Blumhouse's Next 3 Movies: 'The First Purge,' 'BlacKkKlansman,' 'Halloween'

Blumhouse's Next 3 Movies: 'The First Purge,' 'BlacKkKlansman,' 'Halloween'

Apr 16, 2018

The First Purge

Dwayne Johnson's action-adventure Rampage roared at the box office this weekend, earning an estimated $34.5 million and nosing out A Quiet Place for top spot on the charts. In its second weekend of release, the horror-thriller made an estimated $32.6 million, notably dropping just 35.1% from its initial outing.

Despite that competition, Truth or Dare performed strongly as well, taking in $19.08 million, which is a very impressive total in view of its low production budget, reportedly $3.5 million. Of course, millions more were spent on advertising the horror thriller, but the returns reflect the business model employed by Blumhouse Productions: keep the budget as low as possible and then empower the writers and directors with as much creative freedom as possible.  

Starting with Paranormal Activity in 2009 and continuing with Insidious, Sinister, The Purge, Split, Get Out, Happy Death Day and many more, that formula has been fabulously successful for Blumhouse Productions, pleasing fans, filmmakers and financiers with a steady diet of adventurous and distinctive films. What's coming up next in theaters from the company?

 

The First Purge

In the summer of 2013, The Purge became a big success, followed by The Purge: Anarchy and The Purge: Election Year. Each film has also functioned as a social drama of sorts, commenting on the biases that exist in our modern culture. Now James DeMonaco, who wrote and directed the first three films, digs back into the origins of the so-called "Purge Night," which permits all criminal activity, including murder, for one night annually.

Newcomers Y'Lan Noel and Lex Scott Davis star in the prequel, along with Melonie Diaz, Omari Hardwick, Steve Harris and Marisa Tomei. DeMonaco wrote the script; Gerard McMurray directed. The First Purge (pictured at top) will be released in theaters on July 4.

 

BlacKkKlansman

Spike Lee

Although Blumhouse Productions is understandably associated with the horror genre, the company has backed a variety of films in different genres, including Whiplash, which earned producer Jason Blum an Academy Award nomination. So it's really not a surprise to see that Spike Lee's next film will bear the Blumhouse banner.

Lee is always an exciting presence behind the camera and often quite provocative. It sounds like we can expect nothing less from BlacKkKlansman, which follows the infiltration of a local chapter of the KKK by a black police detective in Colorado. It's based on a true story, as related by Ron Stallworth in his book Black Klansman.

John David Washington stars; the cast includes Adam Driver, Laura Harrier and Topher Grace. Jordan Peele (Get Out) served as one of the producers. We won't have to wait long to hear early critical reaction to the film, as it's premiering at the Cannes Film Festival next month, ahead of its theatrical release in the U.S. on August 10.

 

Halloween

Jamie Lee Curtis

The most anticipated horror movie this year, Halloween will reportedly pick up right after the events of John Carpenter's 1978 classic. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode, with Judy Greer costarring as her daughter. The cast reportedly includes Andi Matichak, Will Patton, James Jude Courtney, and Nick Castle as The Shape (aka infamous serial killer Michael Myers).

What makes this new installment especially intriguing is that David Gordon Green and Danny McBride, well-known for their comedies, came up with a new take and wrote the screenplay; Green directed. Carpenter has giving his blessing to the project, and we can only hope that the horror lives up to the hype. We'll find out for ourselves when the film opens in theaters on October 19.

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