Today we proudly present the first in a series of candid interviews with the staff of Blumhouse Productions, in which we share our collective passion for all things scary, discuss our personal and career histories in the genre we all know and love, and maybe even share a few spooky stories.
What better way to get this show on the road than a groovy Q&A session with the man who started it all, Jason Blum himself? Let’s do this!
How long have you been a horror fan, and what attracted you to the genre?
Halloween was always my favorite holiday growing up and Hitchcock was my favorite director so it was always something I was really into. What I love most about the genre is the community of horror fans. We are all a little weird and different and that makes it so much more fun.
What is your role at Blumhouse Productions? Can you tell us a little about your job?
I am the founder and CEO of the company. Fancy title, huh? The most important thing about my job is that I have no desire to be a writer or director. I know thats not what I am good at. So what I am good at is giving creative people the ability to tell their stories. My role is to build a system and a model that lets filmmakers do what they do best.
What is your career background, training, school, etc?
That is a very long and very boring answer so I will try and keep it relevant. I spent the first half of my career making movies that nobody saw but were made in a cool, unique way- meaning independently. I then spent part of my career making movies that people saw but were made in the studio system. My goal was to try and combine the best of those worlds and that led me to where I am today- making little movies independently but having them released by major studios so people can actually enjoy them.
What/who is your favorite monster and why?
I am a new father so I am going to go with the cookie monster!
What is your weapon of choice?
The Axe! We are starting to give them to directors on the first day of every movie.
List five of your favorite horror films.
I won’t name any Blumhouse movies here:
- THE BIRDS
- A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
- FRIDAY THE 13TH
- THE SHINING
What was the first horror movie you ever saw, and what was your reaction?
FRIDAY THE 13TH, and I was beyond terrified. I was definitely too young to have seen it.
Describe one of your favorite Halloween costumes that you’ve worn.
The Abominable Snowman.
Name one horror celebrity, dead or alive, you would love to meet, and tell us why.
Wes Craven, who sadly just passed. You can get lucky and make a good movie once. Wes somehow made groundbreaking and scary as hell movies over the span of decades.
Please recommend a recent horror film that you saw and really enjoyed?
I’ll try and avoid picking a Blumhouse movie here too and go with Ciaran Foy’s CITADEL.