Live Poll: Favorite Blumhouse Productions Horror Movie

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Blumhouse Productions is an independent production company known mainly for producing low-budget horror films. Its business model is to produce films on a small budget, give their directors creative freedom and release them wide (600+ theaters) through the studio system. Founder Jason Blum has become one the most influential producers in Hollywood by delivering some of the most profitable horror movies in recent years. Blumhouse, recently signed a deal with Universal to remake the studio's legendary monster movies from the 30’s and 40’s.

Which of these Blumhouse-produced movies is your favorite horror film?

See the partial list of Blumhouse-produced horror movies here: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls025338447/

Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/hn0EAWJ3l5g/
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Supplemental or Honorable Mention Blumhouse Horror Movies*
*Successful, but to a lesser extent as indicated by their IMDb vote totals and IMDb ratings.

13 Sins 2014 | Movie 6.3 (29,523)

Happy Death Day 2U 2019 | Movie 6.3 (26,052)

Insidious: The Last Key 2018 | Movie 5.7 (41,905)

The Belko Experiment 2016 | Movie 6.1 (38,289)

Ouija: Origin of Evil 2016 | Movie 6.1 (46,964)

Creep 2014 | Movie 6.3 (30,973)

The Boy Next Door 2015 | Movie 4.7 (34,767)

Truth or Dare 2018 | Movie 5.1 (33,370)

The Green Inferno 2013 | Movie 5.3 (33,166)

Paranormal Activity 4 2012 | Movie 4.6 (58,334)

The Lords of Salem 2012 | Movie 5.1 (25,062)

The Lazarus Effect 2015 | Movie 5.2 (37,628)

Ouija 2014 | Movie 4.5 (43,979) 

Sinister 2 2015 | Movie 5.3 (41,660)

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones 2014 | Movie 5.0 (37,100)

The First Purge 2018 | Movie 5.1 (41,395)
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Wow you could made a Marketing school-case of their business model in Harvard, that guy is quite a strategist! 
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His genius is in his execution, in elevating the genre and now doing it on a larger scale. Personally, I thinking he is just following Roger Corman's playbook. Every producer knows the safest and most profitable movie genre to work in is horror. The movies don't even have to be any good to be commercially successful. Corman took it one step further by getting into distribution by founding two studios, Filmgroup and New World Pictures. I also think Corman made more of a mark on Hollywood and has a larger legacy. But, Blum just turned fifty, so we shall see.

"Corman mentored and gave a start to many young film directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, John Sayles, and James Cameron, and was highly influential in the New Hollywood filmmaking movement of the 1960s and 70s. He also helped to launch the careers of actors like Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern, Sylvester Stallone, Diane Ladd, and William Shatner."
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urbanemovies whenever I watch a Corman movie I'm still shocked as to how he was able to produce and or direct and adequate, enjoyable and charming movie in like two to five days with little to no budget, at times with no proper script. And, to top it off movie still manages to age well and become a cult classic! 
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Yeah, obviously the man didn't reinvent the wheel. 
I didn't need a degree in movie business to figure out that horror must be the most profitable genre, a few years ago, I had written a horror script that could have been shot in any house, involving burglars and a woman who was scared of cockroaches. The thing is : how much money would anyone need to make a horror film, a low budget? Something accessible but realistic.
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Blumhouse standard budget is $5 million for a feature with $10 million allotted to sequels. Obviously, the lower the budget, the higher the profit percentage. Plus, as far as profitability goes, a filmmaker is more able to control the budget than the gross. I can't tell you how may great movies I see today that are being made for $5 million, but its a fair amount. Plus, the production quality is barely noticeable to most movie goers.. The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity were both made with initial budget under $25,000. See my Poll: Micro-Budget Movies That Paid Off Big for a more comprehensive listing of some of the most profitable and cheapest films ever made.

Outside of the horror genre, Christopher Nolan's debut feature, Following was designed to be as inexpensive as possible to make. His budget was $4,000 with a post-acquisition budget of $8,000 after studio ordered conversion from 16mm.

Following was written and planned to be as inexpensive to produce as possible, but Nolan has described the production of the film as "extreme", even for a low-budget shoot. With little money, limited equipment, and a cast and crew who were all in full-time employment on weekdays, the production took a full year to complete.

