Given how well both Halloween and Get Out performed in theatres in 2018, it should come as no surprise that Blumhouse Productions is quickly establishing themselves as one of the best in the business. Founded in 2000 by Jason Blum, the production company is most commonly associated with horror movies but has also made various dramatic fair films as well. Do you have a favorite?
From Whiplash to The Purge, join us as we rank the 25 greatest Blumhouse movies ever made.
25. Upgrade (2018)
Synopsis: A brutal mugging leaves Grey Trace (Logan Marshall-Green) paralyzed in the hospital and his beloved wife (Melanie Vallejo) dead. A billionaire inventor soon offers Trace a cure — an artificial intelligence implant called STEM that will enhance his body. Now able to walk, Grey finds that he also has superhuman strength and agility — skills he uses to seek revenge against the thugs who destroyed his life.
Cast: Logan Marshall-Green, Melanie Vallejo, Harrison Gilbertson, Betty Gabriel, Benedict Hardie, and Simon Maiden
Director: Leigh Whannell
24. Happy Death Day 2U (2019)
Synopsis: Collegian Tree Gelbman wakes up in horror to learn that she’s stuck in a parallel universe. Her boyfriend Carter is now with someone else, and her friends and fellow students seem to be completely different versions of themselves. When Tree discovers that Carter’s roommate has been altering time, she finds herself once again the target of a masked killer. When the psychopath starts to go after her inner circle, Tree soon realizes that she must die over and over again to save everyone.
Cast: Jessica Rothe,
Director: Christopher Landon, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Rachel Matthews, Phi Vu, Charles Aitken, and Suraj Sharma
23. Dark Skies (2013)
Synopsis: Lacy (Keri Russell) and Daniel Barrett (Josh Hamilton) share a peaceful life in the suburbs with their sons, Jesse (Dakota Goyo) and Sam (Kadan Rockett). However, that peace soon shatters with a series of disturbing events that escalate. When it becomes clear that their family is being targeted by an unimaginably terrifying, deadly — and possibly alien — threat, Daniel and Lacy draw on their courage and determination to protect their family and identify what is after them.
Cast: Keri Russell, Dakota Goyo, Josh Hamilton, J.K. Simmons, Kadan Rockett, L.J. Benet, and Annie Thurman
Director: Scott Stewart
22. Sleight (2016)
Synopsis: After his mother’s death, a young street magician (Jacob Latimore) turns to dealing drugs at parties to support his little sister. When she is kidnapped by his supplier, he uses his sleight of hand and keen intelligence to find her.
Cast: Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel, Dulé Hill, Carrie Jo Hubrich, Cameron Esposito, and Sasheer Zamata
Director: Justin Dillard
21. The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)
Synopsis: A masked maniac terrorizes the same small community where a murderer known as the Phantom Killer struck decades earlier.
Cast: Addison Timlin, Gary Cole, Veronica Cartwright, Spencer Treat Clark, Anthony Anderson, and Edward Herrmann
Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
20. The Bay (2012)
Synopsis: The residents of a seaside Maryland community become the unfortunate hosts of mutant, waterborne parasites that take control of their minds and bodies.
Cast: Kether Donohue, Kristen Connolly, Christopher Denham, Frank Deal, Stephen Kunken, and Nansi Aluka
Director: Barry Levinson
19. Oculus (2013)
Synopsis: Haunted by the violent demise of their parents 10 years earlier, adult siblings Kaylie (Karen Gillan) and Tim (Brenton Thwaites) are now struggling to rebuild their relationship. Kaylie suspects that their antique mirror, known as the Lasser Glass, is behind the tragedy. The seemingly harmless reflections contain a malevolent, supernatural force that infects the mind of anyone who gazes into it. As Kaylie gets closer to the truth, the siblings become caught in the mirror’s evil spell.
