By - Neo2199
**‘Paranormal Activity’ Franchise**
> “It has been enough already. That last ‘Paranormal Activity’ movie was terrible,” he says. “Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin” premiered in 2021, with another instalment currently eyeing a 2023 release.
> “With ‘Halloween,’ we only had the rights to three movies, so we said: ‘Halloween Ends’! It ends for Blumhouse, at least. With other things, you just have this feeling it’s time to put them to bed. It would come back if some director I love, like Scott Derrickson, said: ‘I have a great idea for a ‘Paranormal Activity’ movie. But it’s not something I want to do [at the moment].”
> “We are getting ready to make it. Hopefully, we will do the same thing with ‘The Exorcist’ that we did with ‘Halloween’ – make it in a way that’s fresh and worth revisiting. And feels different enough so that people are happy we did it,” he notes, admitting Gordon Green was the “first choice” to direct it.
> “He is very good at respecting intellectual property that already exists and putting a new spin on it.”
> “I was surprised by it but I understood why they chose to do it. You have a new management, so they want a new start and to brand DC in a certain way,” he says. Pointing out that at Blumhouse Productions, directors “trade big budgets for control.”
**Big budget & filmmaking**
> “The way studio filmmaking works is correlated to budget, the more expensive the movie, the more time the director is strategizing on how they are going to get their way. On a $200 million movie, the director is spending 80% of their time on politics and 20% actually making the movie. On our $4 million movie, 100% of time is spent on making a good movie.”
> Such an approach allows risk-taking, he says, mentioning Derrickson’s “The Black Phone,” which he produced despite not “getting” the script.
> “I thought: ‘O.K, so they talk on the phone in the basement.’ In Hollywood, everything is about ego, so most companies will say ‘no’ if they are so-so on the script. We don’t do that, because our movies are not expensive,” he explains.
> “When the budgets are so big, the people in charge need to think the script is amazing and perfect before they say ‘yes’. But I would rather trust the director than an executive over what’s amazing and perfect.”
> Still, it wasn’t the $68 million budget of Jordan Peele’s “Nope” that prevented them from working together again.
> “He didn’t want me to produce it. I would have! He wanted to do it on his own, which is O.K,” says Blum, who would have also liked to be behind “The Conjuring” movies.
> Admitting he wouldn’t produce a NC-17 movie or work with a first-time director – “I am not a film school. Studios choose a first-time director over a director who had two hits and two misses. I do the opposite” – Blum also opened up about the tricky balance between message and entertainment.
> “Some companies go: ‘I am going to make a scary movie about global warming.’ It doesn’t work! I never say we are exclusively looking for ‘stories with a message.’ As soon as you do that, no one goes to see your films anymore,” he says.
> “If there is a burning desire, which I have a lot of, to talk about political issues, I think horror genre is a great way to do it. But you have to make the film fun and scary first.”
I like how he actually says what he thinks instead of pr fluff.
I know nothing of this guy but this interview makes him sounds pretty straight forward. Is he actually a Hollywood pervert or something and I should I know?
Generally seems like a pretty nice guy. Ethan Hawke's friend, was into theater before all this.
I like how he just says the last Paranormal Activity movie he produced was terrible. And that he didn't get The Black Phone. He just trusted the filmmaker.
I haven’t heard nothing like that, anything I have seen about him makes him seem like he is straight to the point and isn’t interested in huge budgeted movies…. He reminds me of the CEO of Burger King a decade or two ago. The guy took over and said he didn’t care if they didn’t beat McDonalds, he didn’t want the same attention they got with health complaints, he would rather stick to being number 2 and hold it securely. This guy is that way with horror films, which some are great others are ok but I haven’t seen a truly bad movie by Blumhouse. When they took over the Paranormal Activity franchise (after the last one was filmed I believe) he very bluntly said he simply didn’t want any more made, it is a burnt out franchise that he doesn’t want ran into the ground anymore and they will not put out another unless it is truly an amazing idea. I believe it, so we probably won’t see one for at least 5 years.
Blum got involved with Paranormal Activity during post for the first film in the franchise (and has been involved with all sequels seemingly).
Yea but he didn’t have complete control of them like now
I’ve never heard anyone say a bad word about him.
He’s a pretty straightforward guy, tbh.
> The Exorcist
> “We are getting ready to make it.
Well, hurry up! Ellen Burstyn isn't getting any more athletically inclined (:O)
He seems very pragmatic, which I like
This feels refreshingly honest. Hope their Exorcist Trilogy is more consistent in quality and that Halloween Ends is a good trilogy caper.
The last Halloween movie was a joke.
I wasn't a fan as well but hopefully Ends is good.
I liked Kills much more than 2018. It was just Michael going berserk and those flashback sequences looked great
EVIL DIES TONIGHT
Lmao how has paranormal activity not ended already?
Horror franchises are like zombies, they keep on living.
