Jason Blum is the producer dominating the horror genre. His low-budget, high profit model churns out films like Paranormal Activity, which was made with only $15K, but yielded a $193.4K profit. Not too shabby, Blum.Moviepilot’s Michelle Siouty and Dash Finley had the pleasure of chatting with Jason Blum just this morning on a segment called Throwback, in which they showed stills from Blum’s biggest film hits. Let’s take a walk down memory lane, shall we?
1. Paranormal Activity (2007)
Blum admits that while he felt Paranormal Activity was an insanely terrifying film filled with jumps and scares, he definitely didn’t know that it would garner the attention it got. It was an absolute game changer that spun the horror genre on its head.
2. Insidious (2010)
Blum tells the story of director James Wan and writer Leigh Wannell pitching the film in Blum’s tiny little office on the Fox lot. Wan mentioned that it would have David Lynch-like vibes, and while Blum wasn’t completely blown away by the story, he knew that the two knew what they were doing as Saw was such a success. 3. Sinister (2012)
Ethan Hawke and Jason Blum actually go way back; Blum worked for Hawke’s theater company Malapart in the early 1990s.
4. The Purge (2013)
The owner of the house that The Purge was filmed at hung out on set even though he wasn’t supposed to. He was incredibly nervous and shocked at the horrific happenings the actor portrayed on set.
5. The Darkness (2016)
Jason Blum and Kevin Bacon met in New York five years prior to talk about this film. Blum mentions this to show just how long it takes to get a movie made. Currently, Blum and Bacon are working together on the TV series Tremors based on the films.
Jason Blum’s latest film The Darkness hits theaters tomorrow on Friday the 13th…unless you too superstitious to venture out of your home on such a cursed day. Check out the chilling trailer below: