Blumhouse Productions

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Blumhouse Productions
Industry Motion picture
Genre Horror
Founded 2000; 18 years ago (2000)
Founder Jason Blum
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, United States
Area served
Owner Jason Blum

Blumhouse Productions is an American film and television production company, founded in 2000 by Jason Blum.[1] Blumhouse is mostly known for producing low-budget horror films, such as Get Out, Insidious, The Purge, Split, Paranormal Activity, Unfriended, Sinister, Creep and The Gift.[2][3] In 2014, Blumhouse produced the Academy Award–winning film Whiplash, for which Blum was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.[4] In 2014, the company had signed a 10-year first-look deal with Universal Pictures.[5]


According to various stories, the company's model is to produce movies independently and release them wide through the studio system.[6] Blumhouse's low-budget model 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.[7] Blumhouse produced Insidious, which grossed over $97 million worldwide on a budget of $1.5 million,[8] and Sinister, which grossed over $77 million worldwide from a budget of $3 million.[2] In 2014, Blumhouse signed a first-look deal with Universal Pictures.[9] Blumhouse and Eli Roth have a digital network called Crypt TV where they release horror shorts and other content on social media outlets.[10] On May 11, 2016 Blumhouse launched their podcast titled Shock Waves with hosts Rob Galluzzo, Elric Kane, Rebekah McKendry and Ryan Turek.[11][12] On January 16, 2018 it was announced that Mick Garris’ horror podcast Post Mortem would be joining Blumhouse’s podcast network.[13]

Blumhouse has worked with directors such as James Wan, Mike Flanagan, James DeMonaco, M. Night Shyamalan and Scott Derrickson. Blumhouse's films include its first for Universal Pictures – The Purge starring Ethan Hawke – which debuted on June 7, 2013,[14] Insidious: Chapter 2, released on September 13, 2013[15] and Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, released on January 3, 2014.[16] 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,[17] and Whiplash, which was released on October 10, 2014. In 2015 Blumhouse produced Unfriended, Insidious: Chapter 3, Creep, The Gift and The Visit. In 2016 Blumhouse produced Hush, The Purge: Election Year, In a Valley of Violence and Ouija: Origin of Evil. In 2017 Blumhouse produced Split, Get Out, Happy Death Day and Creep 2.

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 with Amblin Television for ABC.[18][19] For Halloween 2012, Blumhouse opened the Blumhouse of Horrors, an interactive haunted house experience in Downtown Los Angeles.[20]

On September 9, 2014 Blumhouse established BH Tilt, dedicated to generating movies from Blumhouse and other filmmakers for multi-platform release.[21] The releases from BH Tilt are The Green Inferno,[22] The Darkness,[23] Incarnate,[24] The Resurrection of Gavin Stone,[25] The Belko Experiment,[26] Sleight,[27] Lowriders,[28] Birth of the Dragon,[29] Upgrade,[30] and Delirium.[31]

On November 11, 2014 the company launched Blumhouse Books, dedicated to having filmmakers and authors create original horror and thriller novels. The first couple releases are The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City (2015), The Apartment (2016), Feral (2017), Meddling Kids (2017) and Haunted Nights (2017).[32][33]

Jason Blum has spoken to Joel Silver twice about doing a co-production with Dark Castle Entertainment for Universal to distribute but they haven't found the right project yet.[34]

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."[35] On February 9, 2017 John Carpenter announced that the next Halloween film would be released on October 19, 2018, and is going to be written by David Gordon Green and Danny McBride and will be directed by Green.[36] The film is said to be a direct sequel to Halloween (1978).[37][38] The film will be distributed by Universal Pictures, their first involvement in the franchise since distributing 1982's Halloween III: Season of the Witch.

On April 26, 2017 M. Night Shyamalan announced on his Twitter that Blinding Edge Pictures, Blumhouse, Touchstone Pictures and Universal Pictures will release Glass, the sequel to Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2017). The film is set to be released on January 18, 2019.[39]

In May 2017, producer Jason Blum confirmed that Blumhouse would be working on the film adaptation of the highly successful indie horror game, Five Nights at Freddy's[40] after securing the rights from Warner Bros. Pictures, who initially announced the film adaptation back in April 2015. Blumhouse will be working close with the games creator, Scott Cawthon, to make the film. In February 2018, it was announced that Chris Columbus would direct and write the film, besides producing it alongside Blum and Cawthon.[41]

On August 1, 2017, it was announced that DreamWorks Animation would be working on Blumhouse's first animated film, Spooky Jack.[42] The film is set to be released on September 17, 2021.[43]


