The Purge Franchise: All crime, Including Murder, is Legal for 12 Hours

Who would have thought that a modestly budgeted home invasion thriller would spawn one of the decade’s more successful franchises? In retrospect, The Purge, which hit theaters in 2013, was exactly the kind of movie upon which Blumhouse Productions has built their success – big concept, small budget. Even if The Purge wasn’t a great […]

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The Hunt: A Perfect Subversive Take-Down For Our Political Times

Finally. Well, sort of. Few movies in recent memory have had quite the path to audiences as The Hunt. Blumhouse Productions originally planned to release their satirical take on The Most Dangerous Game last August. However, after the El Paso And Dayton shootings (and a Donald Trump Tweet), Blumhouse pulled the plug. Unexpectedly, Blumhouse resurrected […]

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The Invisible Man: What You Can’t See Can Be Very Scary

Nearly two years after The Mummy failed to kick off the ‘Dark Universe’, Leigh Whannell (Upgrade) and Blumhouse Productions have resurrected the Universal Monsters. This isn’t the first time Blumhouse has re-ignited a dormant franchise. And Whannell is no stranger to mixing horror and science fiction. While The Mummy was a bloated combination of horror […]

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Fantasy Island: This Fantasy Should Have Stayed on the Small Screen

For the last decade, Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions have dominated horror. Like Universal Studios and Hammer Films before it, Blumhouse movies have defined the genre. But when you pump out movies at the rate Blumhouse does, you’re bound to get the odd misfire. Sooner or later, Get Out and Happy Death Day begets […]

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Bloodline: Serial Killer Thriller Drips With Disturbing Family Legacy

Though Blumhouse Production co-produced Bloodline, the psychological horror movie sat on a shelf after premiering on the festival circuit. On the surface, it’s another serial killer ‘hiding in plain sight’ movie Over the last few years, we’ve seen several similarly-themed movies including The Clovehitch Killer, Summer of 84, and The House That Jack Built. Aside […]

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The Following Has Been Rated: The Case for PG-13 Horror

Several months ago, Blumhouse Productions surprised horror fans with an early Christmas gift. On June 13, Blumhouse announced that not only were they producing a Black Christmas remake, but they were releasing it later this year. Slasher film fans widely regard Bob Clark’s Black Christmas as a precursor to Halloween and the subgenre. Though a […]

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The Gallows Act II: Unnecessary Sequel A Curtain Call for Potential Franchise

Found-footage horror, The Gallows, was a minor hit in 2015. Neither audiences nor critics liked it very much. Yet for some reason, Blumhouse Productions greenlit a sequel pretty quickly. Call it buyer’s remorse, but someone wasn’t in a rush to release The Gallows Act II. After collecting dust for two years, Lionsgate dumped the sequel […]

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Ma: Uneven Thriller Wastes Octavia Spencer

Last year proved to be a busy one for Blumhouse Productions. Major theatrical and limited releases included Insidious: The Last Key, Truth or Dare, Upgrade, The First Purge, Cam, and the Halloween ‘re-quel’. Comparatively, 2019 has been a relatively quiet year. Earlier this year, Blumhouse released Glass and Happy Death Day 2U. Unfortunatley, Universal Pictures […]

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Happy Death Day 2U: A Day Worth Repeating

Blumhouse Productions wasted little time greenlighting a follow-up to their 2017 box office sleeper hit, Happy Death Day. Most of the principal parts that made the original work are back. Jessica Roth stars again along with most supporting players returning along with some new faces. In addition, Christopher Landon pulls double-duty this time around, directing […]

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Insidious The Last Key: Haunted By Franchise Strain

Reviews for the latest Insidious installment have been less than kind. At the time of writing this review, the Tomatometer for Insidious: The Last Key was sitting at a ‘rotten’ 31%. Perhaps better than its 31% rating suggests, The Last Key is certainly ‘Exhibit A’ of the law of diminishing returns. Given that it’s now […]

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