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Jason Blum Reveals Release Date For First 'Halloween' Trailer


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This year, an exciting new instalment to the iconic horror franchise 'Halloween' will come, as Michael Myers makes his return to the big screen alongside one of the original Scream Queens, Jamie Lee Curtis. She'll be stepping back into the role of Laurie Strode - a character fans saw killed off in one of the many 'Halloween' sequels - and so it's been confirmed that this film will act as the true sequel to the original movie, scrubbing out any of the history written by flicks that came before it.

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David Gordon Green has directed and co-written the film, working alongside Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley as co-writers, and original Myers actor Nick Castle will be making his return to tackle some ferocious scenes as the serial killer. The villain will also be played by stunt performer and actor James Jude Courtney.

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Jason Blum Promises "Happy Time" For 'Halloween' Fans In Early June


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This year's 'Halloween' movie looks set to be a return to form for the iconic horror franchise, and producer Jason Blum has promised fans will be happy in a couple of weeks, hinting that we may finally be getting a teaser or complete trailer for the new movie.

Jason Blum promises a surprise for 'Halloween' fans in JuneJason Blum promises a surprise for 'Halloween' fans in June

David Gordon Green sits in the director's chair for the film, having co-written the treatment alongside Danny McBride, and it's been widely reported that many of the sequels that came out after the original 'Halloween' film will be largely ignored, so that a continuation of that very first flick can be given.

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Jason Blum Comments On First Cut Of New 'Halloween' Movie


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Jamie Lee Curtis' 'Halloween' character Laurie Strode may have been killed off in 2002 release 'Halloween: Resurrection', but that hasn't stopped director David Gordon Green from ignoring that story altogether and bringing her back for his upcoming 2018 'Halloween' release. Written by Green alongside Danny McBride, and also starring Judy Greer, Miles Robbins, and Virginia Gardner, the movie looks set to make a big impression when it comes to the big screen.

Jason Blum serves as producer on the new 'Halloween' movieJason Blum serves as producer on the new 'Halloween' movie

Laurie Strode will be forced to protect her family and friends when Michael Myers (played by original performer Nick Castle) makes his return four decades following the original film, intent on finishing the job and adding more victims to his murder tally. Shooting on the movie looks to have been (at least nearly) completed, with a first cut already seen by those working on the flick.

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Jason Blum Wants To Reboot 'Friday The 13th' Franchise


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Jason Blum is without a doubt one of the most successful producers of the past year, thanks to his production company Blumhouse. Tackling franchises such as 'Insidious' and 'The Purge', he saw two of his company's biggest releases - 'Get Out' and 'Split' - impress horror and thriller fans, as well as critics who lauded both with acclaim.

Jason Blum will serve as producer on the new 'Halloween' filmJason Blum will serve as producer on the new 'Halloween' film

Thanks to their reception, the most die-hard of horror fans were excited when they heard that Blumhouse would be rebooting the 'Halloween' franchise, bringing a new film to the series that would see the returns of original star Jamie Lee Curtis, and even original creator John Carpenter getting involved behind-the-scenes.

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Jason Blum Teases 'The Purge' Television Series


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When 'The Purge' first hit the big screen, nobody really knew what to expect from the movie other than the premise being 12 hours of all crime being legal in the United States of America. Now expanding into a true modern-day horror franchise, those who have worked on the 'Purge' stories will soon be expanding into the world of television, along with the fourth film in the series, 'The Purge: The Island'.

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What we've seen from the movies so far is a look into the night in which anybody can go out and act as they like for 12 hours, with only a couple of rules to abide by. According to producer Jason Blum however, the TV show will veer away from all of that and instead delve deeply into the lives of those living in a country where one wrong move could make you a 'Purge Night' target.

