This Day On The Street
Continue to site
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

5 Reasons Halloween Isn't for Kids Anymore

Scary sells

Dreamworks Animation (DWA) might throw parents a Shrek Halloween special every so often, Laika likes to pitch out a seasonally appropriate story such as Paranorman or Coraline and even Disney (DIS) gave kids The Nightmare Before Christmas.

But you know what Hollywood really loves around Halloween? A movie kids under 13 can't go to. The Saw franchise made nearly $416 million by releasing seven films before Halloween from 2004 through 2010 -- all rated R. Adjusted for inflation, the entire Halloween series of slasher films brought in more than $600 million from pre-Halloween releases from 1978 through 2007. Again, it's an R-rated franchise.

The horror genre and its many incarnations have helped shift pop culture's Halloween sensibilities from the relatively harmless Universal monsters and cartoonish depictions of ghouls, ghosts and witches to a bloody, scream-filled chamber of fear. For roughly 35 years, it's paid off.

Since the release of the original Halloween in 1978, slasher films alone have made more than $2.3 billion in the U.S. alone, according to BoxOfficeMojo. That's not adjusting for inflation, either. Michael Meyers, Freddy, Jason, Leatherface and the creepy girls from The Ring and The Grudge have firmly planted their stake -- among other pointy, bloodied implements -- on Halloween, and they and their ilk are going to require parental guidance and dollars for the foreseeable future.

-- Written by Jason Notte in Portland, Ore.

>To contact the writer of this article, click here: Jason Notte.

>To follow the writer on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/notteham.

>To submit a news tip, send an email to: tips@thestreet.com.

RELATED STORIES:



Jason Notte is a reporter for TheStreet. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Esquire.com, Time Out New York, the Boston Herald, the Boston Phoenix, the Metro newspaper and the Colorado Springs Independent. He previously served as the political and global affairs editor for Metro U.S., layout editor for Boston Now, assistant news editor for the Herald News of West Paterson, N.J., editor of Go Out! Magazine in Hoboken, N.J., and copy editor and lifestyle editor at the Jersey Journal in Jersey City, N.J.
6 of 6

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Submit an article to us!
SYM TRADE IT LAST %CHG
AAPL $130.08 0.88%
FB $79.04 0.06%
GOOG $539.29 0.26%
TSLA $231.50 2.40%
YHOO $42.20 -0.74%

Markets

DOW 18,127.39 +103.33 0.57%
S&P 500 2,119.51 +11.22 0.53%
NASDAQ 5,040.4270 +35.0360 0.70%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs