Disc and Digital Release Dates Set for Blumhouse Thriller ‘The Black Phone’

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has set home release dates for the psychological thriller The Black Phone.

The film, which earned more than $84 million in North American movie theaters, will be released through digital retailers on Aug. 12, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on Aug. 16.

In The Black Phone, from Blumhouse and director Scott Derrickson, a 13-year-old boy is abducted by a child killer and locked in a soundproof basement, where he starts receiving calls on a disconnected phone from the killer’s previous victims.

The Black Phone, which stars Ethan Hawke, is based on the short story of the same name by Joe Hill. Other cast members include Jeremy Davies, James Ransone, Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw.

The home releases come with exclusive bonus content, including deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes with the cast and crew, Derrickson’s short film Shadowprowler, and a feature commentary by Derrickson, whose credits also include producer and co-writer.
 
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‘Firestarter’ Due on Digital June 12, Disc June 28

The newest film adaptation of the classic Stephen King thriller Firestarter will arrive on digital June 12 and on Blu-ray and DVD June 28 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The Blumhouse suspense thriller follows a girl with extraordinary pyrokinetic powers. Protected by her parents (Zac Efron and Sydney Lemmon), Charlie (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) has lived her childhood on the run and has kept her extraordinary powers in check. But now that she’s turning 11, the flames are harder to control, and sinister forces are seeking to capture her. Charlie must learn to embrace the fire from within and fight to control it in order to protect her family and freedom.

The release features a never-before-seen alternate ending and exclusive bonus content which includes deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, and a feature commentary with the director.

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‘Halloween Kills’ Domestic Box Office With $50.4 Million Debut

Universal Pictures’ sequel Halloween Kills didn’t disappoint, generating an estimated $50.4 million in opening weekend box office revenue across more than 3,700 North American screens.

The sequel to the 2018 reboot from Blumhouse, with Jamie Lee Curtis again reprising her original teen (now grandmother) role as Laurie Strode, intent on ending the murderous reign of Michael Myers, is the highest-grossing theatrical bow for a movie concurrently available on streaming at no extra cost to Peacock subscribers.

Halloween Kills‘ opening did not match the $76 million opening for 2018’s Halloween, which heavily marketed the return of Curtis to the role that launched her career. Kills is expected to resonate strongly at the box office through Oct. 31, before it will be made available on premium VOD.

Jamie Lee Curtis as grandmother Laurie Strode in Halloween Kills

MGM/United Artists Releasing’s James Bond title No Time to Die was the week’s runner-up with more than $24.3 million, reaching nearly $100 million at North American screens ($447 million globally) in Daniel Craig’s last run as Agent 007.

Another hyped new release, Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel (20th Century Studios), failed to match its $7 million to $10 million box office estimates, with less than $5 million in ticket sales. The result is disappointing for a film that reportedly cost $100 million to make — and features Matt Damon, Adam Driver and Jodie Comer.

Finally, Sony Pictures’ Venom: Let There Be Carnage saw $16.5 million in ticket sales to bring its three-week total to $169.1 million, while MGM/United Releasing’s The Addams Family 2 realized $7.2 million in ticket sales ($42.3 million overall).

‘Forever Purge’ Coming Home in September

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release The Forever Purge through digital retailers Sept. 14, and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Sept. 28.

Produced by Blumhouse, The Forever Purge is the fifth film in the “Purge” franchise that chronicles a dystopian future where society cleanses itself by abandoning all laws for one night.

In the new installment an underground movement no longer satisfied with the annual night of anarchy and murder decides to overtake America through an unending campaign of mayhem and massacre. On the morning after the Purge, a masked gang of killers attacks a wealthy Texas ranching family and their workers. Exposed by daylight, the two groups are forced to band together and fight back as the country spirals into chaos and the United States begins to disintegrate around them.

The cast includes Ana de la Reguera, Tenoch Huerta, Cassidy Freeman, Leven Rambin, Josh Lucas and Will Patton.

Extras include an alternate opening storyboard, a deleted scene, the film’s trailer, and the featurettes “Collapsing the System: Behind the Forever Purge” and “Creeptastic Wardrobe.”

