By Victor Xie

As Halloween creeps up, one essential factor to Halloween parties is the horror movies. Horror movies like Scream, Friday the 13th and It have been inspirations for several Halloween costumes over the years. In addition, they also make millions of dollars at the box office every year.

In the past year, the horror film industry has seen successful films such as A Quiet Place and The Nun which have had a domestic grossing of $188 million and $114 million respectively (www.the-numbers.com). Throughout the ten months of 2018, the horror film industry has made over $614 million.

However, these numbers pale in comparison to 2017, where horror movies together made over $1.39 billion domestically, making it the most successful year in horror movie history. This was ultimately because of big movies such as It ($327 million) and Get Out ($175 million). These movies were also international blockbusters, together making over $950 million worldwide.

This year’s biggest hit in horror, A Quiet Place, was critically acclaimed, earning it a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Released on April 6th of this year, the movie portrays a story in which aliens have invaded Earth and the entire human race has gone hiding. The aliens hunt by sound, causing a family to live in silence. “This gripping, clever monster movie is one of those rare genre treats that seizes on a simple, unique idea and executes it so perfectly and concisely that it elicits satisfying squeals of delight,” says Common Sense Media critic Jeffrey M. Anderson. A Quiet Place features actress Emily Blunt and actor John Krasinski.

In the last few months of the year, a few horror movies are set to be released. This month, Halloween was released on Fri, Oct. 19 as the direct sequel of the 1978 Halloween. The movie is set 40 years after the first movie and circulates around a woman who faces a vicious murderer once again. Overlord, a movie about soldiers facing supernatural forces on the eve of D-Day in World War II, is set to release on Fri., Nov. 9. ◆

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