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M. Night Shyamalan at the 2016 AFI FEST Screening of 'Split' presented by Audi and held at TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California, United States - Tuesday 15th November 2016

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Brian Grazer , Jason Blum - 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival - 'Lowriders' at ArcLight Cinemas - Arrivals at ArcLight Cinemas’ Cinerama Dome, Los Angeles Film Festival - Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 1st June 2016

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Josh Welsh, Brian Grazer, Stephanie Allain and Jason Blum
Josh Welsh, Brian Grazer, Stephanie Allain and Jason Blum
Josh Welsh, Brian Grazer, Stephanie Allain and Jason Blum
Josh Welsh, Brian Grazer, Stephanie Allain and Jason Blum

Jason Blum - CinemaCon Bi Screen Achievement Awards held at Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nv on April 14, 2016 at Caesars Palace - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Thursday 14th April 2016

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Jason Blum - CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards at Caesars Palace Resort and Casino at Omnia Nightclub, Caesars Palace - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Friday 15th April 2016

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Jason Blum, Marc Smerling, Andrew Jarecki , Guest - 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater- Press Room at Microsoft Theater, Emmy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 12th September 2015

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Jason Blum, Marc Smerling, Andrew Jarecki and Guest
Jason Blum, Marc Smerling, Andrew Jarecki and Guest

The Visit Review

Weak

While it's great to see M. Night Shyamalan return to the twisty horror genre, his use of found-footage leaves the film feeling like a decent premise with nowhere to go. Presented as a documentary made by a teenager, the movie is relentlessly uninteresting, only watchable because of a few mild jolts and a blackly comical freakishness. Otherwise, the characters are too thinly drawn, and the story too gimmicky.

It opens as a single mother (Kathryn Hahn) reconnects with her parents on Facebook after 15 years estrangement. Instead of going home to see them herself, she books a holiday with her new boyfriend and sends her teen kids, cynical Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and clownish Tyler (Ed Oxenbould), to stay with Nana and Pop-pop (Deanna Dunagan and Peter McRobbie). But as Becca and Tyler videotape the experience, they begin to worry about their grandparents' sanity. Maybe it's just old age, or perhaps they are "sundowners", pensioners who go a bit mad at nighttime. And as things get progressively bizarre, both of them begin to worry that perhaps there's something locked in the basement that Nana and Pop-pop don't want them to see.

Everything on-screen is shot on cameras supposedly wielded by Becca and Tyler, although several scenes are implausible or frankly impossible. Shyamalan does a nice job creating a creepy vibe, then throws things suddenly into the frame to make the audience jump. But there isn't a single moment of proper suspense, mainly because it's all played for laughs: as if senile old people are hilarious. Until they become menacing, of course. Shyamalan pushes this idea with a very heavy hand, attempting to manipulate the audience's response by slowly dribbling out revelations that aren't particularly clever or surprising. And through it all, there's the nagging sense that nothing about the script holds water, starting with a mother's willingness to send her kids on their own to stay with parents she has avoided for a decade and a half.

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Sinister 2 Starring James Ransone Demonstrates The Challenges Of Making A Sequel Work


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When the horror thriller Sinister proved to be a hit, producer Jason Blum (who is also behind the Insidious films) obviously thought a sequel was needed. "I really think the key to making a good sequel is to get the people who were involved in the original," he says, explaining his decision to go back to original screenwriters Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill. "If there's any theme of Sinister, to me it's taking a common crisis and escalating the crisis by putting it in a supernatural circumstance."

Sinister 2The children go all out to spook the grown-ups in Sinister II

Cargill adds that "everyone has a very different idea of what a Sinister movie is," says Cargill. "Is it the kill films? Is it Bughuul? Is it the kids?" As he and Derrickson pondered this, the one thing they agreed on was the need to bring back the hapless deputy played by James Ransone.

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Sinister 2 Review

OK

As the ghoul from the 2012 horror hit stalks a new family, this sequel's sharply well-crafted set-up leaves the hackneyed conclusion feeling very disappointing. Up until the trite horror finale, the film is a terrific mix of complex characters and twisted relationships, with a palpable sense of underlying menace. But instead of grappling with the ramifications of the human drama, the screenwriters opt for simplistic violence instead.

The dorky deputy (James Ransone) from the first film has left the force but is still determined to stop the horror from happening again. Then he arrives at the "infected" farmhouse and finds single mother Courtney (Shannyn Sossamon) hiding out there with her feuding pre-teen sons Dylan and Zach (played by real-life siblings Robert Daniel and Dartanian Sloan). And her abusive husband Clint (Lea Coco) wants custody. But the boys have already been contacted by the creepy gang of ghost kids who have horrifically murdered their families and documented this in home movies that they show to Dylan each night. To appease the boogeyman, Dylan needs to do the same, and if he can't, they might be able to use Zach.

