Blumhouse Productions has become the most significant new player in horror over the last decade. The production company, founded by Jason Blum in 2000, has produced popular franchises such as Paranormal Activity, The Purge, and Insidious. More recently, the company has expanded its genre focus with standout films such as Whiplash, Get Out, and Split, to name just a few.
Even as the company diversifies into television and books, Blumhouse’s greatest asset is its film slate. We’ve seen a few Blumhouse films already this year, including Insidious: The Last Key and Truth or Dare. There’s still more to come, including a couple of our most anticipated releases. Here are three Blumhouse horror films still to come in 2018.
- Director: Leigh Whannell
- Cast: Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, Harrison Gilbertson, Benedict Hardie
- Release Date: June 1, 2018
After co-creating the Saw series and making his directorial debut with Insidious: Chapter 3, Leigh Whannell is back for another Blumhouse collaboration. This sci-fi thriller follows Grey Trace (Logan Marshall-Greene) after he is violently mugged, leaving him paralyzed and his wife dead. An inventor offers Grey an implant which gives him the ability to walk again – and also gives him superhuman strength. With his new powers, Grey is determined to avenge his wife’s murder. The movie was screened at SXSW, where it garnered positive reactions and won an audience award.
The First Purge
- Director: Gerard McMurray
- Cast: Y’Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Melonie Diaz, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez, Marisa Tomei
- Release Date: July 4, 2018
Blumhouse expands one of the company’s most popular franchises this summer with the fourth installment of The Purge. The First Purge is a prequel to the existing trilogy, as it explains how the infamous Purge Night came to be. In short, the New Founding Fathers of America put a sociological theory to the test, allowing citizens to vent aggression for one night in order to lower the crime rate for the rest of the year. The intention is for the experiment to be contained to one community, but the chaos and violence quickly spread across the nation.
- Director: David Gordon Green
- Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Will Patton, James Jude Courtney, Nick Castle, Andi Matichak, Omar J. Dorsey
- Release Date: October 19, 2018
The Halloween revival from David Gordon Green and Danny McBride is one of the most anticipated films of the year, especially for horror fans. The sequel is going back to the roots of the franchise with the return of Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, once again facing off against killer Michael Myers. This movie is a direct sequel to the original Halloween, which premiered in 1978. It throws a curveball by erasing all previous sequels, ultimately re-imagining the franchise. Besides the return of Jamie Lee Curtis, fans will be happy to know that Nick Castle also returns as The Shape, aka Michael Myers, and that series creator John Carpenter is also heavily involved in the project.