Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Are We In A New Wave of Slasher Films?

It will be interesting to see how well the remake of Friday the 13th does at the box office this weekend. Initial feedback indicates a very favorable response, and this could herald a new wave of throwback slasher-style films. Recent results have shown there’s money in these remakes. The My Bloody Valentine remake has a domestic gross of over $48 million, with only a $15 million production budget. Last year, the Prom Night remake grossed almost $44 million in the U.S. with a budget of $20 million, while Rob Zombie’s remake of Halloween pulled in over $58 million. The budget doesn’t include P & A costs and some other expenses, but it does indicate the slasher genre can still turn a tidy profit, and as long as there’s money to be made, expect to see more of them. All figures courtesy of the premiere site for tracking box office results, Box Office Mojo.

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