The last few years have been very successful for the horror genre, as plenty of new and exciting projects have been met with critical and box office acclaim. Movies like Get Out and Split have come from Blumhouse Productions, and now the horror house will put its spin on a real classic: Halloween. The new canon-defying sequel will arrive shortly, bringing back OG scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode. The upcoming Halloween is being teased as Laurie's final conflict with Michael Myers, but does Blumhouse have plans for more sequels? Jason Blum was recently asked just this. and responded enthusiastically with:
Yeah, for sure, for sure, 100 percent. Let me tell you, if we got six movies out of [Paranormal Activity] --- they found new footage five times in a row! --- I feel like we can figure out the next chapter. But we'll see.
In true horror fashion, Jason Blum isn't counting the Halloween franchise out just yet. Because if Blumhouse's catalogue of horror films is any indication, they know how to keep a property alive.
While partly in jest, Jason Blum's comments to EW show that Blumhouse Productions might just keep the Halloween property going after the upcoming sequel. John Carpenter's original movie debuted back in 1978, and the franchise has kept strong in the decades since Jamie Lee Curtis' Laurie Strode first faced off against Michael Myers. Horror properties rely on sequels, with this year's Halloween marks the whopping 11th film in the series.
Another potential Halloween sequel is going to depend on both the box office performance of this month's installment, as well as the film's contents. Halloween is currently being hyped up as Laurie Strode's final conflict with Michael Myers. This strongly hints that Jamie Lee Curtis' won't be back again, and that the scream queen might even perish during some point in the film. If that's the case, Blumhouse has done some set up to continue to the franchise, as the new Halloween will also focus on Laurie's daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak).
Blumhouse Productions has had its own share of horror franchise, so it seems primed to start a new age of Halloween movies. The first Paranormal Activity broke new ground and brought the company a ton of profit, helping establish Blumhouse as a haven for horror projects. Blumouse is also responsible for acclaimed franchises Insidious, The Purge, and The Conjuring. Clearly they know how to make a concept work for multiple installments, and Halloween has such a massive following that the generations of fans would be happy for more and more sequels.
Halloween will arrive in theaters on October 19th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.