Halloween (13), Hellraiser (11), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (9), A Nightmare on Elm Street (9), Saw (9), Child's Play (8), Wrong Turn (7), The Exorcist (6), Scream (5).
Edit: Added 'Saw' to the list.
It is kinda wild that Nightmare is still langushing tbh
I mean they haven't even made one in over a decade. It's not really languishing anymore, it's just dead (for now at least).
Better wording haha, yeah
No Saw out of all of them?
Totally forgot about 'Saw'. Will add it to the list.
there's like 3 halloween 2s, it's ridiculous
Because they have the production cost of a snickers bar
It basically has in every way that matters
The most recent film was basically an unrelated found footage horror film that they slapped "Paranormal Activity" onto to get made.
I wish they would make a Sinister 3
Sinister 2 was a flop
Sinister 2 only had a $10M budget and it made $53M worldwide.
Yeah, but it was still a disappointment. With marketing, it probably didn’t make a profit.
Don’t get me wrong though- I would love a Sinister 3. I Like the first two
Sinister 2 was one of the worst movies I've ever seen but 1 remains the best movie BlumHouse put out in a decade and if Scott Derrickson came back for a 3 it would rock
I’ve always loved Blum’s attitude, I actually did a presentation on him for my economics class about how well he budgets/manages his movies. He puts his trust into his directors and allows them to make the movies they want, despite their low budgets. Sure Blumhouse puts out some stinkers, but we wouldn’t have gotten some of the best horror films of the past decade without it.
> We borrowed the French auteur system and applied it to very commercial filmmaking.
More like Roger Corman, but potato/potatoe.
He opposes the comparisons to Corman
Fair enough, and funny that I come up with that comparison before looking up to see if anyone else has, but whatevs. Corman never considered himself an artist, Blum likes to think he is, but I think their results are similar, and they both have (had) the over-inflated egos needed to make it happen.
He is right though that Corman would pluck people from obscurity (either film school graduates or just random copy editor ala Jonathan Demme). And Blum distances himself from that model by working with people who already are in the industry (they’re just usually burnouts like Derrickson and Wan or actor/writers like Chazelle and Peele).
Does he mean Next of Kin was terrible?
That's a pretty shitty Thing to say as a Producer, especially since it hit 6,6 on IMDB
He’s said similar things about a lot of his films lol
He gives his directors creative control..
He’s allowed to be honest, he’s his own boss and his company is successful. He’s got nobody’s ego to protect.
And I was over reactive here, I like Blumhouse
Don't pay attention to IMDB scores. Also it had nothing to do with the franchise. It was some random movie they slapped the franchise name on
IMDb scores often help me decide what to watch as I do not thing that some movies on Rotten Tomatoes should be rotten.
Edit: Downvoted, but I am right.
Like I watched They/Them last night and dug the hell out of it. It's only in the 30s on RT.
You should try Letterboxd instead. Its still a user rating site, but I find it more reliable than IMDB, which tends to be a personality contest.
I am more for full reviews then "haha, 4 stars" and not marked spoilers
Hah, I know what you mean. There are a good amount of full reviews there too though! I actually found that if you block the top "meme" reviewers, a LOT of better reviews show up quicker because its a lot of the same people making the joke ones. And you can report reviews that don't have marked spoilers at least.
I hear you. I just go by if the movie interests me. And then head over to check RT if I am in the middle to help break the tie
You're right, it's very blunt and those people are still his employees. Criticism of tthis sort should be made in private
I thought the latest Paranormal Activity was pretty okay; competently made with some creepy imagery. It wasn’t earth shattering, but totally enjoyable for a Saturday evening at home.
The others issues section feels like he learned lessons from Black Christmases failure.
Being a huge horror fan, I am really disappointed with whatevers going on creatively in Blumhouse. So many garbage projects have been greenlighted in the last few years by the studio.
They can’t all be winners, but Blumhouse’s batting average is still pretty great.
For every Fantasy Island, there’s a Invisible Man or The Hunt or Halloween or Us…
This is a really terribly written article. The paragraph about Nope makes no sense??
i hope with The Exorcist, they don't try to inject comedy into it. i can't imagine they would? but David Gordon Green directing The Exorcist doesn't sound like the greatest idea
i feel like that's an issue mainstream horror has suffered from in the past few years, like it always has to produce some laughs
sometimes it works well! but it's a trend i'd like to see calm down
Totally agree. I’m a huge “Halloween” fan and could have done without the laughs in the 2018 film. Still enjoyed it for what it is though.
yeah, i remember there was one scene in particular that kinda rubbed me the wrong way
it was with vicky (the babysitter) and julian... and julian was written to be comic relief i guess. he did a great job! but my audience was still laughing as vicky was literally getting attacked by michael and it just kinda took away from the seriousness of her death. its shit like that that bothers me lol
someone's dying and the audience is giggling