Blumhouse Productions is an American film and television production company, founded by Jason Blum. Blumhouse is known mainly for producing low-budget horror films, such as Paranormal Activity, The Purge, Get Out, Insidious, Split, Happy Death Day, Upgrade, Sinister, Halloween, and The Gift. Blumhouse has also produced dramatic fare films, such as Whiplash, and BlacKkKlansman, which have earned nominations for the Academy Award for Best Picture. The company also produced The Normal Heart, which won the 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie. Blumhouse has worked with directors such as Jordan Peele, Christopher Landon, James Wan, Mike Flanagan, James DeMonaco, Damien Chazelle and M. Night Shyamalan.
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BH Tilt (with Neon)
According to various stories, the company's model is to produce films on a small budget, give their directors creative freedom and release them wide through the studio system. Blumhouse's low-budget model began in 2009 with Paranormal Activity, which was made for $15,000 and grossed over $193 million worldwide. Blumhouse produced Insidious, which grossed over $97 million worldwide on a budget of $1.5 million, and Sinister, which grossed over $87 million worldwide from a budget of $3 million.
In 2013, Blumhouse produced The Purge, Insidious: Chapter 2, and Dark Skies. In 2014, Blumhouse produced Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, The Purge: Anarchy, Jessabelle, Ouija and Whiplash.
On September 9, 2014 Blumhouse established BH Tilt, dedicated to generating movies from Blumhouse and other filmmakers for multi-platform release. On September 7, 2017 Blumhouse partners up with distribution company Neon to manage BH Tilt. The films released by BH Tilt are The Green Inferno, The Darkness, Incarnate, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, The Belko Experiment, Sleight, Lowriders, Birth of the Dragon, Upgrade, Unfriended: Dark Web and Don't Let Go.
In December 2018, the company hired Netflix's head of public relations Karen Barragan, with Silicon Valley Business Journal noting at the time that Blumhouse was "pushing more aggressively into television and streaming." It had previously signed a deal with Amazon Studios for eight films.
In 2019, Blumhouse produced Glass, Happy Death Day 2U, Ma and Black Christmas. In June 2019, it was announced that Blumhouse would partner with Mattel Films to produce Magic 8-Ball, based on the children's toy of the same name.
Television, books, podcasts, and haunted housesEdit
In 2012, Blumhouse opened the Blumhouse of Horrors, an interactive haunted house experience in Downtown Los Angeles. Blumhouse had also collaborated with Halloween Horror Nights to bring mazes, a terror tram and scare zones from films such as Insidious, The Purge, Happy Death Day, Sinister, Truth or Dare and Unfriended.
On the television side, Blumhouse had 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. Recently, Blumhouse has a first look deal with Universal Television and had released a television series based on The Purge franchise in 2018.
On April 4, 2017, Blumhouse announced the launch of an independent television studio with ITV Studios acquiring a 45% stake. With this investment, Blumhouse Television became an independent television studio and has continued its growth by financing and producing original scripted and unscripted ‘dark’ genre programming for global audiences.
Blumhouse is currently backing Jack Davis and Eli Roth's digital network titled Crypt TV where they release horror shorts and other content on social media outlets. On May 11, 2016 Blumhouse launched their podcast titled Shock Waves with hosts Rob Galluzzo, Elric Kane, Rebekah McKendry and Ryan Turek. On January 16, 2018 it was announced that Mick Garris' horror podcast Post Mortem would be joining Blumhouse's podcast network.
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