Following the smashing box office success of 2017’s Blumhouse Production Happy Death Day, the inevitable sequel is starting to round into shape. After raking in close to $115 million on an estimated $4.8 million budget, the sequel will see the main players return to their roles while adding new cast-members around them. This is welcome news for horror fans, as we now have a chance to relive the ghoulishness of the first movie with all-new details, much like the premise of the original film.
Fans of the Halloween franchise have been pining for a trailer, teaser, poster…any new word about the new Halloween recently wrapped by Blumhouse Productions. Well, today Blumhouse, along with development director Ryan Turek, finally tweeted the first poster for the new film.
Set to release on October 19th, the new Halloween picks up where the original 1978 John Carpenter classic left off. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle (the original Shape) as Laurie Strode and Michael Myers. Based on a script from Danny McBride and David Gordon Green, the synopsis of the upcoming film reads: read more
There was a point in my life where someone posing the question “truth or dare” would make my heart race and my palms sweaty, but apparently those days are over. On Tuesday, April 10th I attended an advance screening of Jeff Wadlow’s Truth or Dare. A movie (I thought) had a lot of promise behind it with its talented youthful cast and the powerful Blumhouse studios behind it.
The films cold open started with a bang. We meet an unknown character in a gas station who looks like she’s at the end of her rope and it only escalates from there. Unfortunately, this opening is also where the shock and surprise ends. read more
When it comes to box office returns for horror films this year, the releases have been relatively “quiet” at the box office, until Paramount’s A Quiet Place was released this weekend. According to preliminary reports, A Quiet Place will win this weekend’s box office with $50.4 million, making it the second highest opening so far this year, behind only Black Panther.
Unlike last year, which saw Split and Get Out dominate the winter box office frame, no horror film has been able to capture the attention of audiences in a similar fashion. Although profitable, many of the horror films (most notably Winchester, Strangers: Prey at Night, and Unsane with $25, $24, and $8 million respectively) under performed, with the exception of Insidious: The Last Key surprising everyone with a $67 million dollar take and an additional $100 million overseas. A Quite Place is poised to do much better however, taking in almost 75% of Insidious’ domestic gross in its first weekend alone. read more
Via Variety, Blumhouse Pictures is cooking up something scary with Kevin Bacon to produce and star in the horror-thriller You Should Have Left with David Koepp as director from his own script for Jason Blum’s namesake company, Blumhouse Productions.
Based on Daniel Kehlmann’s 2017 novel of the same name, the story centers on a screenwriter in a remote house in the Alps working on the follow-up to his hit film. The main character starts to lose his bearings due to unexplained occurrences.
Bacon initiated the project by bringing it to Koepp and the duo optioned the project to Blumhouse. read more
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. read more
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