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Highest Grossing Horror Films

A good horror movie offers a thrilling experience that no other genre provides. However, many people find the violence, tension and dread too much to handle, so horror remains a bit of a cult genre.

What defines a horror film? There’s more to it than just a spooky atmosphere and a machete-wielding psychopath in a hockey mask. Horror carries a broad definition, and it can be almost anything, as long as it provokes a feeling of fear, dread or tension in the viewer. That leaves a lot of room to blend with other genres, so it’s not uncommon to see movies with elements of science fiction, romance or action in the horror section of the video store.

Many filmgoers are put off by violence and gore, so despite its broad definition, horror generally appeals to cult followings. However, some horror movies have escaped cult status and connected with audiences on a large scale.

Click ahead to see the 15 movies that found large mainstream audiences and became the highest grossing horror movies of all time, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.

By Daniel BukszpanPosted 27 Oct 2010

Source: BoxOfficeMojo.com|| Photo: Merrick Morton | DreamWorks LLC