Blumhouse Mastermind Jason Blum on His New Masterpiece, ‘The Black Phone’

There’s no argument that the Blumhouse of Horrors (aka Blumhouse Productions) has made as profound an impact on the horror genre as Marvel Studios has on comic book films. With just a few low-budget hits, Jason Blum put his stamp, not just on horror, but the entire film industry as a whole. We had a chance to sit with the head of Blumhouse, himself, to talk about his latest upcoming masterpiece, The Black Phone. Check out our interview here!

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Mason Thames and Madeline McGraw Answer the Call of ‘The Black Phone’

The best ghost story to hit the big screen since The Sixth Sense is calling this week. And to commemorate the release of one of the best films this year, we had the chance to talk about The Black Phone with the stars of the film, Mason Thames and Madeline McGraw. To see what these rising stars had to say about the thrills, chills, and spills of the new movie, check out our interview here.

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Ethan Hawke on Creating a New Horror Icon in ‘The Black Phone’

Four-time Academy Award nominated actor, Ethan Hawke, is no stranger to the horror game. In fact, some of his most memorable turns came from two of the biggest hits Blumhouse has ever seen: The Purge and Sinister. Nearly a decade since both, and Hawke is back in the genre, teaming up with the mega-horror studio again. However, this time, things are different. Because unlike his previous horror works, in The Black Phone, Hawke is the horror!

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NOC Review: ‘The Black Phone’ is the Best Modern Ghost Story Since ‘The Sixth Sense’

This will be a weird way to start a review, but there’s a part of me that’s mixed on how I feel about Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill departing Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. On one hand, though I enjoyed the Marvel Studios romp, I can’t help but wonder how much better it would have been if they had stayed on board to write and direct. On the other, and most importantly, I’m glad they were able to leave, because it meant that we got The Black Phone — honestly one of my favorite movies this year so far!

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Joe Keery, Natalia Dyer, Maya Hawke, and Joseph Quinn on ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4

Volume 1 of Stranger Things season 4 is almost here, and I had the chance to speak with stars Joe Keery, Natalia Dyer, Maya Hawke, and Joseph Quinn all about the beloved series! Volume 2 is set to premiere on July 1, exclusively on Netflix. It has also been announced that season 5 will serve as the show’s final season.

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New Trailer for ‘The Black Phone’ Dials Up the Scares

Today, Universal released the latest trailer for Scott Derrickson’s latest horror thriller, The Black Phone. The new film features a shockingly unsettling performance from Ethan Hawke as “the year of villain Hawke” continues (witness his terrific performance as Arthur Harrow in Moon Knight for more)! Click here for more.

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Watch the Official Trailer for ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 

Netflix has just shared the highly anticipated trailer for the fourth season of Stranger Things and it looks absolutely epic! The hit series stars Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, Winona Ryder, and David Harbour. Volume 1 of season 4 will be released on May 27.

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Iris K. Shim and Fivel Stewart Discuss Bringing Asian American Horror Stories in ‘Umma’

The new horror film Umma releases in theaters today. The film, which stars Sandra Oh and Fivel Stewart, as a mother (Amanda) and daughter (Chrissy) living off the grid in rural America.

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The Middle Geeks Episode 35: ‘Archive 81’ Review

We discuss Netflix’s new horror series Archive 81, which headlines two SWANA stars with Mamoudou Athie and Dina Shihabi! What did we enjoy about this creepy series? Would it have been better if Mamoudou and Dina’s characters were SWANA coded? What do we want from a Season 2?

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‘Nope’ Trailer Teases Jordan Peele’s Latest Scares from Above the Clouds

Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for Jordan Peele’s Nope. Peele promises to bring a new kind of pop nightmare to the expansive horror genre for his third directorial effort. Though the trailer doesn’t reveal too much about the plot, we can only assume that the kite string attached to the dark cloud that hovers above the dusty California gulch means doom for all those underneath it.

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SYFY Launches Insider Program

Today, SYFY is officially launching its first-ever, members-only club for sci-fi superfans: SYFY Insider. The network, known for some of the most quirky, and fan-loved genre shows, like Resident Alien, Chucky, and Wynonna Earp has decided to reward its most loyal fans with an all-new destination that offers exclusive, premium content to all Insiders.

