Part­ing Shot

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Jason Blum

the founder and ceo of blumhouse pro­duc­tions earned his ti­tle as “the new mas­ter of hor­ror” with low-bud­get block­busters, like The Purge, In­sid­i­ous and Para­nor­mal Ac­tiv­ity, as well as 2017’s game-chang­ing, Os­car-nom­i­nated Get Out, writ­ten and di­rected by Jor­dan Peele. Made for less than $5 mil­lion, it went on to gross over $250 mil­lion world­wide. “When I read the script, I thought, My God, I’ve never read any­thing like this, and I love it,” says Jason Blum. “That’s why we keep our bud­gets so low, so we can take risks on movies like Get Out. But I cer­tainly never thought we would get a best pic­ture nom­i­na­tion.” (It was Blum’s se­cond: The first was for a non-hor­ror ven­ture, 2014’s Whiplash.) His lat­est project, Hulu’s Into the Dark, is an an­thol­ogy se­ries (the se­cond episode airs Novem­ber 2) of stand-alone hor­ror films, the episodes united by a com­mon theme: holidays. Does Blum, 49, agree that, as some have claimed, we are in a golden age of scary movies? “It’s ac­cu­rate, but it’s not the first one,” he tells Newsweek. “The pop­u­lar­ity of hor­ror is cycli­cal. I’ve lived through three cy­cles al­ready.”

“We keep our bud­gets low so we can take risks on movies like:

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