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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

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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

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2000

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

2002

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

2003

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

2004

The Strangers, Bryan Bertino
Bedbugs AKA Dead Asleep, Carter Blanchard

2005

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

2006

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

2007

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

2008

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

2009

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

2010

Boy Scouts vs. Zombies, Carrie Evans, Emi Mochizuki

2011

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

2012

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

2013

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

2014

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

2015

Realm, Rebecca Sonnenshein
Temple, Michael Savelloni

2017

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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