‘The Black Phone’ and 9 Other Great Blumhouse Productions Horror Movies

Founded by Jason Blum and Amy Israel in 2000, Blumhouse Productions (which was Blum Israel Productions until 2002) built up a diverse filmography. Defined by its desire to give directors creative freedom and make the most of its relatively modest budgets, Blumhouse Productions has achieved critical acclaim and international recognition with films such as Whiplash and BlacKkKlansmanhowever, the production house has always had a deep connection to horror movies.

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The horror movie genre has seen a dramatic revival throughout the 21st century, and Blumhouse Productions has played a big part in it. After forging a new market with their first films like paranormal activityand Insidiousthey have regularly experimented with genre tropes, doing everything from genre horror comedies to psychological thrillers that challenge our conceptions of society.


“The Black Phone” (2022)

Just the latest in a long line of mind-blowing horror films, The black phone sees Blumhouse Productions return to the heart of horror with a truly chilling viewing experience. Based on Joe Hillit follows a teenager who is kidnapped by a serial child kidnapper and uses a mysterious phone to communicate with former victims.

Atmospheric and spooky, with plenty of scares throughout, the film makes the most of what it has at its disposal, including the talents of the two young stars, Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw. The production house’s ongoing relationship with frequent collaborators Ethan Hawke also reaches new heights, with Hawke utterly terrifying as The Grabber.

‘Hush’ (2016)

A well-crafted home invasion horror hits us where we feel vulnerable, and silence makes the movie even more intense by giving us a deaf-mute protagonist and a truly evil villain. Trapped alone in her remote home after a murderous stalker kills her friend, Maddie (Kate Siegel) must fight to survive a long and arduous night.

He scored Mike Flanaganthe second collaboration with Blumhouse Productions and highlighted his talent for building suspense and concocting great horror sequences that are not soon forgotten. The directors’ fans are working on The Haunting of Hill House, Midnight Massand some of his more recent movies would do well to give silence a watch if they missed it.

“The Purge” (2013)

High-concept horror isn’t something particularly common, especially not in movies, but that’s exactly what fans got with it. The purge. With Ethan Hawke and Lena Headeyit takes place in the not-too-distant future where, to combat rising crime rates, the US government has decided to legalize all crimes for a 12-hour period on an annual basis.

For many, the night is a window of danger to be survived, but it becomes difficult for a suburban family when they inadvertently start protecting a wanted man from a malevolent mob. The horror of the ensuing high-stakes home invasion spawned an expansive universe of Purge films and captivated audiences with his social commentary.

“Paranormal Activity” (2007)

Blumhouse Productions found its first big hit with 2007’s supernatural horror paranormal activity. Making the most of its meager budget and using its signature mockumentary approach to suspenseful perfection, the film follows a young couple haunted by a demon.

He used the launch pad established eight years earlier by The Blair Witch Project to inspire a rekindled fanaticism in horror movies that aspired to be more than sickening, gory slasher flicks. The unprecedented financial downturn has given rise to a paranormal activity series and was a monumental step for the horror film revival that is still enjoyed today.

“Halloween” (2018)

Although this is the 11th installment in the franchise, 2018 Halloween isn’t just the best sequel, it’s the only one worth following John Charpentieris the 1978 original. Blumhouse Productions, with help from Carpenter himself, made the most of the legacy sequel tag, recreating the ending of the very first Halloween and ignoring the decades of lackluster sequels and spinoffs that followed it.

In this take on the Halloween story, Michael Myers was imprisoned after his attack on Haddonfield in 1978, but he escapes captivity and returns to the small town with a vengeance. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is a paranoid drinking loner who has long awaited the return of Michael. Their anticipated confrontation certainly does not disappoint.

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‘Divide’ (2016)

A crazy, disturbing, focused and, at times, very funny race, Divide has been a resounding and rewarding return to form for M.Night Shyamalan. Allowing his love of Hitchcockian horror to spill onto the screen, he crafted an atmospheric and intense thriller that pushed and pushed audiences to the edge of their seats.

james mcavoyThe playful, deranged depiction of a man with 23 different personalities is among the most criminally underrated performances of recent years, with his ability to not only master each of the distinct personalities, but also switch between them seamlessly, an unforgettable element of the film. Fans of Shyamalan Unbreakable would have loved that too with a late cameo from Bruce Willis seeing Divide dubbed the first-ever “stealth sequel”.

“Happy Death Day” (2017)

Donate to horror movies groundhog day treatment, happy day of the dead presented a fun and lively take on the typical slasher movie. It centers around Theresa ‘Tree’ Gelbman (an outstanding performance by Jessica Rothe), a college student forced to relive the day of her murder over and over again until she finds out who wants her dead.

Unafraid to mix genres such as slasher horror, teen comedy and even romance, happy day of the dead leans into delivering a flashy, movie-paced Petri dish that carries a fun energy throughout. It may not have led the viewer to life-changing revelations, but it did allow Blumhouse Productions to play with the horror genre again, and the end result was a delightful surprise.

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‘Weird’ (2020)

Blumhouse Productions found some of its greatest hits through its willingness to experiment with the genre and the concept, but even for them, Weird was a goofy movie. Originally titled “Freaky Friday the 13th”, it’s a body-swapping movie starring Vince Vaughn as a serial killer who switches bodies with one of his targets, a teenage girl struggling with the trials and tribulations of high school.

As good as seeing Vaughn as a 17-year-old girl, the real gem of the film is her counterpart. Catherine Newton who thrives when she ditches the schoolgirl routine and takes over the role of Blissfield’s butcher. Clever, fun and aware of genre tropes, Weird is a bloodthirsty slasher movie that anyone can enjoy.

“The Invisible Man” (2020)

A brilliant, modern and timely reinterpretation of the classic HG Wells novel (and, of course, the 1933 film starring Claude Rains), Leigh Whannel is concerned with a stunning thriller that uses its concept to speak volumes. Elizabeth Moss stars as a woman haunted by her ex-boyfriend, a scientist who she believes faked his suicide and terrorizes her with an invisibility suit he invented.

It’s crazy, refreshing and loaded with social commentary, which Whannell and Moss seem to be embracing with open arms. The end result is a masterfully crafted horror film that has all the scares to delight hardcore fans of the genre with an engrossing story to boot.

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“Get Out” (2017)

If movies like paranormal activity began the resurgence of horror films, then mainstream hits like get out saw the revival of the genre come to an end. They also showed just how far Blumhouse Productions has pushed the genre in the span of 10 years, from famous but largely unsung hits to Oscar glamor and glitz.

Jordan PeleThe sensational debut film was nominated for four Oscars, with the writer/director winning one for his screenplay. The psychological terror that underlies the film – as well as the hilarious satire that for too many has defined it – has sought to pull the rug out from under the sleeping dog in the society that is casual racism and ignorance. general towards him.

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Marjorie N. McClure