How much of an introduction does a producer like Jason Blum really need? We all know the name Blumhouse Productions, the production company Blum founded 20 years ago. It was in 2009 the company exploded and discovered a winning formula in modestly budgeted horror movies with low risks and potentially high rewards. Now, Blumhouse is a company whose name attracts as many moviegoers, if not more so, than most name actors.
The latest Blumhouse Production is You Should Have Left, which is writer-director David Koepp returning to Stir of Echoes territory with his leading man, Kevin Bacon. The story is set almost entirely in a house where Bacon can’t escape the past. Based on a german novella by writer Daniel Kehlmann, it’s a modern spin on “The Tell-Tale Heart.”
Recently, we talked to Jason Blum about the atmospheric horror movie, daily operations at Blumhouse, reopening theaters, VOD, and more.
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There’s an entire cottage industry devoted to horror movies where characters go to a new location – rented house, big old hotel, etc. – to get away from it all, only to end up dealing with things that go bump in the night. There’s nothing wrong with trodding over familiar ground – there are approximately ten billion adaptations of Dracula, after all – but if you’re going to construct a getaway horror story, you’d be well-served to give viewers something fresh to view. Which is what David Koepp tries, sort of, with You Should Have Left.
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Sometimes the worst demons in a horror movie aren’t the ones that terrorize you from within a haunted house, but the personal ones you harbor. In You Should Have Left, we get a little bit of both, as Kevin Bacon plays a man who books a vacation house with his wife and child, and finds that his inner demons are becoming startlingly real. Universal has released a You Should Have Left featurette that gives the spotlight to the beautiful but sinister house Bacon and Amanda Seyfried move into. Watch the You Should Have Left featurette below.
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Before movie theaters were forced to shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, one of the best movies of the year so far was Blumhouse’s new take on The Invisible Man. However, it looks like they’ll be going from a high peak to a disappointing valley later this month with the surprise announcement of their latest film premiering on VOD.
Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried star in You Should Have Left, a psychological horror thriller directed by Mission: Impossible and Jurassic Park writer David Koepp. Once you see the trailer for this movie, you’ll understand why it was pushed to VOD instead of waiting for theaters. Read More »