To conserve expensive film stock,scenes were heavily rehearsed so that just one or two takes were needed to economize on 16mm film stock to ensure that the first or second take could be used in the final edit. Filming took place on Saturdays for three or four months, Nolan shot about fifteen minutes of footage each day. This time frame also moderated the cost of film-stock and allowed him to pay for it out of his salary. For the most part, Nolan filmed without professional film lighting equipment, largely employing available light. This was made easier by the decision to use 16 mm black and white film. He also used the homes of his friends and family as locations. Along with writing, directing, and photographing the film, Nolan also helped in editing and production. (from Wikipedia)

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Perfect, I like that specificity of the 'horror/psychological thriller' genre, a bridge between amateurs and pros, making your bones with what's at hands, reminds me of that moment in "The Bad and the Beautiful" when they realize their costume for cat monsters look too silly to scare anyone and then they decide to use darkness and suggest the presence rather than show it... 
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I wouldn't call Glass a horror movie, it's more of a superhero drama/thriller. Split though I would put under horror even though it's probably more of a thriller.
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Its a fuzzy line, but I agree its more thriller than horror. I have removed it for the time being. But, many claim thrillers like, Jaws (1975) and The Silence of the Lambs (1991) fall into the horror genre. I don't see much of a difference between the these six movies. 'Jaws' to 'Get Out': The Only 6 Horror Films Ever Nominated for Oscar's Best Picture
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I definitely regard Jaws as a horror film. Alex' death is gruesome enough to clear any doubt.
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I'm one of those people who classify Jaws and Silence of the Lambs as horror movies... why well because they are about a killer shark and a cannibal in addition to a transvestite who skins women respectively. That's pretty horrific in my opinion.
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The Hollywood Reporter calls these six Oscar-nominated Best Pictures horror movies. While, I think it take a different kind of horror movie to get nominated and maybe wouldn't be typical of the genre in general. It does indicate a possible trend that the definition maybe be broadening. They seem to  be progressively becoming less about the monster and more about the thriller aspects.

(in order of release)
1974's The Exorcist (demons),
1976's Jaws (real-life monster), 
1991's The Silence of the Lambs (a human monster),
2000's The Sixth Sense (ghosts), 
2011's Black Swan (psychological thriller),
2017's Get Out (social horror-thriller)
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Hi Urb, may I suggest a few small edits to the last part of the intro? (Just wide -> widely
and 30's and 40's -> 30s and 40s)

...give their directors creative freedom and release them widely (600+ theaters) through the studio system. It recently signed a deal with Universal to remake the studio's legendary monster movies from the 30s and 40s.
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I made the corrections. I also revised the last half of the introduction to better make the point of how next level the Universal pact is going to be.

Blumhouse Productions is an independent production company known mainly for producing low-budget horror films. Founder Jason Blum has delivered some of the most profitable horror movies in recent years. As a result, he has become one the most influential producers in Hollywood. Blumhouse's business model has been to produce films on a small budget, give their directors creative freedom and release them widely (600+ theaters) through the studio system. That model will continue to serve them well in introducing emerging filmmakers.

Recently, Blumhouse signed a landmark deal to remake monster movies from the Universal Studio catalog. Universal's legendary monsters from the 1930s and 1940s are some of the biggest names in the genre and are ripe for a series of reboots. The partnership seems like a natural fit and now places them in direct competition and on a level playing field with the major studios.
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The intro was already really good but your revised version is especially good. I really didn't know anything about Blumhouse but, wow, they produce so many films that seem to belong to a new breed of horror that's more intelligent, socially relevant, and takes psychological thrillers further than before. 

My vote: probably either 'The Gift' or 'Split.' 
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i am not a big  horror fan, but I am fan of creative cinema. I agree they have become the gold standard in the genre and have redefined it. The list is just of the most widely horror visible titles and doesn't include their forays outside the genre with titles like Whiplash (2014) and The Normal Heart (2014). It also neglects the hundreds of well-done, low budget movies that seem to quietly make back their budgets many times over and seem to populate the 10-50k vote range on IMDb.

I notice they release quite few titles through Redbox and Netflix. They seem to excel at consistently having well-written horror/thriller movies. You can almost watch on the fact it on the fact it is a Blumhouse Production, knowing its going to be above average or even better movie. I was particularly impressed with Hush (2016), a $1 million production that seems typical of what they do: Consistently get results while working on modest budgets, by putting the story first.

"Stephen King wrote about the film on April 20, 2016, saying, "How good is Hush? Up there with Halloween and, even more, Wait Until Dark. White knuckle time. On Netflix."[22] Filmmaker William Friedkin, director of The Exorcist, also commented on the film, saying "HUSH is a great horror film...on Netflix. Terrifying."[23]"

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