The Blumhouse brand continues to grow exponentially. While they recently suffered a rare disappointment with Happy Death Day 2U’s under performance this weekend, the studio has made a progressive effort to expand their horror brand. Last year was a big step forward for them, as the success of Halloween proved the studio can handle new and old properties alike.
With that film’s success, more and more fans are clamoring for Blumhouse to revive other old horror franchises. In an interview with Cinemablend, Jason Blum was asked about whether his studio had any interest in reviving Scream and Hellraiser, stating:
“Yes, we definitely have [discussed it]. We’re looking – there’s nothing happening with either one of those things – but we’re definitely looking at it, and it’s definitely something I’d be open to.”
Both of these properties have a sizable audience, with Scream in particular being a cultural phenomenon when it was first released back in the late 90’s. Hellraiser admittedly seems like a fairly easy film series to update, not having to change much in terms of story, rather focusing on more unique ways to bring the characters to life. Scream on the other hand, is a different story.
Part of what made Scream so successful was its meta-humor, commenting cleverly on the tropes of the slasher genre. While that was fresh when the original came out, it is a lot more played out now, meaning a new filmmaker and writer would have to work substantially to update it. I think making a Scream film that addresses the tropes of modern horror could be an effective re-tooling.
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