Blumhouse and Amazon Studios have announced, today, their plan to release eight horror films for streaming–all genre pieces focusing on love and family–effective this October. This new comes with great excitement as horror fans have been starved of quality films since quarantine took effect, earlier in the year.
The program, entitled “Welcome to Blumhouse,” is set to be an anthology exclusive to Amazon’s Prime streaming service, geared toward a drive-in movie theme for a nation still in the midst of a global pandemic. Although it has not been stated by either company, it’s likely that the four films set to release in just two months were originally going to be released theatrically. The other four, set to release some time in 2021, may be in post-production or filming outside of the United States.
Below are a list of the films releasing this year.
The Lie (October 6th) centers on a teenager who kills her best friend on impulse and, with the help of her parents, covers up the crime.
Black Box (October 6th) tackles themes of consciousness and loss with a single father who undergoes experimental treatment after losing his memory.
Evil Eye (October 13th) will have a mother convinced her daughter’s new boyfriend has a dark connection to her own past.
Nocturne (October 13th) goes a more fantastical route with a young music student who begins to out-play her twin sister after finding a mysterious journal from a recently deceased classmate.
This is a smart move from Blumhouse, who first became a household name after producing Jordan Peele’s debut horror blockbuster Get Out (2017). With COVID-19 keeping movie theater doors shut most likely until the end of 2020, the landscape for cinema has never looked bleaker. Hopefully a move like this will inspire other production houses (looking at you, A24), to reach similar deals so we can all start enjoying quality films again.