Blumhouse Productions

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Blumhouse Productions
IndustryMotion picture
Founded2000; 21 years ago (2000)
FounderJason Blum
Area served
Key people
Jason Blum
Couper Samuelson
Jeanette Volturno
Beatriz Sequeira
Ryan Turek
Jennifer Scudder Trent
Karen Barragan
DivisionsHaunted Movies
BH Tilt (with Neon)
Blumhouse International
Blumhouse Television (55%)[1]
Blumhouse Books

Blumhouse Productions (/ˈblʌmhs/;[2] also known as BH Productions or simply BH) is an American film and television production company that was founded in 2000 by Jason Blum.[3] Blumhouse is known mainly for producing horror films, such as Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge, Split, Get Out, Happy Death Day, Halloween, Us and The Invisible Man.[4][5] Blumhouse has also produced drama films, such as Whiplash and BlacKkKlansman, which both earned nominations for the Academy Award for Best Picture; Get Out and BlacKkKlansman won Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay, respectively.[6][7] 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 Leigh Whannell, Jordan Peele, Christopher Landon, James Wan, Mike Flanagan, James DeMonaco, Damien Chazelle, and M. Night Shyamalan.

In 2014, the company signed a ten-year first-look deal with Universal Pictures.[8]



The company's model is to produce films on a small budget, give their directors creative freedom, and release them widely through the studio system.[9] Blumhouse's low-budget model began in 2007 with Paranormal Activity, which was made for $15,000 and grossed over $193 million worldwide.[10] Blumhouse produced Insidious, which grossed over $99 million worldwide on a budget of $1.5 million,[11] and Sinister, which grossed over $87 million worldwide from a budget of $3 million.[4]

In 2010, Haunted Movies was formed as a division for Blumhouse which released Insidious, The River, The Bay and The Lords of Salem. In 2011, Blumhouse inked a deal with Universal Pictures.[12]

In 2013, Blumhouse produced The Purge,[13] Insidious: Chapter 2,[14] and Dark Skies.

In 2014, Blumhouse produced Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones,[15] The Purge: Anarchy, Jessabelle,[16] Ouija and Whiplash.

On September 9, 2014, Blumhouse established BH Tilt, dedicated to generating movies from Blumhouse and other filmmakers for multi-platform release.[17] On September 7, 2017, Blumhouse partnered up with distribution company Neon to manage BH Tilt.[18] The films released by BH Tilt are The Green Inferno,[19] The Darkness,[20] Incarnate,[21] The Resurrection of Gavin Stone,[22] The Belko Experiment,[23] Sleight,[24] Lowriders,[25] Birth of the Dragon,[26] Upgrade,[27] Unfriended: Dark Web[28] and Don't Let Go.[29]

In 2014, Blumhouse signed a first-look deal with Universal Pictures.[30]

In 2015, Blumhouse produced Unfriended, Insidious: Chapter 3, The Gift and The Visit.

In 2016, Blumhouse produced The Purge: Election Year and Ouija: Origin of Evil.

In 2017, Blumhouse produced Split, Get Out and Happy Death Day.

In 2018, Blumhouse produced Insidious: The Last Key, Truth or Dare, The First Purge, and Halloween. Spooky Jack was announced as an upcoming film.[31][32]

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.[33]

In 2019, Blumhouse produced Glass, Happy Death Day 2U, Us, 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.[34]

In 2020, Blumhouse produced Fantasy Island, The Invisible Man, The Hunt, You Should Have Left, The Craft: Legacy, and Freaky.

In 2021, Blumhouse produced The Vigil, The Forever Purge, Halloween Kills and M3GAN.[35]

Television, books, podcasts, and haunted houses[edit]

In 2012, Blumhouse opened the Blumhouse of Horrors, an interactive haunted house experience in Downtown Los Angeles.[36] Blumhouse had also collaborated with Halloween Horror Nights to bring mazes, a terror tram, and scare zones from films and properties such as Insidious, The Purge, Happy Death Day, Sinister, Truth or Dare, Unfriended, Us and Crypt TV.

On November 11, 2014, the company launched Blumhouse Books, dedicated to having filmmakers and authors create original horror and thriller novels.[37]

For television, 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.[38][39] Recently, Blumhouse had 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.[40] Through the subsidiary, the film studio produces and releases installments in the anthological Welcome to the Blumhouse film series.

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.[41] On May 11, 2016, Blumhouse launched their podcast titled Shock Waves with hosts Rob Galluzzo, Elric Kane, Rebekah McKendry, and Ryan Turek.[42][43] On January 16, 2018, it was announced that Mick Garris' horror podcast Post Mortem would be joining Blumhouse's podcast network.[44]

In 2021, Blumhouse produced Fall River for Epix, directed by James Buddy Day. More recently, they signed an unscripted deal with ITV Studios.[45]

On July 26, 2021 it was announced in partnership with WWE Studios, Blumhouse Television would be producing a television series centered on the 1994 United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York criminal court case brought against Vince McMahon, chairman of the World Wrestling Federation on suspicion of supplying illegal anabolic steroids to his professional wrestlers. The series is executive produced by McMahon and Kevin Dunn, WWE Executive Producer and Chief of Global Television Distribution.[46][47][48]

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