To work, horror films need top actors
CALL MOST people cheap and you might expect a slap in the face, but horror filmmaking legend Jason Blum wears his parsimony like a badge of honour.
From “Paranormal Activity’ in 2007 to this year’s criticallyacclaimed “Get Out”, the 48-year-old producer has made many of the defining horror films of the last decade – always on a shoestring.
Paying actors peanuts, but working with studios that ensure that his films get worldwide distribution, he has recouped some US$3 billion ( Bt100 billion) at the box office from a portfolio made for less than a twentieth of that amount.
“The most important part to making a successful low-budget horror movie is the story and acting has to be great. Not the scares – the scares are less important than the story and the acting,” he says.
By cutting budgets down to the bare bones – typically $5 million for an original movie and $10 million for a sequel – Blum has redefined genre filmmaking.
Of his most recent work, Jordan Peele’s “Get Out”, M Night Shyamalan’s “Split”, James DeMonaco’s “The Purge: Election Year” and Mike Flanagan’s “Ouija: Origin of Evil”, have grossed $664 million on a combined budget of $27.5 million.