Jason Blum on Redefining Horror Films, Making Box-Office Hits, and Storytelling Tricks

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HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by CEO of Blumhouse Productions Jason Blum to discuss the desire to make original movies (6:00), securing the rights to the Halloween franchise (14:00), the origin story behind The Purge (21:00), working with tech companies in Hollywood (30:00), buying the Amityville Horror house (35:00), the iconic Friday the 13th franchise (41:00), The Gift (45:00), the revival of M. Night Shyamalan (1:00:00), It breaking box-office records (1:06:00), Jordan Peele’s plea to protect Get Out from spoilers (1:11:00), the problems with CGI (1:18:00), and the slew of upcoming projects at Blumhouse (1:24:00).

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