6. The Sixth Sense (1999)
As one of the reference movies of its kind, The Sixth Sense had earnings raising up to $673 million, with a budget of $40 million. Not only that numbers say it all, but ratings say it as well. Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, produced by Frank Marshall, Barry Mendel and Kathleen Kennedy, with a length of 107 minutes, the movie was first released in the United States on August 2nd, 1999. Nominated for six Academy Awards, from which one for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, The Sixth Sense starred Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams and Haley Joel Osment.
After being honored for his work, while having a chat with his wife, a child psychologist from Philadelphia, Dr Malcolm Crowe, gets shot after a former patient of his enters his house and says that the he failed him, after which he shoots Crowe and kills himself. After a while, Malcolm starts working with another patient, young Cole Sear, a 9-year-old boy who saw dead people walking around the living without knowing they’re dead.
He first considers dropping Cole, but after listening to a recording of him and his other patient, Vincent, and discovering that there was a voice that asked for help in the background, he decides to do whatever it takes to help the boy. Reluctant at first, Cole accepts his gift and starts behaving normal again, making new friends and enjoying going to school again.
Crowe then goes home to find his wife asleep, the video of their wedding rolling on the screen and his wedding ring in her hand. He then realizes that he was actually shot dead by his patient. The movie amazes just like any other movie written by Shyamalan and is very well received, scoring second in ranking that year, after Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
5. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
A Nightmare on Elm Street is the story of the famous Fred Krueger, known for his terrible crimes, killing innocent children and who was burned to death by their and other children’s parents. The same parents now found out that “Freddie” was hunting their children’s dreams, killing them one after the other. The only one that seemed to discover how to get rid of Freddie was Nancy, one of the girls that managed to escape for several times from being murdered like the rest of her friends.
One of the times, when attacked by the murderer, she managed to grab his hat and pull it out of the dream. She told this to her family, that they should try and grab Freddie out of the dream and out in the real world.
That doesn’t happen and one of them gets killed after falling asleep again. She manages to pull that out eventually, but she only makes things worse, because he not only kills others while he is in the real world, but after managing to kill him again, when they thought everything was over, he came after them anyway.
With a budget of only $1.8 million, A Nightmare on Elm Street managed to gain over $25 million in the box office. It was first released in the United States, with a length of 91 minutes, on November 9, 1984. Directed and written by Wes Craven and produced by Robert Shaye, the film starred John Saxon, Ronee Blakely, Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss, Nick Corri, Johnny Deep and Robert Englund.
4. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Produced by Gianni Nunnari and Meir Teper, written by Quentin Tarantino, From Dusk Till Dawn was not very successful when it comes to earnings, the box office registering around $26 million, with an initial budget of $19 million. Starring George Clooney, Hervey Keitel, Juliette Lewis and Quentin Tarantino, the black comedy horror film was released on January 19, 1996 in the United States, having a length of 108 minutes.
The movie begins with Richard and Seth, two brothers who just robbed a bank. They stop at a liquor store when a police officer threatens to be in their way and gets himself killed by the two. One of them, Richie, is shot in the hand during the gun fight. The brothers make it to Mexico, but not without kidnapping a family, Jacob Fuller a priest that was losing his faith and his daughter, and killing a woman.
On their way to the safehouse, they stop at a striptease club where things get bloody. It turns out that the club was built on an old Aztec Temple and almost all the people there where vampires who tried to feed on the few poor mortals there.
The only ones that make it from there alive, saved by the sunrise, are Seth and Kate, the pastor’s daughter. Although not really successful when it comes to earnings, the movie was quite popular, “A pulpy crime drama/vampire film hybrid, From Dusk Till Dawn is an uneven but often deliriously enjoyable B-movie” said one of the critics.