Scary Movie 5 are David Zucker (who has been Kicked Upstairs to Producer this time around) and actor Charlie Sheen, who is playing a different character. Lastly, 30 Nights is a Direct to Video film, while Ghost Team One is an indie film premiering at Slamdance. A Haunted House got thrashed by critics but did well at the box office. Scary Movie 5 received even worse reviews and while it made back its budget, it was nowhere near as successful as the previous entry in the series.
No One Lives (2013) You're Next (2013) 2013 horror movies about a group of murderers meeting their match when one of their putative victims turns out to be far more dangerous than they anticipated. In No One Lives, the criminals are highway killers with established names and faces, and the person killing them is an even more villainous man. In You're Next, they are home invaders whose identities are concealed with masks, and the person killing them is a heroic woman. You're Next did only modest business, but was acclaimed as one of the year's best horror films, while No One Lives was a Box Office Bomb that received mixed reviews.
The Purge (2013) You're Next (2013) Home invasion thrillers released in summer 2013. The Purge's gimmick is that it's set in a dystopian world where, for one night a year, all crime is legalized. You're Next is a more straightforward film, albeit with a Black Comedy take on the genre. A clear case of Critical Dissonance. You're Next won the praise of those who actually saw it, but disappointed at the box office, while The Purge was trashed by critics but a hit at the box office (enough to get a better-received sequel).
As Above, So Below (2014) The Pyramid (2014) 2014 Found Footage (-ish) horror films about archaeologists trapped underground with evil things. As Above So Below is set in the Catacombs beneath Paris, while The Pyramid is set in a newly-discovered ancient Egyptian pyramid. While As Above is entirely Found Footage, The Pyramid only uses the device sporadically and is largely shot in a traditional fashion. As Above So Below won - while it was badly-reviewed (26% on Rotten Tomatoes) and disappointed at the box office ($21.3 million domestic), The Pyramid got even worse reviews (11%) and made a pathetic $2.8 million.

It's worth noting some of the box office discrepancy is because The Pyramid was screwed by the distributor - 20th Century Fox gave it almost no promotion and only showed it in 685 North American theatres, compared to the decent promotional push and 2,650 theatres Universal gave As Above So Below.
Life After Beth (2014) Burying the Ex (2014) Two horror comedies released in 2015 which revolved around a young man who loses his girlfriend in a sudden, tragic accident and tries to cope with his loss until she suddenly and inexplicably reappears, carrying on like everything's normal. Well, that is until she begins to decay and eat human flesh. Both movies take very different approaches to a similar premise. While Ex is more of a straightforward comedy with some horror moments and gory kills mixed in, Beth is far more disturbing and horrific in some parts, but is not without its comedic and even romantic elements as well. The films' messages are also vastly different: Ex is about the boyfriend standing up for himself against his resurrected Alpha Bitch girlfriend while Beth focuses more thoughtfully on dealing with the loss of a loved one and finding ways to make peace with yourself. Hard to tell. Neither film was successful critically or financially, although Beth probably wins simply because it has a higher Rotten Tomatoes score.
It (2017) mother! Horror films released in September with comparable budgets around the 30 million mark or so. Loads. The former is an adaptation of one of Stephen King's most famous books while the latter is an original property by Darren Aronofsky. IT is more of a straightforward horror film mostly filled with unknowns while mother! is of the surrealist, heavily symbolic kind with an All-Star Cast. IT wins on both fronts, almost to the point of it looking like a Curb-Stomp Battle. While mother! earned some solid critical notices, it has not been doing well financially and caused a nasty rift between critics and audiences, with the latter giving the film a rare F grade on Cinemascore. IT, on the other hand, received positive reviews and incredibly strong box office to the point of becoming the highest grossing horror film ever, even surpassing The Exorcist. While IT will probably go down as one of the great horror movies of the decade, mother! seems to be slowly getting a Cult Following instead.
Blood Fest (2018) Hell Fest (2018) Horror films where a small group of friends have to survive in a horror-themed festival that turns out to contain legitimate dangers instead of just theatrics. Blood Fest was a horror-comedy indie film made by Rooster Teeth that premiered at the SXSW film festival and got a limited theatrical release. Hell Fest was a bigger budget, traditionally released horror flick. According to Rotten Tomatoes, Blood Fest did better with critics (62% vs 35%) but Hell Fest did better with audiences (66% vs. 45%). Box office totals are hard to compare due to Hell Fest being much more widely released.
mother! (2017) Suspiria (2018) Divisive, female-centric horror films (with emphasis on body horror and the supernatural) directed by auterish filmmakers (Darren Aronofsky & Luca Guadagnino) that star young actresses best known for prior franchise roles (Jennifer Lawrence & Dakota Johnson). mother! is an original property, while Suspiria is a remake of the 1977 film of the same name. Hard to say. mother! has a slightly higher score on Rotten Tomatoes than Suspiria (69% to 62%), but Suspiria boasts a far better audience score (73% to mother!'s 50%) and carries some goodwill from its source material.
A Quiet Place The Silence (2019) Both sci-fi horror films set in a postapocalyptic very near future brought about when the nations of Earth are unable to protect their populations from attacks by swift and deadly creatures with finely developed hearing who use that to hunt humans. Both films also focus on the survival struggles of a family with a deaf daughter. The Silence was based on a 2015 novel; the script that became A Quiet Place had been in development since 2013. The film adaptation of the former had been completed before the latter was even shot, but A Quiet Place was released first since The Silence hadn't found a distributor.note  A Quiet Place was a critical and commercial success in theaters and has spawned a sequel; The Silence had to settle for Netflix a year later.
