Blumhouse Productions

The New House of Horror

Editor(s): Todd K. Platts Victoria McCollum Mathias Clasen

Language: English

Genre(s): Media Film and Theatre

Series: Horror Studies

  • May 2022 · 288pages · 216x138mm

  • ·Paperback - 9781786838636
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786838650
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781786838643

About The Book

Blumhouse Productions is the first book that systematically examines the corpus of Blumhouse’s cinematic output. Individual chapters written by emerging and established scholars consider thematic trends across Blumhouse films, such as the use of found footage, haunted bodies/haunted houses, and toxic masculinity. Blumhouse’s business strategies and funding model are considered – including the company’s high-profile franchises Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge, Happy Death Day, and Halloween – alongside such key standalone films as Get Out and Black Christmas, and nonhorror films like BlackKklansman. Taken together, the chapters provide a thorough primer for one of the most significant drivers behind the contemporary resurgence of horror cinema.

Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Tables
Notes on Contributors
Introduction
Blumhouse at the Box Office, 2009-2018
‘Those Things You See Through’: Get Out, Signifyin’, and Hollywood’s Commodification of African American Independent Cinema
Haunted Bodies, Haunted Houses
Gothixity: Evoking the Gothic through New Forms of Toxic Masculinity
Space Invaders: Aliens and Recessionary Anxieties in Dark Skies
The (Blum)House Found Footage Horror Built
Insidious Patterns: An Integrative Analysis of Blumhouse’s Most Important Franchise
The Purge: Violence and Religion as Toxic Cocktail
Happy Death Day: Beyond the Neoslasher Cycle
Haunted Networks: Transparency and Exposure in Unfriended and Unfriended: Dark Web
Blumhouse’s Halloween (2018) the Shifting Ethos of Slasher Remakes
‘Disobedient Women’ and Malicious Men: A Comparative Assessment of the Politics of Black Christmas (1974) and (2019)
What Lies Behind the White Hood: Looking at Horror Through a Realistic Lens Through Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman
Bibliography
Index

About the Editor(s)

Todd K. Platts

Todd K. Platts is Professor of Sociology at Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has published extensively on horror cinema.

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Victoria McCollum

Victoria McCollum is Course Director of BSc Cinematic Arts at Ulster University, Magee. Victoria has published a number of cutting-edge books on film, media and TV.

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Mathias Clasen

Mathias Clasen is Associate Professor of Literature and Media in the English Department at Aarhus University, Denmark, and director of the Recreational Fear Lab.

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