Since Blumhouse Productions is known for making horror movies, Claim (2012) at get out (2017), it’s easy to forget that the company has released movies in other genres. The company was founded in 2000 and when paranormal activity was released in 2007, Blumhouse became known for its scary movies.
From a romantic drama that’s a real heartbreak to a romantic comedy, a drama about a musical prodigy and his difficult teacher, and a 2018 movie based on a true story, there are several Blumhouse releases that aren’t among of the horror genre.
A romantic drama about two people with cancer who fall in love is unlike the kind of story Blumhouse Productions puts out. But that’s the plot of the 2006 Blumhouse movie Griffin and Phoenix, which is a remake of the 1976 film, which starred Jill Clayburgh and Peter Falk.
Some Blumhouse movies are underwhelming, but Griffin and Phoenix is a sweet and hard movie not to fall in love with. Henry Griffin (Dermot Mulroney) has terminal cancer with about a year left, and Sarah Phoenix (Amanda Peet) is also ill. Just like the popular 1970 movie Love story captivated audiences with the story of Oliver (Ryan O’Neal) falling in love with Jenny (Ali McGraw) or the 2014 film adaptation of John Green’s YA novel Blame it on our stars were huge tears, it will be hard to watch this movie without tearing up.
Blumhouse is not known for making comedies, especially romantic comedies, and one of their earliest films was in 2008 The Accidental Husband. When Sophia, the fiancée of Patrick Sullivan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), talks to Dr. Emma Lloyd (Uma Thurman), who hosts a radio show about love and relationships, Emma says it would be a good idea not to marry. Patrick wants revenge and pranks Emma: he creates a fake marriage license to make it look like he and Emma are husband and wife, which is a problem since she’s engaged to Richard (Colin Firth).
Although the film has a few rom-com cliches, it’s perfect for fans of quirky love stories with happy endings. The ending may be entirely predictable, but the star-studded cast is solid and makes the story worth watching.
Based on the play of the same name by Larry Kramer, the 2014 HBO film The normal heart is a devastating, sad and moving story about the HIV/AIDS crisis. It’s also a Blumhouse movie.
Alexander “Ned” Weeks (Mark Ruffalo) is a gay writer spending time on Fire Island in 1981. Ned’s good friend Craig Donner (Jonathan Groff) starts coughing and appears to be sick, and when Ned finds a New York Times story titled “Rare Cancer Diagnosed in 41 Homosexuals”, he meets Julia Roberts’ character, Dr. Emma Brookner, who begins to put the pieces together. The film is difficult to watch but important, and Ned’s relationship with Felix Turner (Matt Bomer) is sweet.
JK Simmons is loved in the Spider Man movies and his best movies include 2014 Whiplash where he gave a breathtaking, shocking and dark performance as Terence Fletcher, professor at the Shaffer Conservatory. When Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller), a jazz drummer, arrives at school, Fletcher makes it his goal to make him the best. Unfortunately for Andrew, Fletcher is scary, abusive and controlling. Soon, the two characters are playing a kind of game of cat and mouse together.
While some good movies have horrible endings, Whiplash a satisfied audience with a clever, surprising and creative ending that no one can see coming. While it may not be a horror movie, it has the right acting and surprising twists that are typical of Blumhouse.
Based on the book by Ron Stallworth Black Klansman, BlacKkKlansman was released in 2018 and tells the story of Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington), Colorado Springs’ first African-American detective who investigates the nearby Klu Klux Klan. Adam Driver plays Detective Philip “Flip” Zimmeran in the film.
It’s one of Adam Driver’s best movies and features great performances from the entire cast. The subject is heavy and important and Spike Lee co-wrote and directed the film. Jason Blum hoped Lee would win an Oscar and said Deadline.com“Spike doesn’t really talk about it, but it would be important to me to see this film lead to the kind of recognition that it so deserves. He’s one of the great filmmakers of his generation, and the fact that this project resulted in his first DGA nomination is something I’m very proud of. But, really, this should be his fifth. Spike Lee won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2019.
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