Producer Jason Blum, who is a master of the horror genre, says that all good horror films ultimately depend on how well they combine fiction with reality. Blum is behind the most influential blockbuster horror films of the last decade, including Paranormal Activity, Incidius, The Purgatory, Oculus, and Split. Jordan PeleOf Get out to win an Academy Award And we.
Most of these films have been transformed into global franchises, occupying a major pop culture space in a horror style. In an interview with PTI on Zoom, Bloom said he realized that “the key” to making a good horror film was to have “really great storytelling” – beyond all the clichs and dramatic themes.
“When talking about a good horror movie, a lot of people think about how good it is to be scared. You have the best fears in the world but they don’t work if the story is not good. If you have a great story and great actors, the fears come easily. Movies are scary if they touch reality. And they do all these movies. It is about greed, old age, racism, bigotry, but you cannot teach about it, ”he said.
The main principle of horror filmmaking is that the producer has extended his latest offer to the four-feature film series, Welcome to the Blumhouse – Bingo Hell, Black as Night, Madress and Manor.
The 52-year-old producer believes a horror movie setting can help give the home a bigger point.
For example, Promise a horror movie about a black teenager who meets his white girlfriend’s family, but knocks them down with racist comments.
According to Blum, horror movies work best when the audience is tricked into slowly “relaxing” with the film setting and characters before the makers pull the rug to release the proverbial monster.
“It’s a terribly great way to get what you want to see, want or hear by a large audience. The best horror movies are first entertaining, and then there’s something to say to them like ‘get out’. I love people jumping in their seats.
“The way to scare a horror movie is to surround people in stories and acting in a way you would not expect to be intimidated.”
Four films in this year’s Welcome to the Blumhouse series are set on personal fear and organizational horror, but are firmly set in Blum’s vision, providing a platform for creators from a less underrepresented group.
Mexican-Canadian filmmaker Gigi Saul Guerrero (Bingo Hell), Filipino-American director Maritte Le Go (Black as Night) and Belgian filmmaker Axel Caroline (The Manor) – Helm three women in four features. Filmmaker Ryan Zaragoza directed Madress.
Blum, who has supported films through his Blumhouse productions, said that when different voices tell important stories, the result is an original and authentic film.
“In this particular series of films, the creator or director must be from an under-represented group. Not represented to our audience.
“Especially (with horror films), audiences are different … Before Black Lives Matter, five-eight years ago, we started looking for filmmakers who could better represent our audience makeup. It does for good movies, because you have scary stories from different perspectives. That being said, it makes for better, more original films. “
Bingo Hell and Black Us Night are currently airing on Amazon Prime Video, while Madress and The Manor will premiere on Friday streamer.