On October 19, Blumhouse Productions released Halloween, a direct sequel to the original Halloween from 1978. In the reboot, Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode, who is still traumatized from her encounter with Mike Myers 40 years prior. This time, she has a family to protect—a daughter and a granddaughter—and personal demons to exorcise.
The movie made $77.5 million in its opening weekend; both critics and fans are praising the return to form for the franchise. But this sort of success is par for the course for Jason Blum, founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions.
Blumhouse specializes in low budget horror films, a genre that accomplishes two things. First, the cheap cost allows the filmmakers creative freedom, because the fate of the production company does not ride on a singular, tentpole film. This often leads to better, more quirky films; too many cooks in the kitchen spoil the broth. And second, the possible return on these films is massive. It's not uncommon for a Blumhouse film to make back 10 times, or even 20 times its budget. So instead of a $100 million film barely breaking even, you have a film like Paranormal Activity 2, which was made for $3 million, earning $177.5 million. The low-risk, high-reward model allows the company to take even greater risks.
Jason Blum has an uncommon instinct for clever ideas and talented filmmakers. In recognition of Halloween—both the holiday and the film—we're counting down the top ten Blumhouse-produced horror films, all of which have the right combination of scares, D.I.Y. charm, and low-budget crassness.
If you're staying in on Halloween night and need a late-night movie recommendation, this is an excellent place to start.