Jason Blum apologizes for the "foolish" comment about the directors: "I made a stupid mistake"

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NEW YORK, NY – MAY 16: Executive producer Jason Blum attends a round table for "This is Home: A Refugee Story" – Premier New York presentation at the Crosby Street Hotel on May 16, 2018 in the city of New York. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic / Getty Images for the International Rescue Committee)

By Slaven Vlasic / Getty Images for the International Rescue Committee.

If any team can take credit for the rebirth of modern horror, it's Blumhouse Productions. The company, led by Jason Blum, has launched a series of successes in recent years, including The purge Y I left. But while their productions are numerous, the company has yet to theatrically release a horror film directed by a woman (although it has released films that are not directors' horror).

When Polygon asked him recently why it was that, Blum made a little effort, naming women directors with whom he has tried to work (Jennifer Kent who directed The Babadook, for example), then he pointed: "There are not a lot of women directors, and even fewer who are inclined to do the horror," he said. It took, oh, about five minutes for the internet. to check your comment naming dozens of directors who have released films in the genre. And just a few hours after the violent reaction, Blum issued an apology on Twitter, calling himself for his "silly comments."

"I made a stupid mistake," he wrote. "I talked too fast about a serious topic, a subject that I'm passionate about."

Here is the complete statement:

Thank you all for calling me in my silly comments on that
interview. I made a stupid mistake. I spoke too fast about a
A serious problem, a subject that I'm passionate about. More than 50 percent of our
The audience is female. More than 50 percent of Blumhouse executives are women. Some
Our most successful franchises are anchored by women, including the
an opening tomorrow / today, led by the biggest female legend of this
gender. But we have not done a good job working with women.
The directors and it's not because they do not exist. I heard from many
today. The way my passion came out was silly. And that's why I'm sorry.
I will do it better.

In the Polygon interview, writer. Matte patches he noticed that Blum "seemed shaken" when he realized that, in the last 12 years, his company had never released a horror film directed by a woman. "We're always trying to do that," Blum said. "We're not trying to do it because of recent events, we've always been trying."

She also had specific praise for Kent, who made waves in 2014 with her feature film debut: "Jennifer Kent, I've offered her all the movies we've had available, she's rejected me every time."

Blum then tried to name another specific director, but could not remember his name. With the help of his team, he finally discovered who he was thinking: Leigh Janiak, The filmmaker behind the independent horror film of 2014. Honeymoon. He said his team has also offered him a lot of projects, but nothing has come to fruition. Janiak confirmed to Polygon that he has met with Blum, but programming conflicts have got in the way of possible collaborations. "We will work together on something, someday soon," he wrote.

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* The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari *

The cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Because nothing says horror like a 1920 German expressionist film. This classic about a murderous hypnotist is now inspiring for its innovative cinematography and pure cunning, more of a beautiful black film than a true horror story.

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* Dracula *

Dracula

The original film adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel is a must for film fans. She is the mother of all vampire movies, with an indelible performance by Bela Lugosi and a truly exuberant cinematography. (Only this scene of the awakening of Dracula's wives is a thing of pure beauty). Also, it's from 1930s"There's no way I scare you.

Photo: From the everett collection.

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*Psychopath*

Psychopath

Oh, another classic that all movie fans should have in their pocket. Alfred Hitchcock's seminal thriller shocked the audience in 1960 with its rainy scene and its latest plot, but it will not horrify modern viewers in the same way. Hitchcock had more to do with suspense than with fear, even if Pischo It still gives you a healthy fit of chills.

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* Carrie *

Carrie

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* Paranorman *

Paranorman

This stop-motion comedy for children is a happy story about a child who sees dead people. (For the scary version, go current The sixth Sense.) It's more of a charming story of maturity with genuine laughs, and some lively and spooky creatures, just in case.

Photo: From Focus Features / Everett Collection.

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* What we do in the shadows *

What we do in the shadows

Very similar Shaun, this mockumentary of 2014 spins a genre of head, making fun of the wild and sexy story of vampires. Written and directed by the best of New Zealand, Jemaine clement Y Taika Waititi, who also stars, the film is about a trio of vampires who live everyday life: they divide the domestic tasks, they try to obtain invited in nightclubs, which takes a turn when they have to face a new 20-year-old vampire.

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*I left*

I left

Not make mistakes: Jordan Peele & # 39; s The excellent debut feature is a full horror movie, with twists and turns very disturbing. But the horror is not based on the fear of the twisted leap or the unsightly violence; instead, it has been incorporated into the film's brilliant social commentary on modern racism. And if that is not enough, take it from another puppet: this is a blow of horror that a candle can have.

Photo: From the Universal / Everett collection.

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The cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Because nothing says horror like a 1920 German expressionist film. This classic about a murderous hypnotist is now inspiring for its innovative cinematography and pure cunning, more of a beautiful black film than a true horror story.

