Blumhouse Productions

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Blumhouse Productions
Private
Industry
Founder Jason Blum
Headquarters U.S.
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.

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 $99 million worldwide on a budget of $1.5 million,[7] and Sinister, which grossed over $82 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 September 25, 2015. The second release from BH Tilt is Greg McLean's The Darkness which will be released on May 13th, 2016.

Filmography[edit]

Shorts[edit]

Year Film Genre Budget Gross Rotten
Tomatoes
2009 Paranormal Activity Horror $15,000 $193.4 million 83%
2010 Paranormal Activity 2 Horror $3 million $177.5 million 58%
2011 Insidious Horror $1.5 million $99.5 million 66%
2011 Paranormal Activity 3 Horror $5 million $207 million 68%
2012 The Babymakers Comedy N/A $475,511 8%
2012 Sinister Horror $3 million $82 million 62%
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 $27.9 million 40%
2013 The Lords of Salem Horror $1.5 million $1.5 million 45%
2013 The Purge Horror $3 million $89.3 million 38%
2013 Insidious: Chapter 2 Horror $5 million $161.9 million 38%
2013 Plush Thriller $2 million $28,864 29%
2014 Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Horror $5 million $90.9 million 37%
2014 Best Night Ever Comedy N/A $289,511 0%
2014 Oculus Horror $5 million $44.1 million 73%
2014 13 Sins Horror $4 million $826,252 63%
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 Stretch Comedy $5 million $4,833 83%
2014 Not Safe for Work Thriller $2.5 million N/A N/A
2014 Whiplash Drama $3.3 million $49 million 94%
2014 The Town That Dreaded Sundown Horror N/A N/A 69%
2014 Ouija Horror $5 million $103.5 million 7%
2014 Jessabelle Horror N/A $7 million 23%
2015 The Boy Next Door Thriller $4 million $52.4 million 10%
2015 The Lazarus Effect Horror $3.3 million $25.8 million 13%
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 60%
2015 Creep Horror N/A N/A 95%
2015 The Gallows Horror $100,000 $43 million 15%
2015 The Gift Thriller $5 million $59 million 93%
2015 Sinister 2 Horror $10 million $53.3 million 13%
2015 The Visit Horror $5 million $98.4 million 63%
2015 The Green Inferno Horror $5 million $12.6 million 37%
2015 Jem and the Holograms Musical $5 million $2.9 million 20%
2015 Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension Horror $10 million $78.1 million 13%
2016 Curve Horror N/A N/A N/A
2016 Visions Horror N/A $374,176 N/A
2016 The Veil Horror $4 million N/A N/A
Year Short Genre
2013 Whiplash Drama
2015 Fifteen: Periscope Movie Horror
2015 #15SecondScare Horror

Television[edit]

Year Show Genre
2012 The River Horror
2013 Stranded Reality
2014 Ascension Sci-Fi
2015 Eye Candy Thriller
2015 Hellevator Horror
2015 South of Hell Horror

Documentaries[edit]

Year Documentary
2015 Real Scares
2015 The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
2015 How to Dance in Ohio
2016 Alive and Kicking
2016 Judgment Day: Prison or Parole?

Bibliography[edit]

Year Books Genre
2015 The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City.  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.