Frankly, Clint is a much scarier monster than the sinister spirit lurking in seemingly every dark corner in this movie. And Zach has learned from his dad how to be a seriously cruel bully. Director Ciaran Foy generates intensity in both the real-world and supernatural elements of this story, inventively creating visually stylish freak-out moments that have genuine peril attached. In this situation, the actors create strikingly authentic characters, from Ransone's likeably goofy deputy to Sossamon's steely, tenacious mother hen. And the Sloan brothers add a superb sense of sibling tension, mingling anger and frustration with real emotion. So when things begin to snap between all of them, the film becomes genuinely heart-stopping. Then the ghosts take over and it's not quite so thrilling.

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The Gift Review

Very Good

Marketed as a horror-thriller, this sharply well-made film is actually a bleak drama with a strong message about bullying. Actor turned writer-director Joel Edgerton creates a vividly creepy atmosphere as he digs into the perceptions and motivations of three central characters, and he finds plenty of opportunity to unnerve the audience in the process. There are a few big jolts, but it's the unsettling themes that freak us out.

There has clearly already been quite a lot of trauma in the marriage between Simon and Robyn (Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall), so much so that they've packed up their home in Chicago and moved to Los Angeles to start over. As they're settling into their stunning new home in the hills, Simon runs into his old school friend Gordon (Edgerton), who seems to appear out of nowhere, worming his way into their life with a series of thoughtful gifts. But Simon doesn't want to reconnect with Gordon, whom he always thought was a weirdo, which Robyn thinks is rather cruel. She reluctantly agrees with Simon that they break contact with Gordon, due to pressures at work and in their attempts to start a family. But things immediately turn very nasty. And Robyn realises that there's more to Simon and Gordon's past than either is letting on.

With a pungent sense of foreboding, the film is instantly riveting, mainly because it resembles movies like Fatal Attraction. So we brace ourselves for that bunny-boiling moment, and as a writer, director and actor, Edgerton plays with us mercilessly, dropping all kinds of hints and revelations about the reality beneath the surface of these characters. But instead of turning into a crazed, violent thriller, the film instead takes a much more internalised approach, generating suspense from the implications of what is happening. Essentially, it works because it forces us to understand even the darkest motivations of the characters.

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The Gallows Review

Bad

Without a single moment of originality, this found-footage horror movie really deserves to be the last one ever made. Combining elements of Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity with the cliches of 1980s teen slasher movies, the film is technically well-made and at least has a bright young cast. But by adding nothing new to the genre, it's unable to muster up more than one scary moment.

It all takes place in a high school 20 years after Charlie (Jesse Cross) died during a stage production of a creepy play called The Gallows. Now the drama teacher (played by cowriter-director Travis Cluff) has convinced the school board to let him restage the play, and he has cast popular jock Reese (Reese Mishler) in the lead role opposite drama queen Pfeifer (Pfeifer Brown). But the nervous Reese secretly has a crush on Pfeifer, and his camera-carrying best pal Ryan (Ryan Shoos) says he needs to sabotage the play so he doesn't embarrass himself on opening night. So Reese, Ryan and Ryan's girlfriend Cass (Cassidy Gifford) sneak into the theatre one night planning to trash the sets. But Pfeifer turns up as well, and suddenly they find themselves locked in, menaced by some sort of unseen force that seems intent on strangling them one by one.

Since the young actors are using their own names, they're essentially playing themselves. And the script offers very little help for them to create properly dramatic characters, never giving even a glimpse beneath the surface. Instead, it's just a case of watching through Ryan's camera as these four intriguing teens run around acting self-involved and clueless, kind of like real teens. As in all of these movies, there is inexplicably no phone signal and the camera magically continues shooting even after the battery should have died. It's also structured as several long, dull sequences in the dark punctuated by moments of inexplicable chaos.

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Get Out Movie Review

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Leave it to a comedian to make one of the scariest movies in recent memory....

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