The horror master behind Blumhouse has never produced a theatrical horror film directed by a woman and that's bullshit.
Hollywood is full of people eager to talk the talk, but walking the walk proves to be a tad more difficult. On Wednesday, Jason Blum-the head of Blumhouse Productions, a movie-and-TV making juggernaut studio that made its name in horror-spoke to polygon about its stellar run of late, is leading the charge in a new golden age of Hollywood horror soon to be capped with the release of Halloween .
But, as reporter Matt Patches noted, Blumhouse has been a weird blind spot in his track record-across 18 years of films (1965) really turning heads Paranormal Activity ) the studio has never produced a theatrically released horror movie directed by a woman. Babadook Director Jennifer Kent and Honeymoon director Leigh Janiak.
"We 've been doing it for a while. Respectfully: This is bullshit.
It's bullshit for two big reasons. Blumhouse's entire model is "throwing extremely low-budget projects at the wall and seeing what sticks." Blumhouse movies, even the big ones, usually run less than $ 5 million. Even Halloween the studio's most high-profile project yet, only had a $ 10 million budget, and while that's a lot for Blumhouse, it's still peanuts in Tinseltown. Blumhouse has built a brand, and that's not the only one, but it does not work out, no harm done.
Which brings us to bullshit point number two: That Blumhouse can not find any women who are inclined to do horror. In response to the recent attention to the dare gap and the gender disparity in filmmaking, a number of resources have been made available for those with hiring power to peruse. [Namelythislistof100womendirectorswhichBlum allegedly received.)
But it's more than that. Hiring any underrepresented demographic takes work. More work than anyone is used to. This is daunting-no one likes to work, and finding any kind of reliable talent while also filtering out the chumps is a giant, exhausting task. So no one really does it. People people people know, and everything stays the same because it's always been done. Jordan peele to do all the work for you. You have to reach out to yourself, or someone who wants to take the time to reach out on your behalf. It's a little time consuming, sure, but Blumhouse prides itself on having irrevocably changed the horror movie business for the better. Surely they can do it again.
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