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 $15,000, but yielded a tidy $193 million international profit.
Not too shabby, Blum.
Movie Pilot'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 hit films.
So let's take a walk down that creepy memory lane, shall we?
1. Paranormal Activity (2007)
Blum admits that while he felt Paranormal Activity was an insanely terrifying film filled with jump scares, he definitely didn't think it would garner the attention it did. 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 Whannell pitching the film in Blum's cramped 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 was well aware that the two knew what they were doing, seeing 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 Malaparte 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, as part of the agreement, he wasn't supposed to. He was incredibly nervous and shocked at the horrific happenings the actors portrayed.
5. The Darkness (2016)
Blum and Kevin Bacon first met in New York and have been talking about this film for five years. Blum mentions this to show just how long it can take to get a movie made. Currently, Blum and Bacon are working together on the TV series Tremors, based on the films.
Blum's latest film The Darkness hits theaters tomorrow on Friday the 13th — unless you're too superstitious to venture out of your home on such a cursed day. Check out the chilling trailer below: