5 Horror Movies That Bombed at the Box Office

Thrillers and horror movies are usually a safe bet to bring in decent earnings at the box office. Fan favorites end up spawning countless prequels, sequels and remakes (think Halloween, Friday the 13th and Saw.)

But there are, of course, the not-so-great horror movies -- so bad the main horror is that you paid actual money to see the damn thing.

Opinions may vary over what makes a good thriller or horror movie, but the numbers don't lie. Here is a list of five box office bombs.

5. I Know Who Killed Me (2007). Starring Lindsay Lohan and Julia Ormond. Lohan stars as Aubrey Fleming, a teen that is abducted and found two weeks later with no memory of being Aubrey, but believing she is Dakota Moss, a character she had imagined for a creative writing assignment.

Production budget: $12 million; Box office gross $9.6 million; Loss of 20 percent.

4. The Wicker Man (2006). Starring Nicholas Cage and Ellen Burstyn. Remake of the 1973 cult classic of the same name. Cage stars as patrolman Edward Malus, who gets a letter from his former fiancée that her child is missing. It is up to him to investigate the girl's whereabouts.

Production budget: $40 million; Box office gross $24.4 million; Loss of 39 percent.

3. Grindhouse -- Planet Terror and Death Proof (2007). Starring Rose McGowan and Kurt Russell. The two full-length movies directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino were meant to bring back the splendor of the grindhouse double features, complete with a zombie outbreak and a maniacal killer behind the wheel of a death proof car.

Production budget: $53 million; Box office gross $25 million; Loss of 52.8 percent.

2. FeardotCom (2002). Starring Stephen Dorff and Natascha McElhone. New York City Detective Mike Reilly teams up with Terry Huston, a department of health worker, to figure out the link between the deaths of four people, all of whom 48 hours prior to their death visited the Web site feardotcom.com.

Production budget: $42 million; Box office gross $13.2 million; Loss of 68.6 percent.

1. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (a.k.a. The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre) (1994). Starring Renée Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey. This remake of 1974's classic shows what happens when a group of teens, fresh from prom, crash in the woods and while seeking help cross the path of Vilmer clan and the ever present Leatherface.

Production budget: $600,000; Box office gross $185,898; Loss of 69 percent.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >