The founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, Jason Blum revealed that Get Out is the perfect Blumhouse movie. If you have forgotten about the masterpiece of writer/director Jordan Peele, let me help you.
The movie was 2017’s biggest hit as both audiences and critics even won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. It revolves around the main character Chris who is a young African American. He goes to visit his girlfriend’s parents for a weekend getaway but has become a part of something way more sinister.
Blumhouse Productions is known for a specific type of horror/thriller film, one that is characterised by low budgets, constrained stories, and lesser-known directors. Blumhouse’s great success can be attributed in part to the original Paranormal Activity, and Jason Blum has subsequently produced over 200 films.
The Purge, Happy Death Day, Insidious, Sinister, Freaky, and 2018’s Halloween are just a few of Blumhouse’s other films. Blumhouse’s distinct approach to filmmaking allows for a limited number of films each year, with Halloween Kills, a direct sequel to 2018’s Halloween, planned for release next year.
Blum said in a recent interview with Collider that Get Out is the perfect example of a Blumhouse film in terms of the basic pillars upon which his firm is constructed. The film’s modest budget, entertainment value, and social commentary, he says, are significant reasons why it works so well and stands out as a representative of Blumhouse and what it stands for. Here’s the rest of Blum’s Take on Get Out:
“At best, it’s the ultimate of what I’m trying to do. It’s low budget. (And) It’s a director, who at the time, nobody believed in. It’s scary, it’s entertaining, it’s well acted. And it has something to say. I mean, it’s like the perfect Blumhouse movie in every way.”
Peele Has Many Other Relative “Unknowns”
Jordan Peele was most recognised for his comedic talents; most notably on Comedy Central’s Key & Peele; before directing Get Out, although he had no prior experience writing or directing feature films. Blum took a gamble on Peele and his script for Get Out, as he has with many other relative “unknowns.”
Of course, not every bet pays off, and Blumhouse has a history of underperforming pictures. The beauty of the Blumhouse business model; on the other hand, is that even if films don’t live up to expectations; the company’s smaller budgets prevent them from being a significant loss.