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.
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
Back in March of this year, it was announced by Blumhouse Productions that a supernatural horror movie called Truth or Dare would be given the green light. With Lucy Hale (Scream 4) set to star, Truth or Dare would continue to add to its impressive young cast over the next few months to include Aurora Perrineau (Jem and the Holograms) and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) among others. All that was missing was a release date…..until now. Blumhouse has formerly announced that Truth or Dare will be released in theaters and VOD (presumably) on April 27th, 2018. Deadline was the first to break the news. read more
Have you ever wondered what the blood-thirsty murderers that partake in the annual Purge do for the other 364 days a year? Wonder no more, as the website Den of Geek recently interviewed Blumhouse Productions head Jason Blum, who divulged additional details on the upcoming television series based on the successful film franchise. The Purge series, scheduled to debut sometime in 2018, will focus on the characters during the year when they’re not purging and offers a fresh take on the story line laid out by the first three films (with a fourth movie in the can for next year). read more
Blumhouse dropped a Twitter bomb today with the reveal/Tweet that Jamie Lee Curtis would be returning to reprise her iconic role as Laurie Strode in Halloween. While this is not the first time Curtis has revisited her role as Laurie Strode, as shes appeared in the fan favorite Halloween: H20 back in 1998, it is nevertheless amazing to see her in the same clothes, on the same porch, and in the same bad situation she was in nearly 40 years ago.
Halloween creator and legendary director John Carpenter will also be involved in the project as executive producer and creative consultant alongside Jason Blum. David Gordon Green will be directing the highly anticipated film, which is being describe as Laurie Strode’s final confrontation with Michael Myers. read more
Director Eli Roth has filmed a number of horror films, but he’s never filmed a commercial about any of his, and certainly not one about films and television shows he hasn’t directed.
Universal Studios Orlando and Hollywood released a 30 second spot by Roth featuring a number of their horror houses from this year’s annual event. Roth’s commercial features a veritable Halloween feast of classic scenes from the Shining, Saw, and American Horror Story.
Earlier this week, Universal Studios Orlando announced a “best-of” house called “The Horrors of Blumhouse” which will feature a triple threat of Blumhouse studio hits including: The Purge, Insidious, and Sinister. read more