The Hollywood industry, and to that extent many others in different countries, have been dominated by big production houses. Their muscle power ensured that the films attracted the biggest movie stars and thus earn large revenue. MGM, Paramount Pictures, and Miramax, to name a few, have been leading establishments who still continue strong. This tradition, though, has undergone a change with the advent of the modern moviegoer.
With diversification in taste, the market has opened up to accommodate niche houses with distinct methods and styles of making films. Blumhouse was founded in 2000 by Jason Blum and created a space for itself with low-budget, high-concept horror movies. The production house has to its name some of the most successful horror franchises in the modern era, also taking a dive into the drama genre with terrific end-products. This list takes a look at some of the best movies produced by Blumhouse, both independently and in collaboration. You can watch several of these really good Blumhouse movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
12. Hush (2016)
Mike Flanagan has established himself as a connoisseur of the horror genre. The American director has time and again produced some intense horror-thrillers, often counted as some of the best ones made in this century. ‘Hush’ stars his wife Kate Seigel as a deaf-mute writer living in a secluded cabin in the woods. When her place, which is as far away from human gaze as possible, gets an unlikely, masked visitor, tensions run high. Can she save her life with no one there to save her life? Flanagan works on similar pneumatic devices that have made his previous work such great success. For instance, in ‘Geral’ds Game’, Flanagan removed from his lead character the ability to move. Constrained by the bedposts, Jessie faced the task of finding a way to use her wits and get out of the situation. ‘Hush’ sees its lead’s ability to speak or hear vanish from her avenues to fight off the invader. Desperation, thus, becomes Flanagan’s defining trait in this work. The only flaw with ‘Hush’ was its rather incohesive narrative structure. Replete with brilliant performances and cleverly knitted set-pieces, Hush is an entertaining film whose inhibitions about its dramatic exposition hinder its progress towards greatness.
11. Happy Death Day (2017)
‘Happy Death Day’ adds to Hollywood’s rich history of narratives set with time loops. With the same formula, the film blends well-liked notions and its rich tenor of humor which is unique and effectively brought out by Jessica Rothe. Tree wakes up in the same place when she is murdered the previous night by a mysterious, masked killer. With the aide of Carter, a stranger she has just met, Tree sets out to find the cause of her time loop and ways to break the chain and return to normalcy. Its more of ‘Happy Death Day’s style than its substance that pulls the movie through. Rothe shoulders the responsibility to spark other characters into life really well. She literally commands the scenes she is in, striking with her ability to dissuade the viewer of its preconceived perceptions about her and making herself extremely accessible. ‘Happy Death Day’ is a fun, popcorn thriller that successfully integrates a new horror element with established narrative tropes.