Cast: Karen Gillan, Katee Sackhoff, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane, Annalise Basso, and Kate Siegel
Director: Mike Flanagan
18. Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
Synopsis: Soon after their showdown with evil spirits that possessed their son, the Lamberts, Renai (Rose Byrne) and Josh (Patrick Wilson), are ready for their lives to return to normal. However, something still is seriously off, especially with Josh, who — unbeknown to Renai — is possessed too. In order to free Josh’s soul and finally defeat the malevolent forces around them, Lorraine Lambert (Barbara Hershey) and her ghost-hunting friends investigate the past to save her family’s future.
Cast: Leigh Whannell, Patrick Wilson, Lin Shaye, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey, and Angus Sampson
Director: James Wan
17. The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
Synopsis: One night per year, the government sanctions a 12-hour period in which citizens can commit any crime they wish — including murder — without fear of punishment or imprisonment. Leo, a sergeant who lost his son, plans a vigilante mission of revenge during the mayhem. However, instead of a death-dealing avenger, he becomes the unexpected protector of four innocent strangers who desperately need his help if they are to survive the night.
Cast: Frank Grillo, Zach Gilford, Carmen Ejogo, Edwin Hodge, Kiele Sanchez, Michael K. Williams, Zoë Soul, Noel Gugliemi, and Justina Machado
Director: James DeMonaco
16. The Visit (2015)
Synopsis: Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and younger brother Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) say goodbye to their mother as they board a train and head deep into Pennsylvania farm country to meet their maternal grandparents for the first time. Welcomed by Nana (Deanna Dunagan) and Pop Pop (Peter McRobbie), all seems well until the siblings start to notice increasingly strange behavior from the seemingly charming couple. Once the children discover a shocking secret, they begin to wonder if they’ll ever make it home.
Cast: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Kathryn Hahn, Peter McRobbie, Benjamin Kanes, and Celia Keenan-Bolger
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
15. Creep 2 (2017)
Synopsis: A video artist (Desiree Akhavan) looking for work drives to a remote house in the forest to meet a man (Mark Duplass) claiming to be a serial killer. But after agreeing to spend the day with him, she soon realizes that she made a deadly mistake.
Cast: Mark Duplass, Patrick Brice, Desiree Akhavan, Karan Soni, and Caveh Zahedi
Director: Patrick Kack-Brice
14. Ouija: Origin Of Evil (2016)
Synopsis: In 1967 Los Angeles, widowed mother Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser) unwittingly invites authentic evil into her home by adding a new stunt to bolster her séance scam business. When the merciless spirit overtakes her youngest daughter Doris (Lulu Wilson), the small family must confront unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.
Cast: Annalise Basso, Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson, Kate Siegel, Henry Thomas, and Alexis G. Zall
Director: Mike Flanagan
13. Creep (2014)
Synopsis: Aaron (Patrick Brice) answers an online ad and drives to a stranger’s house to film him for the day. The man wants to make a movie for his unborn child, but his requests become more bizarre as the day goes along.
Cast: Mark Duplass, Katie Aselton, and Patrick Brice
Director: Patrick Brice
12. Happy Death Day (2017)
Synopsis: Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) is a blissfully self-centered collegian who wakes up on her birthday in the bed of a student named Carter (Israel Broussard). As the morning goes on, Tree gets the eerie feeling that she’s experienced the events of this day before. When a masked killer suddenly takes her life in a brutal attack, she once again magically wakes up in Carter’s dorm room unharmed. Now, the frightened young woman must relive the same day over and over until she figures out who murdered her.
Cast: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Rachel Matthews, Charles Aitken, Phi Vu, and Laura Clifton
Director: Christopher Landon
11. Hush (2016)
Synopsis: A deaf writer (Kate Siegel) who retreated into the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer (John Gallagher Jr.) appears in her window.
Cast: Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr., Michael Trucco, Samantha Sloyan, and Emma Graves
Director: Mike Flanagan
10. Halloween (2018)
Synopsis: It’s been 40 years since Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. Locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when his bus transfer goes horribly wrong. Laurie now faces a terrifying showdown when the masked madman returns to Haddonfield, Ill. — but this time, she’s ready for him.
Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Nick Castle, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, James Jude Courtney, and Virginia Gardner
Director: David Gordon Green
9. Sinister (2012)
Synopsis: True-crime writer Ellison Oswald (Ethan Hawke) is in a slump; he hasn’t had a best seller in more than 10 years and is becoming increasingly desperate for a hit. So, when he discovers the existence of a snuff film showing the deaths of a family, he vows to solve the mystery. He moves his own family into the victims’ home and gets to work. However, when old film footage and other clues hint at the presence of a supernatural force, Ellison learns that living in the house may be fatal.
Cast: Ethan Hawke, James Ransone, Nicholas King, Juliet Rylance, Clare Foley, and Michael Hall D’Addario
Director: Scott Derrickson
8. BlacKkKlansman (2018)
Synopsis: From visionary filmmaker, Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream. Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award® winning Get Out.
Cast: John David Washington, Laura Harrier, Adam Driver, Ryan Eggold, Topher Grace, Robert John Burke, Brian Tarantina, Corey Hawkins, Isiah Whitlock Jr., and Alec Baldwin
Director: Spike Lee
7. The Purge (2013)
Synopsis: In an America ravaged by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government sanctions an annual 12-hour period during which all criminal activity — including murder — is legal. James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) and his family face the ultimate test when an intruder drags the vicious outside world into their home. James, Mary (Lena Headey) and their two children struggle to survive the night while trying not to turn into monsters like the ones they are striving to avoid.
Cast: Edwin Hodge, Lena Headey, Ethan Hawke, Max Burkholder, Tony Oller, Arija Bareikis, Adelaide Kane, and Rhys Wakefield
Director: James DeMonaco
6. Insidious (2010)
Synopsis: Parents (Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne) take drastic measures when it seems their new home is haunted and their comatose son (Ty Simpkins) is possessed by a malevolent entity.
Cast: Leigh Whannell, Lin Shaye, Patrick Wilson, Angus Sampson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, and Ty Simpkins
Director: James Wan
5. Paranormal Activity (2007)
Synopsis: Soon after moving into a suburban tract home, Katie (Katie Featherston) and Micah (Micah Sloat) become increasingly disturbed by what appears to be a supernatural presence. Hoping to capture evidence of it on film, they set up video cameras in the house but are not prepared for the terrifying events that follow.
Cast: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs, Amber Armstrong, and Ashley Palmer
Director: Oren Peli
4. Split (2016)
Synopsis: Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all of the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him — as well as everyone around him — as the walls between his compartments shatter.
Cast: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Bruce Willis, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula, and Betty Buckley
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
3. The Gift (2015)
Synopsis: When married couple Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) unexpectedly encounter Gordo (Joel Edgerton), an acquaintance from Simon’s past, little do they know that their perfect lives will be thrown into a terrifying tailspin. At first, Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo, but after a troubling series of uninvited encounters and mysterious gifts, a horrifying secret emerges. As Robyn learns what really happened between Simon and Gordo, she begins to question how well she knows her spouse.
Cast: Joel Edgerton, Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Busy Philipps, Allison Tolman, Allison Tolman, and Katie Aselton
Director: Joel Edgerton
2. Whiplash (2014)
Synopsis: Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) is an ambitious young jazz drummer, in pursuit of rising to the top of his elite music conservatory. Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), an instructor known for his terrifying teaching methods, discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into the top jazz ensemble, forever changing the young man’s life. But Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher pushes him to the brink of his ability and his sanity.
Cast: J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Miles Teller, Nate Long, Chris Mulkey, Austin Stowell, Damon Gupton, and Paul Reiser
Director: Damien Chazelle
1. Get Out (2017)
Synopsis: Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Lil Rel Howery, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, Caleb Landry Jones, Lakeith Stanfield, Betty Gabriel, and Stephen Root
Director: Jordan Peele