‘Sons of Anarchy’ Creator Directing New Netflix Movie ‘This Beast’

TV producer and actor Kurt Sutter (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Southpaw”) has been tapped to write, direct and produce (with Blumhouse Television) his first original movie, This Beast for Netflix.

Set in an 18th century English village, townspeople are besieged by a mysterious and elusive beast. Dozens of innocents are slaughtered and the mayhem is driven to puritanical heights by religious fanaticism. The impossible task of killing the beast falls to a lowly trapper who promises he can stop the carnage. But for him this hunt is not a professional mission, it’s a deeply personal one.

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Kurt Sutter

The idea was inspired by The Beast of Gévaudan. A true story about a mysterious animal that terrorized a French village in the 1760s.

“Bringing my disturbing, familial story sensibility into the Blumhouse world just seemed like something that had to happen,” Sutter said in a statement.  “And This Beast is the perfect project for that marriage. And Netflix is the perfect venue for that bloody ceremony.”

Indeed, Sutter, who can be seen on the big screen in sci-fi actioner Chaos Walking, is no stranger to fictionalized mayhem. A writer and producer on “The Shield,” Sutter raised his profile following a seven-season run for “Sons of Anarchy,” another FX crime drama about a gun-running motorcycle gang in the fictional town of Charming, Calif.

“We’ve long been fans of Kurt and his unparalleled storytelling — that’s both visceral and packs an emotional punch,” said Jason Blum, CEO and founder of Blumhouse. “We’re excited [to be] producing his first feature for Netflix.”

Horror-Comedy ‘Freaky’ Coming to Digital Jan. 26, Disc Feb. 9

The Vince Vaughn horror-comedy Freaky will come out on digital Jan. 26 and Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 9 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film from Blumhouse (Happy Death Day, “The Purge” franchise), a teenage girl switches bodies with a relentless serial killer.

High school senior Millie (Kathryn Newton, Blockers, HBO’s “Big Little Lies”) is just trying to survive being the unpopular kid when she becomes The Butcher’s (Vaughn, Wedding CrashersCouples Retreat) next target. Their fateful encounter gets twisted, and they wake up in each other’s bodies. Now looking like a towering psychopath, Millie learns she only has 24 hours to reverse the curse and get her body back before the switch becomes permanent and she’s trapped in the form of a middle-aged maniac forever. With some help from her friends — Nyla (Celeste O’Connor, Ghostbusters: Afterlife) and Joshua (Misha Osherovich, The Goldfinch) — and her crush Booker (Uriah Shelton, Enter the Warriors Gate), Millie races against the clock to reverse the curse while The Butcher discovers that having a female teen body is the perfect cover for a little homecoming killing spree.

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The “Killer Switch Edition” bonus content includes deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film and a feature commentary with co-writer/director Christopher Landon.

Vaughn won a Critics Choice Super Award for Best Actor in a Horror Movie.

‘The Craft: Legacy’ to Debut on Disc Dec. 22 From Sony

Blumhouse’s The Craft: Legacy will debut on DVD and Blu-ray Dec. 22 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The Craft: Legacy, which debuted on PVOD Oct. 28, is a continuation of the 1996 film The Craft, in which aspiring teenage witches get more than they bargained for as they lean into their newfound powers. The film is written and directed by Zoe Lister-Jones and stars Cailee Spaeny (Bad Times at the El Royale, On the Basis of Sex), Gideon Adlon (The Society, Blockers, The Mustang), Lovie Simone (Selah & the Spades, Greenleaf), Zoey Luna (Pose, Boundless) and Nicholas Galitzine (Cinderella), with Michelle Monaghan and David Duchovny.

Bonus materials include two featurettes and four alternate scenes with an introduction from the director.

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First BlumFest Will Be Celebrated Online Oct. 29 Touting Blumhouse Projects

Blumhouse Productions is mounting the first of what it hopes will be an annual BlumFest Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. PT on its YouTube channel and Facebook page.

The event will feature the stars from the upcoming Blumhouse films Freaky and The Craft: Legacy; talent and filmmakers from other Blumhouse feature films and television series; and several surprise guests in a celebration composed of virtual panels, sneak previews, updates and news announcements.