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Prepare Yourself For ‘Repossession’

For all you horror lovers out there, there is a fantastic horror film created by Asians and starring Asians that is worthy of your attention and that’s Ming Siu Goh and Scott C. Hillyard’s horror thriller Repossession. Before I go more into it, the film is now available across digital platforms, courtesy of Gravitas Ventures.

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‘The Advent Calendar’ Proves to be Fun Holiday Horror

Christmas is a wonderful time of year. It’s a moment to reflect on one’s life for the past 12 months with the family and friends you cherish, and celebrate another year together. Patrick Ridremont’s new film, The Advent Calendar, however, delivers a deliciously macabre statement that rejects the Yuletide sentiments for horror and gore sensibilities wrapped lovingly in beautiful cinematography and terrible people. This French film gifts the audience with an Advent calendar of terror, each scene opening up to reveal heightening anxious dread, that will leave horror fans happy this holiday season.

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NOC Interview: Kate Siegel Talks ‘Hypnotic’ and ‘Midnight Mass’

Kate Siegel will next star as Jenn in Netflix’s new film, Hypnotic. The psychological thriller premieres on October 27. The actress can also be seen portraying Erin Greene in Midnight Mass. All seven episodes of the series are currently streaming on Netflix.

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‘Madres’ Star Ariana Guerra on How Film Can Tell Stories to Inspire Change

Madres is a bit of an enigma as a film. Billed as a horror movie about a Mexican American couple in 1970 who move to California for better opportunities as the due date for their first born approaches, the film takes inspiration from a very real historical tragedy. In the years post WWII, California farm workers were subjected to hazardous working conditions which poisoned them with the deadly pesticides that were being sprayed over the crops. Madres aims to bring awareness to a forgotten disaster and Ariana Guerra wanted to make sure she was apart of this important story when she accepted the role of the film’s protagonist, Diana. 

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‘The Manor’ Director Axelle Carolyn Wants to Know Why Everyone is So Afraid to Grow Old

Axelle Carolyn has been a lover of the horror genre from the beginning of her career. Ever since her jump from sitting in front of the screen to being behind the camera as a director, Carolyn has honed her craft to tell human stories through the genre that scares us most. For her new movie, The Manor, premiering on Amazon Prime Video as a part of “Welcome to the Blumhouse,” we were able to sit down and talk with Carolyn about life, death, and the fear of growing old.

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Gigi Saul Guerrero on Campy Horror and Respecting Your Elders in ‘Bingo Hell’

In Bingo Hell, co-writer and director Gigi Saul Guerrero creates a world of horror that harkens to the campiness of early ’80s schlock with a tale that feels as old as time itself. But it’s also a labor of love and reverence for the people in our lives that came before but are often never the protagonist of our stories — our elders. 

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‘Call of Duty: Vanguard’ Drops First Look at Zombies Mode from Treyarch Studios

There can’t be a Call of Duty release without the inclusion of their flagship Zombies mode, and today new details were finally revealed. From the first introduction back in Call of Duty: World at War in 2009, to the latest version by Treyarch Studios (in partnership with Sledgehammer Games) in Vanguard, players have been exposed to all manner of gameplay features that focused on staving off hordes of zombies. Today, Activision showcased a first look at the new mode coming to their latest title November 5, which features a franchise-first crossover with the studio whose legacy goes back to the mode’s humble beginnings.

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‘Ouija Japan’ Summons Greatness but is Cursed with Being Decent

Something that has always fascinated me in horror movies is that through the sheer bombastic embrace of all things repulsive in society, it can often be the best mirror image society has of itself. Whether it be through nightmare dream logic, campy visual stylization, or an over abundance of gore, when you strip the horror genre to its core there is a meaning behind the madness.

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The Haunting History of Vampires and Blackness is Captured in ‘Black as Night’

In the film Black as Night, screenwriter Sherman Payne pens a haunting and alluring tale of vampires and their victims through a lens not much often looked through. Crafting a story that centers Shawna, a 15-year-old African American woman, as she battles vampires in a modern day New Orleans against a backdrop of not only the history of Hurricane Katrina but also the generational and systemic trauma of being Black in America. 

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Sydney Park Discusses Her New Film, ‘There’s Someone Inside Your House’

Sydney Park stars as Makani Young in Netflix’s There’s Someone Inside Your House. The new horror film is based on Stephanie Perkins’ New York Times best-selling novel of the same name. There’s Someone Inside Your House began streaming on October 6, so this interview will contain spoilers for the film.

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