Ready or Not (2019) The Hunt 2019 horror films in which a young woman is thrown into a Hunting the Most Dangerous Game scenario by a group of depraved rich people. Ready or Not is a Black Comedy take on the idea, in which the protagonist marries into a wealthy family who turns out to have selected her as a Human Sacrifice, and is set in the confines of a mansion. The Hunt, meanwhile, comes from Blumhouse Productions and is more of a "social horror" film in the mold of that studio's The Purge, with more focus given to the Slobs Versus Snobs dynamic of the villains seeing the working-class protagonists as less than human, and has multiple people beyond the heroine being hunted in a "game" preserve. Ready or Not. As Universal put The Hunt on The Shelf of Movie Languishment after a pair of back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio less than two months before its planned release and was ultimately released the week before the mass COVID-19 theater closures. Ready or Not was also warmly received by those who saw it, and made back nearly double its budget in its first weekend, while The Hunt was screwed over by the COVID-19 situation. Its Rotten Tomatoes score (56%) is also lower than Ready Or Not (88%).
It: Chapter Two (2019) Doctor Sleep (2019) Two Stephen King-based supernatural horror movie sequels released two months apart in 2019, with adult protagonists who were children in the first installment. It: Chapter Two is the sequel to 2017's It and both adapt one part of the eponymous novel, while Doctor Sleep adapts the sequel novel to The Shining and is a sequel to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining). It Chapter Two, by a mile. Though it declined from the monstrous grosses seen by the previous film, Chapter Two still opened to a sizable $91 million domestic and finished with nearly $500 million worldwide, making it very profitable on an estimated $79 million budget. Doctor Sleep, despite better reviews than It: Chapter Two, drastically underperformed expectations with a mere $31 million domestic gross and $72 million worldwide performance on an estimated $55 million budget, making it a likely Box Office Bomb given ancillary costs.
Spiral (2021) Escape Room: Tournament Of Champions (2021) The latest installments of two similar trap-centric horror franchises, opening nearly head-to-head. Both are expected to push past the relatively small-scale confines of their respective predecessor(s), whether with bigger stars (Spiral will feature Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson) or a bigger setting (Escape Room 2 sees the first film's survivors taking the fight to their mysterious former captors). While Saw is a long-dormant franchise that had only briefly been revived in the 2010s with 2017's Jigsaw (to mixed success), Escape Room 2 will be released just 2.5 years after the first film, a surprise hit that offered a PG-13 variation on Saw's modus operandi. Assuming both sequels retain their franchises' historical MPAA ratings, this will be a showdown of the old-school, R-rated legacy sequel vs. a new Lighter and Softer variation of the same template. Incidentally, Spiral will be the first film in the franchise to eschew a traditional Halloween release frame, instead launching May 2021, while Escape Room jumps from the first film's January date to July. A weak victory for Escape Room. Spiral, after a year of COVID-19-related delays, opened below expectations and ultimately scored the lowest box office of the series, $23 million domestic and $37 million global. Critical reviews were slightly kinder toward the film than most prior installments, but it still received a low 37% on Rotten Tomatoes; audience response was divided, with Rotten Tomatoes users giving one of the higher grades of the series while IMDb gave it the absolute lowest, even below Saw 3D. Two months later, Tournament of Champions opened with box office figures nearly identical to Spiral; critical reviews are slightly superior (though still weak at 46%), while audience reactions are identical to Spiral on Rotten Tomatoes and somewhat higher on IMDb. With a slightly lower budget ($15 million vs. $20 million), Escape Room wins by a hair.
Draug (2018) Huntress: Rune of the Dead Both films are low budget zombie films set in Swedish wilderness during the viking age, featuring a Action Girl hero who has visions of things to come. The later film was produced and co-written by Faravid af Ugglas who provided production design for both Huntress and Draug, as well as actors Urban Bergsten and Ralf Beck. The later even makes a similar comment about the smell of the zombies in both films. Huntress was filmed in English with an American producer, while Draug is in Swedish with emphasis of the dialects of the characters as part of the world building. TBD.
Peninsula (2020) Army of the Dead (2021) Amid an area ravaged by a zombie pandemic, a team attempt to pull off a major money heist. Peninsula is a stand-alone sequel to the South Korean film Train to Busan, from the same creative team, centering on a group of surviving soldiers attempting to steal a truck filed with millions for The Mafia in exchange for half the take. Meanwhile, Army of the Dead is an American film, directed by Zack Snyder for Netflix, in which a group of mercenaries attempt to rob a Las Vegas casino during a zombie outbreak. Army of the Dead. Peninsula was a success in South Korea and a hit with $42.7 million worldwide (against a $16 million budget), but it fell well short of its predecessor (it was released as South Korea recovered from the COVID-19 Pandemic) and received mixed reviews. Army of the Dead received mixed-positive reviews from critics and mixed reception from audiences (largely positive on Rotten Tomatoes but notably lower on IMDb; interestingly, both are nearly even with Peninsula). It also performed well on Netflix according to both the streamer's own data and Nielsen ratings, enough to justify the franchise Netflix pre-emptively built around it. It's a close call, but with Army meeting expectations while Peninsula fell somewhat short, Army wins.


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