Halloween may be long over but the streaming services are doing everything they can to stay spooky.
Amazon Prime has signed a deal with uber horror producer Blumhouse Television to produce eight feature length horror movies that will exclusively debut worldwide on Amazon Prime’s platform. Variety was the first to report the deal. Jason Blum is the founder of Blumhouse Productions, which just recently got into the TV producing game.
“Jason Blum has built an empire based on fear, shock and all things spine-tingling,” Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke said in a statement. “He has redefined the horror genre for fans who are hungry for high concept scares. Whether it’s found footage, a socially conscious terror comedy or a pure sinister adrenaline ride, he reinvented and infused the genre with cultural relevancy.”
Per the Variety report, Amazon says it plans to find filmmakers from diverse backgrounds to helm the eight features. That makes any deal with Blumhouse a solid move as the studio helped shepherd Jordan Peele’s Get Out to screen and in the process proved that socially conscious thrillers can achieve great financial and creative success.
Blumhouse is coming off yet another horror hit with its Halloween reboot once again achieving critical and commercial success.
“We are delighted Amazon is entrusting Blumhouse to deliver its signature thrills and chills to its global audience through this deal,” Blum said. “This is a great opportunity for Blumhouse Television to empower underrepresented filmmakers offering a fresh take on the dark genres loved by fans the world over.”
If this deal sounds familiar it’s probably because just earlier this year Blumhouse hatched a deal with one of Amazon Prime’s chief streaming rivals in Hulu. Blumhouse TV and Hulu teamed up on horror anthology series Into the Dark. Into the Dark airs a new “episode” each month and has released two thus far: October’s “The Body” and November’s “Flesh and Blood.” The third installment, “Pooka” will be arriving in December.
While the two projects seem similar on their face, the Amazon deal will be producing feature films while the Hulu series produces near feature-length episodes in a loosely connected series. Don’t see the difference? You’re an embarrassment, you uncultured swine!