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Blumhouse Unveils Five Nights at Freddy's Clip at Blum Fest 2023 During New York Comic Con '23!

Happy Halloween! Welcome to Blum Fest 2023, a celebration of all things horror. We had the pleasure of attending The Blum Fest Panel During New York Comic Con 2023 featuring Jason Blum, the founder of Blumhouse Productions, and some of the talented directors who have contributed to the success of this iconic production company. We'll be diving into the world of horror, discussing the evolution of Blumhouse, and exploring the impact of three of their up coming films this year and beyond. So, grab your popcorn and get ready for a thrilling ride.


The Birth of a Horror Empire

Blumhouse Productions burst onto the scene with the release of "Paranormal Activity," a low-budget found-footage horror film that became a massive success. Jason Blum, the mastermind behind Blumhouse, reflects on the humble beginnings of the company:

"It all started with 'Paranormal Activity.' If you had told me back then that we would be here today, I wouldn't have believed it. The biggest challenge for us is to keep pushing the boundaries and delivering scary and original content. We don't want to get lazy or repeat ourselves. We strive to make every movie feel different and unique." - Jason Blum

Blumhouse has certainly lived up to this goal, consistently delivering a diverse range of horror films that keep audiences on the edge of their seats. From supernatural thrillers like "Insidious" to comedic horror hits like "Freaky" and "Happy Death Day," Blumhouse has proven that they can tackle any subgenre with finesse.


The Power of Collaboration

Blumhouse's success can be attributed, in part, to their collaborations with talented directors and actors who share their passion for horror. One such collaboration is with director Nahnatchka, Khan known for her work on Ali Wong's comedy specials. Nahnatchka discusses the fusion of comedy and horror in her film "Totally Killer":

"Anything I do will always have a streak of comedy. This just made sense for us. Jason and his team were so supportive of the whole thing. We wanted to create a film that would make people laugh and get a little scared at the same time. It's a delicate balance, but when done right, it can be incredibly satisfying." - Nahnatchka

Blumhouse's willingness to embrace different styles and visions is what sets them apart from other production companies. They understand the importance of finding directors with a strong voice and a unique perspective. Jason Blum reflects on the process of finding the right director for a project: "We look for someone who has a very strong vision and a point of view. Nahnatchka checked all those boxes. She gave me a lot of confidence in her abilities. We actually chased her for this project because we knew she was the perfect fit." Says Blum.


The Terrifying Power of Water

A new kind of fear is on its way to Blumhouse films with a trailer already causing fans to avoid the deep end of the water. Bryce McGuire, the director of the upcoming film "Nightswim," shares his personal experience that inspired the movie:

"I cannot be the only one who saw 'Jaws' and was convinced that shark was beneath me in the pool. That fear of the unknown, of what lies beneath the surface, is what inspired 'Nightswim.' Even in a place that should be safe and fun, like a pool, there's a sense of unease. We wanted to tap into that universal fear." - Bryce McGuire

Blumhouse films often take something seemingly ordinary and turn it into a source of terror. This ability to find horror in the mundane is what makes their films so effective in eliciting fear from audiences.


Five Nights at Freddy's: A Long-Awaited Adaptation

One of the most highly anticipated projects from Blumhouse is the adaptation of the popular video game franchise, "Five Nights at Freddy's." Jason Blum reflects on the long journey to bring this project to life:

"We've been trying to make this movie for eight years. The fanbase for 'Five Nights at Freddy's' is incredibly passionate, and we wanted to make sure we did justice to the game. We made the decision to make the movie for the fans, to stay true to the source material. It's been a long process, but seeing the reaction to the trailer has been incredibly satisfying." - Jason Blum

Emma Tammi, the director of "Five Nights at Freddy's," was also present and discussed the challenge of adapting a video game into a film:

"We started with the original designs from the game and worked closely with the Jim Henson Creature Shop to bring the animatronics to life. Every detail, from the scale to the fabrics, was carefully considered to ensure authenticity. We wanted to create a cinematic feast for the fans, something that would make every frame of the film feel rich and immersive." - Emma Tammi

The commitment to practical effects and attention to detail in "Five Nights at Freddy's" is a testament to Blumhouse's dedication to delivering an authentic and thrilling experience for fans.


The Blumhouse Experience: Horror Nights and Beyond

Blumhouse Productions doesn't stop at the big screen. They have also collaborated with Universal Pictures to create immersive experiences at Halloween Horror Nights. Jason Blum discusses their partnership and the impact it has on their films:

"We love to scare people in any way possible. The live experiences at Halloween Horror Nights allow us to bring our films to life and give audiences a taste of what they can expect. It also inspires us to think outside the box and come up with new ideas for our movies." - Jason Blum

The collaboration between Blumhouse and Universal Pictures not only enhances the fan experience but also serves as a source of inspiration for future projects.


Blumhouse Productions has come a long way since the release of "Paranormal Activity." Their commitment to delivering scary and original content, take on and recreate familiar IP, their collaborations with talented directors, and their ability to tap into universal fears have solidified their place in the horror genre. With projects like "Nightswim" and "Five Nights at Freddy's" on the horizon, Blumhouse continues to push the boundaries of horror and captivate audiences worldwide.


As we look to the future, it's clear that Blumhouse will continue to innovate and surprise us with their unique brand of horror. Whether it's through their films, live experiences, or future collaborations, Blumhouse Productions will undoubtedly remain a house of horror heads, dedicated to thrilling and terrifying audiences for years to come.

So, as we bid farewell to Blum Fest 2023, let's embrace the darkness and eagerly await the next spine-chilling offering from Blumhouse. Happy Halloween, horror fans!


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