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Blumhouse Productions is a production company founded by the titular Jason Blum in 2000, but really became a powerhouse in The New '10s as it released low-to-No Budget horror films such as Paranormal Activity and Insidious that almost always make a profit due to their small budgets (rarely costing more than $10 million, even for sequel/franchise films).

Blumhouse mainly produces horror films, dramas (Whiplash, The Normal Heart) and thrillers (The Gift) though they occasionally produce films in other genres. (The Tooth Fairy. Seriously.) They're also notable for defying Executive Meddling, as not only do they take an auteurist stance regarding what their filmmakers are allowed to do (in no small part due to Jason Blum's experience working for the Weinsteins), but the films are so low-budget that any meddling would be considered meaningless. Blumhouse's policy is to keep their budgets to no more than around $5-10 million, except for a small handful of films (usually sequels and films by proven directors) that they know will be hits, as that is about how much money they can normally expect to make from home video and streaming if the film doesn't get a wide release. Understandably, a number of filmmakers, from upstart indie directors to those looking to have more control of their projects, have flocked to Blumhouse.

For all its success, the studio is very polarizing among horror fans. Their detractors cite their worst films as cliché storms with unlikeable characters, no atmosphere, and an over-reliance on jump scares that teenagers eat up. Their defenders, meanwhile, feel that they allow for more freedom in the Hollywood system, citing their best films as ones where filmmakers were free to take risks within the boundaries of the budget without having to worry about interference from producers. Blumhouse's filmography ranges from universally-acclaimed gems (e.g. Get Out, widely considered to be one of the best horror films of The New '10s, won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay) to some of the worst B-Movie schlock one can imagine to everything in between, and of course, their box office success is undeniable.

Since The New '10s, Blumhouse has also branched off to producing series for the small screen, including those aired on HBO, as well as anthology series of movies, such as Hulu's Into the Dark and Prime Video's Welcome To The Blumhouse.

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Tropes applying to their works:

  • Jump Scare: Their movies are well known for their liberal use of jump scares, sometimes to the point of excess.
  • No Budget: The films made by Blumhouse usually cap off at $5 million. note 

Alternative Title(s): Jason Blum