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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Halloween 2018 Is The Sequel Carpenter’s Original Masterpiece Deserves

The wait is finally over. Nearly 40 years after John Carpenter’s original Halloween terrified audiences, Blumhouse Productions has released their long-awaited sequel. Based on a screenplay by Danny McBride, Jeff Fradley, and David Gordon Green, Halloween 2018 has posed itself as a direct sequel to Carpenter’s film. Every other sequel in the series is being ignored. […]

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Seven in Heaven: Worse Than a Game of ‘Spin the Bottle’

Blumhouse Productions must have its own version of ‘Santa’s Workshop’ hidden away somewhere. I can almost see a secret army of filmmakers and writers toiling around the clock to produce an endless stream of cheap horror films. Case in point – new teen horror film, Seven in Heaven. Blumhouse unceremoniously dumped Seven in Heaven today […]

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Halloween (2018): Breaking Down the Second Trailer

Forget the calendar, it’s September and for horror fans that makes it unofficially fall. With just over a month before the new Halloween is set to hit theatres, Universal Studios and Blumhouse Productions have seriously ramped up the marketing efforts. Earlier this week, a new poster with the tag ‘Face Your Fate’ was released. Yesterday […]

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Upgrade: The Revenge Thriller Gets a Gets a Software Update

Jason Blum continues to tighten his grasp over the horror corner of the box office in 2018. While Truth or Dare received tepid reviews, it still grossed just north of $40 million on a tiny $3.5 million production budget earlier in April (Box Office Mojo, nd). Later this year Blumhouse still has the latest Halloween sequel […]

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The First Purge: A Franchise Reborn With Its Best Entry Yet

The ‘Year of Blumhouse Productions’ marches on in 2018. While Insidious: The Last Key and Truth or Dare were critical duds, both films were box office successes. With the new Halloween still a few months in the distance, Jason Blum is tiding us over with The First Purge. Despite being the fourth film in the […]

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