The Straits Times
Published on Oct 30, 2012

Ghosts scare off gore for Halloween movies


LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - After almost a decade in which torture films dominated the box office, horror movies are returning to ghostly thrills with a new slew of low-budget productions making big money for studios.

The success of 2009's Paranormal Activity - which was made for $15,000 (S$18,300) and grossed more than US$107 million at United States (US) box offices - has fueled a thirst in audiences and movie studios for things that go bump in the night.

Halloween audiences previously gripped by the gory Saw franchise about a sadistic serial killer are flocking this season to see supernatural horrors, with Sinister and Paranormal Activity 4 providing otherworldly scares for the spooky festivities.

The supernatural trend, with very little blood, started this year with The Woman in Black and The Apparition, and will spill into 2013 with upcoming horror films including Mama, Evil Dead, Carrie, and ghostly spoof Scary Movie 5, which will parody Paranormal Activity.