Year Film Director Genre Budget Gross
2009 Paranormal Activity Oren Peli Horror $15,000 $193.4 million
2010 Paranormal Activity 2 Tod Williams $3 million $177.5 million
2011 Insidious James Wan $1.5 million $97 million
Paranormal Activity 3 Henry Joost
Ariel Schulman
$5 million $207 million
2012 The Babymakers Jay Chandrasekhar Comedy N/A $475,511
Sinister Scott Derrickson Horror $3 million $77.7 million
Paranormal Activity 4 Henry Joost
Ariel Schulman
$5 million $142.8 million
The Bay Barry Levinson $2 million $1.6 million
2013 Dark Skies Scott Stewart $3.5 million $26.4 million
The Lords of Salem Rob Zombie $1.5 million $1.5 million
The Purge James DeMonaco $3 million $89.3 million
Insidious: Chapter 2 James Wan $5 million $161.9 million
Plush Catherine Hardwicke Thriller $2 million $28,864
Best Night Ever Jason Friedberg
Aaron Seltzer
Comedy N/A $289,511
2014 Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Christopher Landon Horror $5 million $90.9 million
Oculus Mike Flanagan $44 million
13 Sins Daniel Stamm $4 million $826,252
The Normal Heart Ryan Murphy Drama N/A N/A
The Purge: Anarchy James DeMonaco Horror $9 million $111.9 million
Mockingbird Bryan Bertino N/A N/A
Mercy Peter Cornwell N/A N/A
Stretch Joe Carnahan Crime $5 million N/A
Not Safe for Work Joe Johnston Thriller $2.5 million N/A
Whiplash Damien Chazelle Drama $3.3 million $49 million
The Town That Dreaded Sundown Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Horror N/A N/A
Ouija Stiles White $5 million $103.6 million
Jessabelle Kevin Greutert N/A $7 million
2015 The Boy Next Door Rob Cohen Thriller $4 million $52.4 million
The Lazarus Effect David Gelb Horror $3.3 million $38.4 million
Unfriended Leo Gabriadze $1 million $64.1 million
Area 51 Oren Peli $5 million $7,556
Insidious: Chapter 3 Leigh Whannell $10 million $113 million
Creep Patrick Brice N/A N/A
Exeter Marcus Nispel $2 million $291,097
The Gallows Chris Lofing
Travis Cluff
$100,000 $43 million
The Gift Joel Edgerton $5 million $59 million
Sinister 2 Ciaran Foy $10 million $52.9 million
The Visit M. Night Shyamalan $5 million $98.5 million
The Green Inferno Eli Roth $12.9 million
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension Gregory Plotkin $10 million $78.9 million
Jem and the Holograms Jon M. Chu Musical $5 million $2.3 million
2016 Visions Kevin Greutert Horror N/A $1 million
Curve Iain Softley N/A N/A
The Veil Phil Joanou $4 million N/A
Martyrs Kevin Goetz
Michael Goetz
$1 million $397,072
Hush Mike Flanagan N/A
The Darkness Greg McLean $4 million $10.9 million
The Purge: Election Year James DeMonaco $10 million $118.6 million
Viral Henry Joost
Ariel Schulman
N/A $551,760
In a Valley of Violence Ti West Western N/A $61,797
Ouija: Origin of Evil Mike Flanagan Horror $9 million $81.7 million
Incarnate Brad Peyton $5 million $9 million
2017 Split M. Night Shyamalan $9 million $278.5 million
The Resurrection of Gavin Stone Dallas Jenkins Drama $2 million $2.3 million
Get Out Jordan Peele Horror $4.5 million $255 million
The Belko Experiment Greg McLean $5 million $11.1 million
Sleight J.D. Dillard Sci-Fi $250,000 $4 million
Lowriders Ricardo de Montreuil Drama $916,000 $6.3 million
Birth of the Dragon George Nolfi Action N/A $7.2 million
Happy Death Day Christopher Landon Horror $4.8 million $122.6 million
Creep 2 Patrick Brice N/A N/A
Amityville: The Awakening Franck Khalfoun N/A $7.7 million
Like.Share.Follow. Glenn Gers N/A N/A
Totem Marcel Sarmiento N/A N/A
2018 Insidious: The Last Key Adam Robitel $10 million $165.9 million
Benji Brandon Camp Family $6 million N/A
Family Blood Sonny Mallhi Horror N/A N/A

Upcoming films[edit]

Year Film Director Genre
2018 Truth or Dare Jeff Wadlow Horror
Stephanie Akiva Goldsman
Upgrade Leigh Whannell
The First Purge Gerard McMurray
Halloween David Gordon Green
2019 Glass M. Night Shyamalan Thriller
2021 Spooky Jack N/A Animation
TBA Only You Jacob Estes Horror
Unfriended: Dark Web Stephen Susco
The Gallows 2 Chris Lofing
Travis Cluff
Thriller Dallas Jackson
Seven in Heaven Chris Eigeman
Ma Tate Taylor
The Keeping Hours Karen Moncrieff
Delirium Dennis Iliadis
Abandoned Franck Khalfoun
Sweetheart J.D. Dillard
Happy Death Day 2 Christopher Landon
The Night James DeMonaco
Five Nights at Freddy's Chris Columbus
Spawn Todd McFarlane
Stockholm Robert Budreau Crime
Black Klansman Spike Lee
Between the Earth and Sky Veena Sud Drama

Short films[edit]

Year Short Director Genre
2013 Whiplash Damien Chazelle Drama
2015 Fifteen: Periscope Movie Gavin Michael Booth Horror


Year Show Genre Notes
2012 The River Horror TV series
2013 Stranded Reality
2014 Ascension Sci-Fi Miniseries
2015 Eye Candy Thriller TV series
Hellevator Horror
South of Hell
2016 Judgment Day: Prison or Parole? Reality
12 Deadly Days Horror Miniseries
2017 Cold Case Files Reality TV series
2018 Sharp Objects Thriller
Tremors Horror
The Purge
Scare Tactics
Ghoul Miniseries


Year Documentary Director
2015 The Jinx: The Life and Death of Robert Durst Andrew Jarecki
2016 How to Dance in Ohio Alexandra Shiva
2017 Election Day: Lens Across America Henry Jacobson
Emma Tammi
Alive and Kicking Susan Glatzer
2018 This is Home: A Refugee Story Alexandra Shiva
Bathtubs Over Broadway Dava Whisenant


Year Book(s) Author(s) Genre
2015 The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City.  Various Authors Horror
2016 The Apartment.  S.L. Grey
2017 Feral.  James DeMonaco
B.K. Evenson
Meddling Kids.  Edgar Cantero
Haunted Nights.  Various Authors
2018 Bad Man.  Dathan Auerbach
This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us.  Edgar Cantero Thriller


Year Comic(s) Genre Notes
2017 Sleight #1 Sci-Fi Tie-in prequel comic to Sleight (2017)


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