Horror, cheap and in-demand, comes to Hollywood's rescue

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Horror, cheap and in-demand, comes to Hollywood's rescue
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Noah Jupe, from left, Millicent Simmonds and John Krasinski in a scene from "A Quiet Place." Horror has emerged as one of the most bankable and inventive genres for a Hollywood desperate for hits. The $50 million debut of John Krasinksi's "A Quiet Place" suggests horror's big 2017 has carried over to 2018.(Jonny Cournoyer/Paramount Pictures via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Finding dependable, bankable box-office hits for anything without a superhero has been a downright scary proposition for Hollywood.

The solution, it turns out, is a nightmare, too.

Horror has emerged as one of the most lucrative and in-demand genres in Hollywood, a box-office success story as well as a creative one. Like perhaps never before, horror is hot. For an industry that has struggled to find areas of growth outside of the pages of comic books, it’s now hailing slashers as saviors.

Last weekend, John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place” blew away expectations to debut with .2 million, despite costing only million to make. It was only the latest in a string of horror hits.