From the Everett collection.

<img src = "https://media.vanityfair.com/photos/59e91489556f5850638b46be/master/w_768,c_limit/horror-movies-for-wimps-ss02.jpg" alt = "Dracula“/>

Dracula

The original film adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel is a must for film fans. She is the mother of all vampire movies, with an indelible performance by Bela Lugosi and a truly exuberant cinematography. (Only this scene of the awakening of Dracula's wives is a thing of pure beauty). Also, it's from 1930s"There's no way I scare you.

From the Everett collection.

<img src = "https://media.vanityfair.com/photos/59e91489ff930f77b674e6b5/master/w_768,c_limit/horror-movies-for-wimps-ss03.jpg" alt = "Psychopath“/>

Psychopath

Oh, another classic that all movie fans should have in their pocket. Alfred Hitchcock's seminal thriller shocked the audience in 1960 with its rainy scene and its latest plot, but it will not horrify modern viewers in the same way. Hitchcock had more to do with suspense than with fear, even if Pischo It still gives you a healthy fit of chills.

From Paramount / Kobal / REX / Shutterstock.

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Carrie

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From United Artists / Kobal / REX / Shutterstock.

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Elf

Like many horror films of past decades, Elf, Besides, it's not as scary as once. But he still has some solid moments of fear: do yourself a favor and close your eyes when Martin casella It takes over in the bathroom scene, so save it for when you're braver.

From the MGM / Everett collection.

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Gremlins

The 1984 horror comedy is basically about Furbies from hell. Although it is aimed at a younger audience, there Some the violence that led him to see PG-13, but at the end of the day, it's still a fun little movie about people fighting silly puppets.

From Warner Bros. / Kobal / REX / Shutterstock.

The missing child

The missing child

At the heart of this vampire saga there is an emo journey about two silly teenagers (Corey Feldman and Corey Haim, the dream duo of the 80s), defending himself from a group of too-cool vampires who were trying to turn one of his older brothers into a monster. There are definitely some terrifying images: mental tricks in which the vampire head (a blonde blond of ice) Kiefer Sutherland) turns the rice into worms, bloody frenzy, but his youthful spirit, his style and his comedy far exceed the elements of horror.

From Warner Bros. / Kobal / REX / Shutterstock.

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Silence of inocents

Silence It is a perfect psychological thriller, an immersion in the life of a F.B.I. green. agent (Jodie foster) who has to interview a captured cannibal serial killer (Anthony Hopkins), then use that information to catch another loose assassin. Jonathan Demme's classic is disturbing and suspenseful, but it is also so elegant that he won the best film at the 1992 Oscars. Weak certificates can fully handle this prestigious project.

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Zombieland

Speaking of a zombie meal that is more fun than terrifying, this adventure story of 2009 brings together a group of survivors in a world possessed by the undead. It's like a practical guide to survive a zombie apocalypse. And to demonstrate his lean comedy, director. Ruben Fleischer hit a very the famous comedian who will come for a perfect cameo, that we will not ruin the newcomers.

From the Columbia Pictures / Everett collection.

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Shaun of the dead

From edgar wright The horror comedy of Kooky 2004 brought the zombie genre to shit. A little warned: there is a lot of blood and braaaains and frightful violence, but it is so intelligent and absurd that fear is balanced.

From Rogue Pictures / Everett Collection.

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Paranorman

This stop-motion comedy for children is a happy story about a child who sees dead people. (For the scary version, go current The sixth Sense.) It's more of a charming story of maturity with genuine laughs, and some lively and spooky creatures, just in case.

From Focus Features / Everett Collection.

<img src = "https://media.vanityfair.com/photos/59f0ae0559227820827d16ee/master/w_768,c_limit/horror-movies-for-wimps-ss12-a.jpg" alt = "What we do in the shadows“/>

What we do in the shadows

Very similar Shaun, this mockumentary of 2014 spins a genre of head, making fun of the wild and sexy story of vampires. Written and directed by the best of New Zealand, Jemaine clement Y Taika Waititi, who also stars, the film is about a trio of vampires who live everyday life: they divide the domestic tasks, they try to obtain invited in nightclubs, which takes a turn when they have to face a new 20-year-old vampire.

From Moviestore / REX / Shutterstock.

<img src = "https://media.vanityfair.com/photos/59e9148c556f5850638b46c2/master/w_768,c_limit/horror-movies-for-wimps-ss13.jpg" alt = "I left“/>

I left

Not make mistakes: Jordan Peele & # 39; s The excellent debut feature is a full horror movie, with twists and turns very disturbing. But the horror is not based on the fear of the twisted leap or the unsightly violence; instead, it has been incorporated into the film's brilliant social commentary on modern racism. And if that is not enough, take it from another puppet: this is a blow of horror that a candle can have.

From the Universal / Everett collection.



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