When it comes to horror movies, there hasn’t been anything as popular as the low budget horror movies that have come from Blumhouse Productions over the past few years. Taking the template set by directors such as James Wan (“Saw”), Blumhouse has taken truly scary ideas and created fantastic movies on a budget that guarantees that they are box office successes.
With their impressive track record, Blumhouse just signed a new deal with Universal Pictures to make three new horror films for the studio, and while details are unknown at the time, there is no doubt that Universal sees Blumhouse’s films as the future of horror movies. The three films will see a release schedule staggered over a one year period, with the first film hitting in September 2015, followed by the second in January 2016 and the third in October 2016.
With Blumhouse setting up their three new horror movies, here is a look at what they have done to gain them this opportunity.
Blumhouse hit it big right out of the gate with Oren Peli’s “Paranormal Activity.” The movie was the biggest found footage movie since “The Blair Witch Project,” and was made on a similar low budget. The budget for making the movie was $15,000 and Paramount bought the U.S. rights for $350,000. It ended up making almost $200 million at the box office and its fifth sequel hits in October 2014.
Blumhouse teamed with “Saw” director James Wan for the horror movie “Insidious.” The story was very scary, as a young boy was possessed by an evil demon and his father needed to find a way to save him before it was too late. The film had a better cast than “Paranormal Activity,” with Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Barbara Hershey, and was another huge success for the production company. Despite the nice cast and improved production values, the movie was still made for only $1.5 million and went on to hit almost $100 million worldwide.
In 2012, Blumhouse got their biggest actor to date when Ethan Hawke signed on to star in “Sinister.” This movie was a haunted house horror movie about a true crime writer who moves his family into a house where a mass murder took place only to find out that supernatural elements were involved, and his family is the next target. Scott Derrickson, the director who just signed on to make Marvel’s “Dr. Strange,” helmed the movie. The budget was better, but was still a low $3 million, and it once again almost hit $100 million at the box office.
In 2013, a different kind of horror movie came from Blumhouse. Ethan Hawke returned for his second outing with the company to star in “The Purge.” In this movie, a future society has eliminated almost all crime thanks to what they call The Purge, which allows all crime – including murder – to be legal for 12 hours. Hawke’s family has a fortified home, but when it is breached during The Purge, their lives are put in immediate danger. Once again, the budget was an amazingly low $3 million and it copied the success of “Sinister.”