Continuing its very fruitful relationship with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, Universal has dated three Blumhouse horror flicks for dates through 2016.
None of the films are known as of yet, and Blumhouse’s prolific approach to filmmaking means that the three slots could go to already-announced projects or films we don’t even know about yet. It’s tricky to read into something as simple as release dates, but it’s worth noting that the October 21st spot, close to Halloween, has traditionally gone to a Paranormal Activity film, but that isn’t the case in 2016, as Paramount is the distributor for that mega-successful horror franchise.
Untitled Blumhouse Horror 1 will land on September 25th, 2015. It will have to compete with animated flick Hotel Transylvania 2 and Nancy Meyer’s The Intern, a comedy which stars Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro.
Untitled Blumhouse Horror 2 will arrive on January 8th, 2016. That’s the same date that The Forest, a supernatural thriller from Focus Features, is set to open.
Finally, Untitled Blumhouse Horror 3 is now set for October 21th, 2016. It’s the first film that has snagged that date.
So, what films could these spots be reserved for? Your guess is likely as good as mine. The possibilities are really endless though, as Blumhouse could easily shift around the already-scheduled films it has put on the calendar or hand the spots to currently unscheduled films. Candidates in either category include Viral, Amityville, Insidious: Chapter 3, Sinister 2, 6 Miranda Drive, Creep, Lazarus, Incarnate, Visions, The Veil, Gramma, In A Valley of Violence, Mercy, Area 51, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, Mockingbird, Pest, Curve, Stretch, Fangland and many others.
Of course, it’s also possible that the reason we haven’t heard which films Blumhouse and Universal will be releasing on those dates is because the films in question have not yet been determined.
As always, we’ll keep you posted as more news emerges.