Blumhouse Productions is an American horror movie production company, founded in 2000 by Jason Blum. Blumhouse produces micro- and low-budget horror movies, such as the Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge, and Sinister franchises. In 2014, Blumhouse produced the Academy Award–nominated drama film Whiplash, for which Blum was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. The company currently has a 10-year first-look deal with the studio Universal Pictures.
According to various stories, the company's model is to produce movies independently and release them wide through the studio system. Blumhouse has a first-look deal with Universal Pictures. Blumhouse's highly profitable credits began with Paranormal Activity, which was made for $15,000. The film was released by Paramount Pictures and grossed over $193 million worldwide. Blumhouse produced the Paranormal sequels, Insidious, which grossed over $99 million worldwide on a budget of $1.5 million, and Sinister, which grossed over $82 million worldwide from a budget of $3 million.
Blumhouse has worked with directors such as Scott Derrickson, James DeMonaco, Oren Peli, Scott Stewart and James Wan. Blumhouse's films include its first for Universal Pictures – The Purge starring Ethan Hawke – which debuted on June 7, 2013, Insidious: Chapter 2, released on September 13, 2013 and Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, released on January 3, 2014. Films the company produced in 2014 include Stretch, which was released on October 7, The Purge: Anarchy, which opened on July 18, Jessabelle for Lionsgate Entertainment, which was released on November 7, and Whiplash, which was released on October 10, 2014. Blumhouse also produced The Boy Next Door, which was released on January 23, 2015.
On the television side, Blumhouse has a first look deal with Lionsgate, and the company produced the short-lived series Stranded for SyFy and executive produced The River for ABC. For Halloween 2012, Blumhouse opened the Blumhouse of Horrors, an interactive haunted house experience in Downtown Los Angeles.
In 2014, Blumhouse established BH Tilt, dedicated to generating movies from Blumhouse and other filmmakers for multi-platform release.