Horror by the Numbers

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 26 Oct 2016

How well do you know your horror history? We're breaking down the genre's milestones by the numbers.

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Sissy Spacek in Carrie (1976)

Year First Stephen King Film Adaptation Was Released: 1976, Carrie

Bela Lugosi in Dracula (1931)

Year First Dracula Movie Was Released: 1931, Dracula

Max Schreck in Nosferatu (1922)

Year First Vampire Movie Was Released: 1922, Nosferatu

Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki

Number of Seasons of the Longest-Running Horror TV Series: 12 and running, "Supernatural" (2005 to present)

Janet Leigh in Psycho (1960)

Budget of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960): $806,947 (estimated)

Jonathan Frid and Grayson Hall in Dark Shadows (1966)

Number of Episodes of ABC's Gothic Daytime Soap Opera "Dark Shadows": 1,225

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Year George Romero's First Zombie Film Was Released: 1968, Night of the Living Dead


Year the First American Werewolf Movie Was Released: 1935, Werewolf of London

Kathy Bates in Misery (1990)

Year a Movie Based on a Stephen King Novel Won a Major Oscar: 1991, when Misery star Kathy Bates won the Academy Award for Best Actress.

The House of the Devil (1896)

Year the First Horror Film on Record Was Released: 1896, The House of the Devil

Bela Lugosi and Madge Bellamy in White Zombie (1932)

Year the First Zombie Movie Was Released: 1932, White Zombie

Frankenstein (1910)

Year the First American Frankenstein Film was Released: 1910, Frankenstein

Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense (1999)

U.S. Box-Office Gross of the Top-Earning Horror Film: $295 million, The Sixth Sense

Mahal (1949)

Year the First Indian Horror Movie was Released: 1949, Mahal

Machiko Kyô and Masayuki Mori in Ugetsu (1953)

Year the First Full-Length Japanese Horror Movie was Released: 1953, Ugetsu

Lust of the Vampire (1957)

Year First Italian Horror Movie in the Sound Era Was Released: 1957, I vampiri

Olivia Hussey in Black Christmas (1974)

Year the First Modern Slasher Films Were Released: 1974, Black Christmas and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Scott Glenn in The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Year a Horror Film Swept the Big 4 Categories (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress) at the Oscars: 1992, Silence of the Lambs

Neve Campbell and Liev Schreiber in Scream 2 (1997)

Number of Titles in the Scream Franchise: 5 (Scream, Scream 2, Scream 3, Scream 4, and "Scream: The TV Series")

Fredric March in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)

First Year That a Horror Movie Won a Major Oscar: 1932, Fredric March Won Best Actor for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

May McAvoy and Conrad Nagel in The Terror (1928)

Year First "Talkie" Horror Film Was Released: 1928, The Terror

Lionel Atwill, Lee Tracy, and Fay Wray in Doctor X (1932)

Year First Color Horror Film Was Released: 1932, Doctor X

Nick Castle in Halloween (1978)

Total Number of Halloween Films: 10 (The first was 1978's Halloween, the most recent was 2009's Halloween II; Michael Myers appears in all except 1982's Halloween III: Season of the Witch)

Richard Brooker and Rachel Howard in Friday the 13th Part III (1982)

Total Number of Friday the 13th Films: 12 (The first was 1980's Friday the 13th , the most recent was 2009's Friday the 13th)

Sarah Michelle Gellar in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996)

Street Address of Buffy Summers' Sunnydale Home on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer": 1630 Revello Drive

Andrew Lincoln and Jon Bernthal in The Walking Dead (2010)

Number of Characters in "The Walking Dead" to Appear in Every Episode: Zero

Robert Englund in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Number of Hours Required to Apply Robert Englund's Freddy Krueger Makeup in A Nightmare on Elm Street: 3

P.J. Soles and Tony Moran in Halloween (1978)

Number of Michael Myers' On-Screen Victims in 1978's Halloween: 6 (Judith Myers, unnamed truck driver, the dog, Lynda van der Klok, Bob Simms, and Annie Brackett)

Brad Pitt in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

Age of Vampire Louis (Brad Pitt) in Interview With the Vampire: 200 years (though in Anne Rice's novel he is 185)

Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, and Jason Miller in The Exorcist (1973)

Length of the Exorcism Scene, from Start to Finish, in The Exorcist: 9 minutes

Jack Nicholson in The Shining (1980)

Number of Days and Doors Required for Filming the "Here's Johnny" Scene, According to Shelley Duvall, in The Shining: 3 days and 60 doors

Sigourney Weaver and Ridley Scott in Alien (1979)

Length of the Original Cut of Alien: 3 hours and 12 minutes


Number of Mechanical Sharks Made for Jaws: 3, each with specialized functions (one was open on the left side, one was open on the right side, and the third was fully skinned)

Harvey Stephens stars as Damien

Date of the Limited Release of The Omen: June 6, 1976 (which was chosen for its "three sixes," a number cited in the movie as the sign of Satan)

Lon Chaney and Mary Philbin in The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Number of the Universal Studios Sound Stage Used to Film 1925's The Phantom of the Opera: Sound Stage 28, which was also used for several other horror projects including The Phantom of the Opera (1943), The Raven (1935), "The Sixth Sense" (1972), and Torn Curtain (1966)