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Since 1990 up to now, there have been at lest 88 horror screenplays sold on spec that became horror movies. This is a list of the known horror spec scripts that became movies: (↬ Scott Myers)

1990-2017 Horror Spec Script Sales

In the mid-nineties the spec script market started to boom. There was a high demand for original screenplays that sparked many bidding wars. The figure at the end of each item is the price each one sold by.

Flatliners” (1990) $400000
“City of Darkness” (1990) $750000
“The Conjurer” (1993) John Lesher
The Willies” (1995) John Jarrell
Scary Movie” AKA “Scream” (1995) Kevin Williamson $400000
Fallen” (1995) Nick Kazan $1000000
Ravenous” (1996) Ted Griffin
Idle Hands” (1997) David Lubliner
The Astronaut’s Wife” (1997) Rand Ravich
“Faith” (1997) Brian Everingham
The Sixth Sense” (1997) M Night Shyamalan $2250000
“Black Ice” (1997) David Colden
“Jenny Hanniver” (1997) Dennis Bartok
“Scream If You Know What I Did Last Halloween” (1998) Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
Gator” (1998) Mark Swift, Damian Shannon
“Munchies” (1998) David Kukoff , Matt Roshkow more than $450000
“Ashes to Ashes” (1998) Adam Kulakow
“The Judas Curse” (1999) Douglas Hensley
“Sherlock Holmes and The Vengeance of Dracula” (1999) Michael Valle $700000 against $1000000


“Curse Of The Bog Women” Barry Hutchison
“The Immortals” Michael Jonascu, Justin Stanley
“Stray Dawgz” Darryl Quarles
“Nightcrawlers” Brian Lynch
Godsend” Mark Bomback
“Shudder” Matthew Odgers, David Markus


“Next Door” Jake Wade Wall
In Vitro” Ben Ripley
“The Deciver” Keith Davidson
“Alone Kevin” Taft
“The Reaping” Brian Rousso
“Mile Zero” Holly Brix
Skeleton Key” Ehren Kruger
The Woods” David Ross


Hell Week” Michael Peterson, Ted Peterson
Revolver” Adam Sussman
“Town Creek” Dave Kajganich
“Drawn” Rand Ravich


“The Strangers” Bryan Bertino
“Bedbugs” AKA “Dead Asleep” Carter Blanchard


Forsaken” Ari Margolis, Jim Morley III
Superstition” Neal Marshall Stevens
“The Dionaea” Eric Heisserer
Amusement” Jake Wade Wall
“Absolute Angels” Genevieve Jolliffe, Andrew Zinnes


Damned” Jim Agnew, Sean Keller
Shiver” Mikey Wigart
“They Came From Upstairs” Mark Burton
Dead in the Water” Noah Hawley, Alexi Hawley
“Anvil” Adam Sussman
Buried” Jeff Dixon
Mercy” Carolyn Townsend, Eddie Hartman


“The New Daughter” John Travis
“Ink” Harris Wilkinson
“Hurt” Anthony Grieco, Jeff Drongowski


“The Knights Templar” Adam Torchia, Justin Stanley
“The Harvard Zombie Massacre” Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit


The Violent Kind” Mitchell Altieri, Phil Flores
“Supermax” Christopher Allen Nelson


“Boy Scouts vs. Zombies” Carrie Evans, Emi Mochizuki


“Harker” Lee Shipman
“Inherit the Earth” JT Petty
“Zombie Pet Shop” E.L. Katz
“The Watching Hour” Carey Van Dyke, Shane Van Dyke
Haunted” Erick Kripke
Hellfest” William Penick, Chris Sey
“The Mountain” Helen Childress
Hidden” Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer


“Bermuda” Bobby Lee Darby, Nathan Brookes
“Tape 4” Jeremy Slater
“Lockdown At Franklin High” Greg Bishop, Joe Ballarini
“Garden District” Tony Jaswinski, Luke Goltz
“The Bloody Benders” Adam Robitel
The Quiet Ones” Vic Weet
“The Last Breath” Paul J. Salamoff
“Haunt” Andrew Barrer
“Peste” Barbara Marshall


“Ink and Bone” Zak Olcewicz
“Party Girl” Vikram Weet
The Unseen” John Travis


“Darkness” Francis Jay and C.B. Liffer
“Vice” Andre Fabrizio, Jeremy Passmore
“Red Ice” Keith Ray Putman
“The Bringing” Brandon Murphy, Philip Murhpy
Scarecrow” Mike Scannell
“Midnight” Travis Baker, Richard Tanne
“The Babysitter” Brian Duffield


Realm” Rebecca Sonnenshein
“Temple” Michael Savelloni


“Untitled Hill Project”

Did Scott Miss Any Horror Screenplays that Sold on Spec?

If you think there is any horror screenplays written on speculation that are not on this list, please comment and share them with the rest of us.

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Garry Knight
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© Bholenath Valsan 2021 — Spec Horror Screenplays


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