Jason Blum is a renowned horror-movie producer, with his company Blumhouse Productions having brought us critically acclaimed and award-winning films like Get Out and franchises like Paranormal Activity and The Purge.
What Blumhouse Productions specialises in is making movies on micro-budgets and giving directors full control of their projects. Paranormal Activity, for example, made in 2007, cost only $15 000 to produce and it ended up raking in a little under $200 million on its release.
So it’s no surprise that the series and movies in this list, all produced by Blum, have won both critical acclaim and box-office success. They’re all available to stream on Showmax, Prime Video and Netflix in South Africa.
A family’s beach holiday turns into a terrifying nightmare when their doppelgangers show up in the middle of the night and begin to terrorise them. Starring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Elisabeth Moss.
IMDB rating: 6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 93%
Hush (2016) – Netflix
Mike Flanagan directed and co-wrote this indie horror movie with his wife Kate Siegel, who stars as Maddie, a deaf writer who lives alone in the woods with only her pet cat for company. She is confronted by a masked killer and has to defeat him, in a thrilling mash-up of home-invasion tropes and slasher-movie gore.
IMDB rating: 6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 93%
Oscar winner Octavia Spencer plays Sue Ann, a lonely woman who invites a group of teens to party in the basement of her house under strict rules. Soon the youngsters find themselves in a terrifying situation.
IMDB rating: 5.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 55%
Creep (2014) – Netflix
This found-footage horror film was written by Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass, who both star, and it was also Brice’s directorial debut. Brice plays a cash-strapped videographer who takes an assignment against his better judgement for an eccentric client, played by Duplass. Like Hush, Creep premiered at SXSW before being released on Netflix. The 2017 sequel, Creep 2, is also on Netflix.
IMDB rating: 6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 89%
Director Spike Lee brings this unbelievable true story to screen. In the 1970s, Ron Stallworth, the first black detective in Colorado Springs, infiltrated and exposed the local branch of the Ku Klux Klan. Jason Blum produced this Cannes Grand Prix-winning historical drama along with Jordan Peele, Spike Lee, and others.
IMDB rating: 7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 96%
A series about an troubled newspaper reporter whose dark past clashes with some shocking new realities when she’s sent to her hometown to cover a string of unsolved child murders. Blum co-produced the miniseries along with director Jean-Marc Vallée, star Amy Adams, author Gillian Flynn, on whose novel the series was based, creator Marti Noxon, and others, who were all nominated for a Producers Guild of America Award for Limited Series.
IMDB rating: 8.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 92%
Something has taken possession of their son, so two parents bring in paranormal investigators to help. But they are up against pure evil in this brilliant and scary horror. Starring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, and directed by Saw’s James Wan, like many of Blum’s commercial successes, the film was hugely profitable, with a budget of $1.5 million, and making a total of $97 million worldwide.
IMDB rating: 6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 66%
For one night every year, all crime, including murder, is legal. But for one wealthy family, who lock their house down to protect themselves from the crazed violent mobs outside, the night becomes a struggle to stay alive. Ethan Hawke and Game of Thrones‘s Lena Headey star. All four of the Purge films in the franchise are available to stream on Showmax, and the fifth sequel is slated for 2021, all produced by Blumhouse Productions.
IMDB rating: 5.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 40%
The Lie (2018) – Prime Video
The Lie is written and directed by Veena Sud, and stars Mireille Enos (The Killing), Peter Sarsgaard (An Education) and Joey King (The Kissing Booth 2, The Act). When their teenaged daughter confesses to impulsively killing her best friend, two desperate parents attempt to cover up the horrific crime, leading them into a complicated web of lies and deception.
IMDB rating: 5.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 29%
Black Box (2020) – Prime Video
Directed by Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr. (Born With It) and script by Osei-Kuffour Jr. and Stephen Herman, Black Box stars Mamoudou Athie (Jurassic World 3, The Circle), Phylicia Rashad (Creed), Amanda Christine (Colony), Tosin Morohunfola (The Chi, The 24th), Charmaine Bingwa (Trees of Peace, Little Sista), and Troy James (The Flash, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark). After losing his wife and his memory in a car accident, a single father undergoes an agonising experimental treatment that causes him to question who he really is.
IMDB rating: 7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 60%
Nocturne (2020) – Prime Video
Nocturne is written and directed by Zu Quirke in her breakout feature debut. Inside the halls of an elite arts academy, a timid music student begins to outshine her more accomplished and outgoing twin sister when she discovers a mysterious notebook belonging to a recently deceased classmate. Starring Sydney Sweeney (Euphoria, The Handmaid’s Tale, Player’s Table), Madison Iseman (Jumanji: The Next Level, Annabelle Comes Home), Jacques Colimon (The Society) and Ivan Shaw (Insecure, Casual).
Evil Eye (2020) – Prime Video
Based off the award-winning, best-selling Audible Original production from writer Madhuri Shekar, Evil Eye is directed by Elan Dassani and Rajeev Dassani, and stars Sarita Choudhury (Mississippi Masala, Lady in the Water), Sunita Mani (GLOW), Omar Maskati (Unbelievable), and Bernard White (Silicon Valley). A seemingly perfect romance turns into a nightmare when a mother becomes convinced her daughter’s new boyfriend has a dark connection to her own past.
In this horror anthology from Oscar-nominated producer Jason Blum, each episode is inspired by a holiday, from Halloween to Thanksgiving, Christmas to New Year’s Eve. Look out for the likes of Teen Choice Award winner Josephine Langford (After), Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding, August: Osage County), and Harvey Guillén (Guillermo in What We Do In The Shadows). Into The Dark was nominated as Best Series at the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards 2020.