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The year in horror: Low-budget horror hits box-office highs

The year in horror: Low-budget horror hits box-office highs
Lili Taylor stars in "The Conjuring,"which has been one of the summer's true sensations. (Associated Press)

The people have spoken. And they say they want to be scared. Over the weekend, the low-budget supernatural spook film "Insidious: Chapter 2" topped the box office, scaring up $41.1 million.

The film, which was directed by a seemingly unstoppable James Wan, cost $5 million to make and earned more than three times what the first "Insidious" earned when it opened in 2011.

The "Insidious" story isn't a one-off, however. This year has seen nearly half a dozen similar stories when it comes to creepy little films that have scored big with audiences. Here's a rundown:

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"Mama": Directed by Andrés Muschietti and starring Jessica Chastain, "Mama" is about two young girls who are abandoned in the woods and raised by a supernatural entity they call "Mama."

Released: Jan. 18, 2013

Budget: $15 million

Domestic gross: $71.6 million

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"Evil Dead": Directed by Fede Alvarez and starring Jane Levy, "Evil Dead" is a reboot of the original cult classic 1981 Sam Raimi film about a cabin haunted by evil spirits that torment a group of young people on vacation.

Released: April 5, 2013

Budget: $17 million

Domestic gross: $54.2 million

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"The Purge": Directed by James DeMonaco and starring Ethan Hawke, "The Purge" chronicles the horror unleashed on the world when a 12-hour period of anarchy is sanctioned by the government due to a declaration that during that time it will decriminalize all crimes including murder and rape.

Released: June 7, 2013

Budget: $3 million

Domestic gross: $64.4 million

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"The Conjuring": Directed by James Wan and starring Vera Farmiga, "The Conjuring," which chronicles the terrifying adventures of a couple of paranormal investigators, was the biggest earner of the bunch and one of the summer's true sensations.

Released: July 19, 2013

Budget: $20 million

Domestic gross: $135.4 million

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"You're Next": Directed by Adam Wingard and starring Sharni Vinson, "You're Next" is about a shocking home invasion that leaves most of a large family dead.

Released: Aug. 23, 2013

Budget: Reportedly less than $1 million

Domestic gross as of Sept. 15, 2013: $17.9 million

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