The Purge: Election Year is the third instalment in The Purge franchise, a series of films gravitating around an where once a year, crime is legal for a 12 hour period. James DeMonaco’s horror flick has achieved above expectations and proven that sequels are extremely bankable, .
Fans of horror won’t be surprised though: Blumhouse Productions are as prolific as they are profitable. Founded by Jason Blum in 2000, the horror production company is responsible for some of the most successful franchises in the genre. As well as the Purge, their franchises include Paranormal Activity, Insidious and Sinister (which, potentially, ).
They’ve also produced a number of one-off films including the Oscar winning Whiplash (2014) and The Gift (2015). And all of this is done on a micro budget system. Impressive.
Genre fans are almost guaranteed an enjoyable ride with Blumhouse attached to the project. So if you enjoyed The Purge 3, let’s take a look at the upcoming horror slate from the production company:
Release date: July 29, 2016
First on the list is the pandemic themed film with a difference. Viral focuses on the struggle of a family who become contaminated with a virus that has wiped out half of the world’s population. Unlike the virus you’d expect, this wormlike creature turns its host into a psychotic, blood-thirsty killing machine.
Like anyone would do in that situation, while under quarantine, two teenage daughters decide to go to a crazy house party. Rumors of an alternative title, 28 Raves Later, are unfounded.
The film will be directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, who have previously worked on Catfish (2010), Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) and Paranormal Activity 4 (2012).
2. Ouija: Origin of Evil
Release date: October 21, 2016
Considering 2014’s Ouiji earned $103 million against a modest $5 million budget, it was only a matter of time before the franchise was reincarnated one way or another.
Origin of Evil is a prequel to the original, starring an entirely different cast. Set in 1967, the story will center around a fraudulent family seance business, who unwittingly open the door to an evil spirit that possesses the youngest daughter.
Director Mike Flanagan has a good track record with horror, having directed the critically acclaimed Oculus (2013), and this year’s micro budget yet well received Hush.
Release date: December 2, 2016
The third horror set for release by the end of the year is Incarnate, another film to explore the theme of possession and exorcism, a highly effective format for Blumhouse Productions.
Two-Face himself, Aaron Eckhart, an alcoholic who uses technology to enter the subconscious of others. He then dives into the dangerous territory of attempting to enter the mind of a 11-year-old boy who is possessed by a demon.
Release date: 2016
Details are a little sparse on this one, with no set release date announced as of yet. Still, it is expected to be released at some point this year, with Akiva Goldsman on board to direct, having built a reputation as a screenwriter, winning an Oscar for adapted screenplay for A Beautiful Mind (2001).
A young girl, Stephanie, is abandoned at home by her parents. Fortunately, she does have a watchful guardian, in the form of a supernatural force, who becomes seriously annoyed when Stephanie’s parents return. Sort of like Room (2015) with a ghost.
5. Amityville: The Awakening
Release date: January 6, 2017
Since the first movie was released with The Amityville Horror in 1979, the saga has produced no less than 16 different films, with The Awakening being the 17th. Again, the house provides the backdrop of all the creepy events, following a family who unwittingly move into the infamous mansion (someone give that estate agent a promotion).
This time, the family consists of a single mother and her two children, who moved into the house to help pay health costs for the son, who is in a coma. Expect the usual jump scares and supernatural chills.
Which film are you most excited about?
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