Blumhouse Productions

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Blumhouse Productions
Private
Industry
Founded 2000
Founder Jason Blum
Headquarters United States
Website blumhouse.com

Blumhouse Productions is an American horror movie production company, founded by Jason Blum.[1] Blumhouse produces micro- and low-budget horror movies, such as the Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge, and Sinister franchises.[2] In 2014, Blumhouse produced the Academy Award–nominated drama film Whiplash, for which Blum was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.[3] The company currently has a 10-year first-look deal with the studio Universal Pictures.[citation needed]

Overview[edit]

According to various stories, the company's model is to produce movies independently and release them wide through the studio system.[4] Blumhouse has a first-look deal with Universal Pictures.[5] Blumhouse's highly profitable credits began in 2009 with Paranormal Activity, which was made for $15,000. The film was released by Paramount Pictures and grossed over $193 million worldwide.[6] Blumhouse produced the Paranormal sequels, Insidious, which grossed over $97 million worldwide on a budget of $1.5 million,[7] and Sinister, which grossed over $77 million worldwide from a budget of $3 million.[2]

Blumhouse has worked with directors such as Scott Derrickson, James DeMonaco, Oren Peli, Scott Stewart and James Wan. Blumhouse's films include its first for Universal Pictures – The Purge starring Ethan Hawke – which debuted on June 7, 2013,[8] Insidious: Chapter 2, released on September 13, 2013[9] and Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, released on January 3, 2014.[10] Films the company produced in 2014 include Stretch, which was released on October 7, The Purge: Anarchy, which opened on July 18, Jessabelle for Lionsgate Entertainment, which was released on November 7,[11] and Whiplash, which was released on October 10, 2014. Blumhouse also produced The Boy Next Door, which was released on January 23, 2015.

On the television side, Blumhouse has a first look deal with Lionsgate, and the company produced the short-lived series Stranded for Syfy and executive produced The River for ABC.[12][13] For Halloween 2012, Blumhouse opened the Blumhouse of Horrors, an interactive haunted house experience in Downtown Los Angeles.[14]

In 2014, Blumhouse established BH Tilt, dedicated to generating movies from Blumhouse and other filmmakers for multi-platform release.[15] The first release from BH Tilt was Eli Roth's The Green Inferno which was released on September 25, 2015.[16] The second release from BH Tilt is Greg McLean's The Darkness which was released on May 13, 2016.[17] The third release from BH Tilt is Brad Peyton's Incarnate which will be released on December 2, 2016.[18] The fourth release from BH Tilt is J.D. Dillard's Sleight which will be released on April 7, 2017.[19]

On May 23, 2016 it was announced that Blumhouse, Miramax and Trancas would be developing a new Halloween film which they will co-finance. John Carpenter is set to produce the project and act as creative consultant. John Carpenter stated, "Thirty-eight years after the original Halloween, I'm going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all."[20]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Genre Budget Gross Rotten
Tomatoes
2006 Griffin & Phoenix Drama $500,000 $1.4 million N/A
2007 The Fever Drama N/A N/A N/A
2007 The Darwin Awards Comedy N/A $309,408 25%
2008 Graduation Crime N/A N/A 0%
2008 The Reader Drama $32 million $108.9 million 61%
2009 Paranormal Activity Horror $15,000 $193.4 million 83%
2009 The Accidental Husband Drama N/A $22.7 million 6%
2010 Tooth Fairy Comedy $48 million $112.5 million 18%
2010 Paranormal Activity 2 Horror $3 million $177.5 million 58%
2011 Insidious Horror $1.5 million $97 million 66%
2011 Paranormal Activity 3 Horror $5 million $207 million 68%
2012 The FP Comedy $45,000 $40,557 48%
2012 The Babymakers Comedy N/A $475,511 8%
2012 Lawless Crime $26 million $53.7 million 67%
2012 Sinister Horror $3 million $77.7 million 63%
2012 Paranormal Activity 4 Horror $5 million $142.8 million 24%
2012 The Bay Horror $2 million $1.6 million 77%
2013 Dark Skies Horror $3.5 million $26.4 million 41%
2013 The Lords of Salem Horror $1.5 million $1.5 million 44%
2013 The Purge Horror $3 million $89.3 million 37%
2013 Insidious: Chapter 2 Horror $5 million $161.9 million 39%
2013 Plush Thriller $2 million $28,864 29%
2013 Best Night Ever Comedy N/A $289,511 0%
2014 Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Horror $5 million $90.9 million 39%
2014 Oculus Horror $5 million $44 million 73%
2014 13 Sins Horror $4 million $826,252 63%
2014 Not Safe for Work Thriller $2.5 million N/A N/A
2014 The Normal Heart Drama N/A N/A 94%
2014 The Purge: Anarchy Horror $9 million $111.9 million 56%
2014 Mockingbird Horror N/A N/A N/A
2014 Mercy Horror N/A N/A N/A
2014 Whiplash Drama $3.3 million $49 million 94%
2014 Stretch Comedy $5 million $4,833 86%
2014 The Town That Dreaded Sundown Horror N/A N/A 70%
2014 Ouija Horror $5 million $103.6 million 7%
2014 Jessabelle Horror N/A $7 million 26%
2015 The Boy Next Door Thriller $4 million $52.4 million 10%
2015 The Lazarus Effect Horror $3.3 million $38.4 million 14%
2015 Unfriended Horror $1 million $64.1 million 62%
2015 Area 51 Horror $5 million $7,556 20%
2015 Insidious: Chapter 3 Horror $10 million $113 million 58%
2015 Creep Horror N/A N/A 96%
2015 Exeter Horror $2 million N/A N/A
2015 The Gallows Horror $100,000 $43 million 16%
2015 The Gift Thriller $5 million $59 million 93%
2015 Sinister 2 Horror $10 million $52.9 million 13%
2015 The Visit Horror $5 million $98.5 million 64%
2015 The Green Inferno Horror $5 million $12.7 million 34%
2015 Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension Horror $10 million $78.1 million 13%
2015 Jem and the Holograms Drama $5 million $2.3 million 18%
2016 Visions Horror N/A $723,348 21%
2016 Curve Horror N/A N/A N/A
2016 The Veil Horror $4 million N/A N/A
2016 Martyrs Horror $1 million N/A 7%
2016 Hush Horror $1 million N/A 100%
2016 The Darkness Horror $4 million $10.9 million 4%
2016 The Purge: Election Year Horror $10 million $102.4 million 55%
2016 Viral Horror N/A $21,241 N/A