“This year has sidelined a lot for all of us, but Halloween is a treasured season at Blumhouse, so we conceived BlumFest to celebrate with our fans via a virtual event that will feature exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage on an upcoming release or two,” Jason Blum, Blumhouse CEO and founder, said in a statement.

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Hosted and moderated by Jacqueline Coley, editor at Rotten Tomatoes, BlumFest 2020 will feature news announcements and virtual panels with the cast and filmmakers from the following Blumhouse projects:

  • Welcome to the Blumhouse — The program features Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, and Jason Blum in a conversation about the collaboration between Amazon and Blumhouse on the recently launched films, The Lie, Nocturne, Evil Eye and Black Box. Mamoudou Athie from the film Black Box will join the conversation, along with surprise guests. The four films are available to stream on Amazon Prime Video now.
  • The Craft: Legacy — Writer-director Zoe Lister Jones and her film’s coven, stars Cailee Spaeny, Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone and Zoey Luna, have a chat about continuing the original film cult hit and reveal secrets from the set. The film is set for Oct. 28 (midnight) release on PVOD and electronic sellthrough in North America, with a planned theatrical release in select international countries.
  • Freaky — Writer-director Chris Landon, stars Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton, and producer Jason Blum talk about the body-swapping horror comedy that will arrive in theaters on Nov. 13 in the United States and in select international markets.
  • Halloween Kills — Writer-director David Gordon Green, actress Jamie Lee Curtis, franchise producer Malek Akkad from Trancas Films, producer Bill Block from Miramax, and producer Jason Blum convene to talk about the upcoming film’s October 2021 release.
  • “The Good Lord Bird” — Executive producer, writer and star, Ethan Hawke, of the critically acclaimed series, and series executive producer Jason Blum discuss their most recent collaboration, which is currently airing on Showtime.

‘The Craft: Legacy’ Coming to PVOD, Digital Sellthrough Oct. 28

The Craft: Legacy will be available in time for Halloween Oct. 28 on PVOD for a 48-hour rental period at $19.99 and for digital purchase at $24.99 from Blumhouse Productions, Red Wagon Entertainment and Columbia Pictures.

An international theatrical release is anticipated in several territories, with details to be solidified in the weeks ahead, according to the producers.

A continuation of the 1996 film The Craft, in which aspiring teenage witches get more than they bargained for as they lean into their newfound powers, the film is written and directed by Zoe Lister-Jones and stars Cailee Spaeny (Bad Times at the El Royale, On the Basis of Sex), Gideon Adlon (The Society, Blockers, The Mustang), Lovie Simone (Selah & the Spades, Greenleaf), Zoey Luna (Pose, Boundless) and Nicholas Galitzine (Cinderella), with Michelle Monaghan and David Duchovny.

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“I’m thrilled to be able to share The Craft: Legacy with audiences all over the world this Halloween,” Lister-Jones said in a statement. “It’s been a true privilege to take on such an iconic title. I can’t wait for the world to meet the incredible young women who make up our new coven.”

“Zoe Lister-Jones has put a bewitching twist on continuing The Craft franchise, and October is the perfect season for it,” producer Jason Blum said in a statement. “We’re thrilled that our partners at Sony Pictures are looking at the landscape opportunistically this Halloween, for audiences to watch at home in the U.S.”

Thriller ‘You Should Have Left’ Arrives on Digital and DVD July 28 From Universal

The psychological thriller You Should Have Left will be available to own on digital and DVD July 28 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

From Blumhouse Productions and writer-director David Koepp (Stir of Echoes), the film stars Kevin Bacon (Patriots DayHollow Man) and Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia! Here We Go AgainLes Misérables) as a couple seeking a restful vacation in a remote home in the Welsh countryside. What at first seems like a perfect retreat distorts into a terrifying nightmare when reality begins to unravel, dark episodes from the past resurface, and a sinister force in the house refuses to let them leave.

The film is based on the novel from German author Daniel Kehlmann and is produced by Jason Blum (The Invisible Man, Halloween, Split, Us).

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