Blumhouse Productions: The New House of Horror (Horror Studies) (Paperback)

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By Todd K. Platts (Editor), Victoria McCollum (Editor), Mathias Clasen (Editor)
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An in-depth exploration of one of the most prominent production companies in contemporary horror film.
Blumhouse Productions: The New House of Horror provides the first sustained academic inquiry into one of the biggest production companies currently working in horror film production. Scholars from a wide range of disciplines explore various facets of the company, which is known for such hit franchises as Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and The Purge, in addition to critically acclaimed works such as Get Out, and box office sensations such as Happy Death Day and Split. Balancing attention to the behind-the-scenes workings of the company and its productions with accounts of the films themselves, the book presents a thorough and detailed picture of Blumhouse Productions and its cultural footprint.

About the Author

Todd K. Platts is professor of sociology at Piedmont Virginia Community College.

Victoria McCollum is lecturer of cinematic arts at Ulster University, Northern Ireland.

Mathias Clasen is associate professor of English at Aarhus University, Denmark.

Praise For…

"As the first book to focus exclusively on the company, Blumhouse Productions: The New House of Horror (University of Wales Press, part of their Horror Studies series) has a lot of ground to cover. Editors Todd K. Platts, Victoria McCollum, and Mathias Clasen cleverly do so by grouping the chapters into one of three categories: 'the economic influences on Blumhouse’s productions; content themes that span across individual films and franchises; and key films and franchises.' This approach is doubly effective in that it both looks far beyond the close formalist readings that tend to dominate such publications and highlights the shared economic preoccupations between the company itself and the financial anxieties central to its unique brand of 'recessionary horror.'"
— Film International

"An impressively meticulous collection of essays written by established and emerging scholars, this book deepens our understanding of the role that Blumhouse has played in reshaping the contours of mainstream horror entertainment since the theatrical release of Paranormal Activity in 2009. Encompassing a broad array of approaches, topics, and texts, Blumhouse Productions: The New House of Horror will prove to be essential reading for film, media, and cultural studies scholars alike. A must read!"
— William Proctor, Associate Professor in Popular Culture, Bournemouth University, UK

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781786838636
ISBN-10: 178683863X
Publisher: University of Wales Press
Publication Date: August 18th, 2022
Pages: 328
Series: Horror Studies