The 2018 South By Southwest Festival kicked off in Austin, TX, on Friday March 9th, and it’s already making some big noise in the horror community. As reported by Deadline, Blumhouse Productions surprised most in attendance last night, as head honcho Jason Blum broke the news to the packed house that the untitled film they were about to show was actually a sequel to the 2014 financial hit Unfriended. Now labeled as Unfriended: Dark Web, the film lit up the Alamo Ritz theater with the first of hopefully many welcome surprises as SXSW dominates the movie-going weekend.
In April of last year, genre powerhouse Blumhouse announced its venture into the world of television with The Purge TV series. Based on the film franchise and its premise of the annual night of lawlessness, the series is slated for release this year. Deadline is reporting today that Gabriel Chavarria and Jessica Garza have been tapped to play the lead roles in the upcoming series for USA and SyFy.
Chavarria will be portraying Miguel, a US Marine who returns to town on Purge night, with Garza portraying his sister Penelope. Penelope has pledged herself to a Purge cult, which seems like it would set the writers up to deepen the plot for plenty of episodes. Last Spring, Jason Blum revealed that “it will reveal to the fans what happens the other 364 days of the year and how that law affects people.” read more
Blumhouse Productions, fresh off a run of huge horror movies in the past few years, are ready to add yet another title to its resume. As first announced on their official Twitter account (see below), Blumhouse has announced that Chris Columbus has been tapped to write, produce and direct the big screen adaptation of the wildly popular horror game Five Nights at Freddy’s. While it may seem like a bit of an odd choice, the news that the project is one step closer to reality is refreshing news to both horror fans and tech-savvy teenagers alike. read more
Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer joins the cast of Blumhouse’s upcoming flick Ma. According to Variety, Spencer will be reuniting with Tate Taylor who directed her in her award-winning role as Minnie Jackson in The Help. Spencer has received much acclaim for her roles in other powerhouse films such as Hidden Figures and The Shape of Water. Taylor told Variety, “It’s dark material, but it’s also really fun.” He went on to say “Octavia is so damn likable that we usually see her in certain roles. But she’s such a good actress and this is such a complex character that if I do my job right, people in the audience are going to want to push pause and say, ‘Can we please take you out for coffee so you don’t do what you’re about to do.’” read more
Yesterday saw the release of a new trailer for Blumhouse’s The First Purge, the fourth in the highly successful Purge franchise. The first film was released in 2013 and grossed over $89 million versus its $3million budget. DeMonaco once again has penned the script, with Gerard McMurray taking over directing duties. While the Purge movies have always been sort of been a juxtaposition of the comfortably numb suburban life with the violence and grittiness of the “annual purge,” this installment hints at taking a more potent social commentary. read more
It may only be January, but Halloween is right around the corner. According to the “Halloweenmovies” official Twitter account (@Halloweenmovies), Saturday January 13th marked the official start of production on the new Halloween reboot. Tagging production companies Blumhouse, Trancas Films and Miramax, the message also included announcements of new cast members that are now on board as well. The tweet can be seen below.
The Halloween remake has caused quite a stir in the horror film community since being announced, unofficially, by comic actor Danny McBride (Aliens: Covenant) last February. At the time, McBride revealed that he and David Gordon Green (Your Highness, Pineapple Express) had been contracted to co-write the script by Jason Blum and that the new movie would pick up after the events of the original 1978 film (disregarding all sequels.) Then John Carpenter, who was attached to the project as an executive producer, revealed that the new film would take place in “sort of an alternate reality.” Plot points have been few and far between, but this latest news on the start of production and the new cast members are a welcome sign that Halloween is progressing. read more
In an interview with CinePop, producer Jason Blum dropped a horror bombshell on the possibility of an Insidious/Sinister crossover. The head honcho at Blumhouse Production went on to state:
“I hope so, I want to. We almost did ‘Insidious’ and ‘Sinister’ and I still feel like we might do that, so I think so. I think we’re going to cross our worlds at some point. I don’t know how yet, but we’re going to try.”
Released in theater less than a week ago, Insidious: The Last Key, continues to impress at the box office already surpassing $50 million dollars. This chapter of the film continues the story of series heroine, Elise Rainier, portrayed once again by Lin Shaye, as she seeks to rid the world of demons. The latest movie is a prequel to the original film released in theaters on April 1, 2011. read more
Variety is reporting that Hulu has reached an agreement with Blumhouse Television to produce a monthly horror anthology.
According to the exclusive report, “The new series, part of the Hulu Originals slate, will deliver viewers 12 self-contained stories — a new episode premiering each month over one year. No writers or producers are yet attached to the project, and several creative details have yet to be settled.”
Hopefully the company will stay away from the American Horror Story structure, “But while the 12 episodes of the series’ first year are expected to function as standalone stories, some narrative device or structural device is expected to connect them.” read more
As creator/director Todd McFarlane and horror mega-producer Jason Blum continue along on their new movie project based upon McFarlane’s Spawn comic book series, we are beginning to hear more and more about what the movie will be like. We already knew that the plan from the start is to create a hard-R rated film with strong horror elements on a low budget. Now, Todd McFarlane is starting to talk about what that might look like- or sound like- on the big screen. It turns out, Spawn won’t speak during the entire film! read more
Universal Studios has released the first trailer for Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare.
Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars) and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) lead the cast in this supernatural thriller which turns the harmless game of “Truth or Dare” into a challenge a bit more sinister. It appears from the trailer that a group of rowdy teens find themselves trapped in a “Jigsaw-like” game here they are punished by unseen forces for not playing the game honorably.
The film is directed and executive produced by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) and produced by Jason Blum. Blumhouse, of course, has become one of the premiere production companies for the horror genre with several other genre titles including Insidious: The Last Key, The Purge: The Island, and Halloween all set for 2018 releases. read more