The next Chapter of Welcome To The Blumhouse anthology has been announced by Amazon Prime. Returning for four more films in this collection of eight genre-movies produced by Amazon Studios and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Television.
The slate of titles are: The Manor written and directed by Axelle Carolyn, Black as Night from director Maritte Lee Go, Madres directed by Ryan Zaragoza and Bingo from director Gigi Saul Guerrero.
The Welcome to the Blumhouse program continues the legacy of original, elevated, genre storytelling that is a Blumhouse signature. Centred around unsettling themes of institutional horrors and personal phobias, the films tap into people’s deepest fears. These social thrillers present a distinctive vision and unique perspective. Similar to the first four films of the program, the slate continues with a thruline theme making it the first ever program of Amazon Original movies on Prime Video that are thematically connected. The films continue to showcase exciting up-and-coming filmmakers, alongside established actors in exceptional and shocking new roles.
“Coming off the successful launch of the first four films of the program, which has surpassed our expectations, we are excited to reveal the next chapter coming in 2021,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. “The spine-tingling, edge of your seat thrills continues in this next collection of titles that will surely entertain, surprise and shock our global customers.”
Written and directed by Axelle Carolyn | Barbara Hershey, Bruce Davison, Nicholas Alexander, Jill Larsen, Fran Bennett, Katie Amanda Keane.
After suffering a stroke, Judith Albright moves into a historic nursing home, where she begins to suspect something supernatural is preying on the residents. In order to escape she’ll need to convince everyone around her that she doesn’t actually belong there after all.
Executive produced by Jason Blum, Jeremy Gold, Marci Wiseman, Lisa Bruce, Sandy King and Richard J Bosner.
Black as Night
Directed by Maritte Lee Go and written by Sherman Payne | Asjha Cooper, Fabrizio Guido, Craig Tate, Keith David, Mason Beauchamp, Abbie Gayle, Frankie Smith.
A teenage girl with self-esteem issues finds confidence in the most unlikely way, by spending her summer battling vampires that prey on New Orleans’ disenfranchised with the help of her best friend, the boy she’s always pined for, and a peculiar rich girl.
Executive produced by Jason Blum, Jeremy Gold, Marci Wiseman, Lisa Bruce, Maggie Malina ,Guy Stodel.
Directed by first-time feature director Ryan Zaragoza and written by Marcella Ochoa & Mario Miscione | Tenoch Huerta, Ariana Guerra, Evelyn Gonzalez, Kerry Cahill, Elpidia Carrillo.
A Mexican-American couple expecting their first child relocate to a migrant farming community in 1970’s California. When the wife begins to experience strange symptoms and terrifying visions, she tries to determine if it’s related to a legendary curse or something more nefarious.
Executive produced by Jason Blum, Jeremy Gold, Marci Wiseman, Lisa Bruce, Sanjay Sharma, Matthew Myers.
Directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero | written by Shane McKenzie & Gigi Saul Guerrero, Perry Blackshear.
In the Barrio of Oak Springs live a strong and stubborn group of elderly friends who refuse to be gentrified. Their leader, Lupita, keeps them together as a community, a family. But little did they know, their beloved Bingo hall is about to be sold to a much more powerful force than money itself.
Executive produced by Jason Blum, Jeremy Gold, Marci Wiseman and Raynor Shima.
Currently on Prime Video, the initial slate of films launched earlier this month with The Lie from acclaimed writer/director Veena Sud, Black Box from up-and-coming writer/director Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr., Evil Eye from promising young directors Elan Dassani and Rajeev Dassani, and Nocturne from filmmaker Zu Quirke.
To be honest the first batch of Welcome To The Blumhouse films reaction was a mixed bag. Whilst you could see the films weren’t the worse, they were clearly not strong enough to be released cinematically. Somewhere like Amazon Prime might just be that blessing in disguise the films need.
Welcome To The Blumhouse will return in 2021.