Upcoming films[edit]

Year Film Genre
2016 In a Valley of Violence Western
2016 Ouija: Origin of Evil Horror
2016 Incarnate Horror
2017 Amityville: The Awakening Horror
2017 Split Horror
2017 Sleight Sci-Fi
TBA Stephanie Horror
TBA Lowriders Drama
TBA Get Out Horror
TBA The Keeping Hours Drama

Shorts[edit]

Year Short Genre
2013 Whiplash Drama
2015 Fifteen: Periscope Movie Horror

Television[edit]

Year Show Genre
2009 Washingtonienne Comedy
2012 The River Horror
2013 Stranded Reality
2014 Ascension Sci-Fi
2015 Eye Candy Thriller
2015 Hellevator Horror
2015 South of Hell Horror
2015 #15SecondScare Horror
2016 Judgment Day: Prison or Parole? Reality
2017 Sharp Objects Thriller

Documentaries[edit]

Year Documentary
2006 Stagedoor
2015 Real Scares
2015 The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
2015 How to Dance in Ohio
2016 Alive and Kicking

Bibliography[edit]

Year Books Genre
2015 The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City.  Horror
2016 The Apartment: A Horror Story.  Horror

References[edit]

  1. ^ Puchko, Kristy (September 11, 2013). "Insidious: Chapter 2 Producer Jason Blum Admits Horror Haters Fuel His Drive". Cinema Blend. 
  2. ^ a b Tartaglione, Nancy. "'Sinister' Sequel Brewing As Blumhouse Eyes Hat Trick Of Micro-Budget Franchises". Deadline. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ Merry, Stephanie (February 18, 2015). "Why 'Whiplash' deserves to win the Best Picture Oscar". Washington Post. 
  4. ^ Garrahan, Matthew (May 31, 2011). "Master of thrills on a shoestring". FT.com. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ Fleming, Mike. "Universal Makes First-Look Deal With Jason Blum Of 'Paranormal Activity' And 'Insidious'". Deadline. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Paranormal Activity (2009)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Insidious (2011)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  8. ^ "The Purge – Movie Trailers – iTunes". Trailers.Apple. June 7, 2013. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  9. ^ Miller, Ryan (April 9, 2013). "Insidious: Chapter 2 will open on Friday the 13th – Horror Movie News – Arrow in the Head". Joblo. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Paramount Dates Next 'Paranormal Activity' For October 25, 2013". Deadline. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Jessabelle Trailer, News, Videos, and Reviews". Coming Soon. January 14, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Feature Producer Jason Blum Signs First-Look Television Deal With Lionsgate". Deadline. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  13. ^ "About – Stranded". SyFy. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  14. ^ Fritz, Ben (September 6, 2012). "'Paranormal Activity' producer branches out into haunted houses". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  15. ^ Fleming, Mike (2014-09-04). "Blumhouse Launches Multi-Platform Arm BH-Tilt". Deadline. Retrieved 2015-08-22. 
  16. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (June 1, 2015). "Eli Roth's 'Green Inferno' To Finally Bow Sept. 25 Via Blumhouse BH Tilt, Uni & High Top". Deadline.com. Retrieved April 8, 2016. 
  17. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (February 18, 2016). "'The Darkness' Trailer: Young Michael Has Been Acting Strange Lately". Deadline.com. Retrieved April 8, 2016. 
  18. ^ http://www.thewrap.com/wwe-partners-blumhouse-aaron-eckhart-exorcism-thriller-incarnate/
  19. ^ http://variety.com/2016/film/markets-festivals/wwe-blumhouse-magician-thriller-sleight-1201690877/
  20. ^ http://deadline.com/2016/05/john-carpenter-halloween-miramax-trancas-blumhouse-1201761796/