Welcome to the Blumhouse, the partnership between Blumhouse and Amazon Prime that gave us movies like Black Box and Evil Eye last year, is returning with four new horror movies this October—and plot details and first-look images have been revealed!
Kicking things off on October 1st will be Bingo Hell and Black as Night. Then, on October 8th, we’ll get Madres and The Manor. Here’s what we know about these films so far!
Bingo Hell is directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero (Into the Dark), who also co-wrote the film with Shane McKenzie and Perry Blackshearstars, and stars Adriana Barraza (Drag Me to Hell), L. Scott Caldwell (Lost), Richard Brake (3 from Hell), and Joshua Caleb Johnson (The Good Lord Bird). In this wickedly original horror movie with a fiendishly funny twist, 60-something neighbourhood activist Lupita (Barraza) discovers that her beloved local bingo hall has been taken over by a mysterious businessman named Mr. Big (Brake), leading her to rally her elderly friends to fight back against the enigmatic entrepreneur. But when her longtime neighbours begin turning up dead under grisly circumstances, Lupita suddenly discovers that gentrification is the least of her problems. Something terrifying has made itself at home in the quiet barrio of Oak Springs, and with each new cry of “Bingo!” another victim falls prey to its diabolical presence. As the cash prizes increase and the body count steadily rises, Lupita must face the frightening realisation that this game is truly winner-takes-all.
Black as Night is directed by Maritte Lee Go (Phobias), written by Sherman Payne (Scream: The TV Series), and stars Asjha Cooper (Everybody Wants Some!!), Fabrizio Guido (World War Z), Mason Beauchamp (Quail Hollow), Abbie Gayle (Preacher), Craig Tate (12 Years a Slave), and Keith David (The Thing). Described as an action-horror hybrid with a strong social conscience and a biting sense of humour, the film is set 15 years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans and sees a new threat leaving its mark on the Big Easy in the form of puncture wounds on the throats of the city’s vulnerable displaced population. When her drug-addicted mom becomes the latest victim of the undead, 15-year old Shawna (Cooper) vows to even the score. Along with three trusted friends, Shawna hatches a bold plan to infiltrate the vampires’ mansion in the historic French Quarter, destroy their leader, and turn his fanged disciples back to their human form. But killing monsters is no easy task, and soon Shawna and her crew find themselves caught in a centuries-old conflict between warring vampire factions, each fighting to claim New Orleans as their permanent home.
Madres is directed by Ryan Zaragoza, written by Marcella Ochoa and Mario Miscione, and stars Tenoch Huerta (The Forever Purge), Ariana Guerra (Helstrom), Evelyn Gonzalez (The Conners), Kerry Cahill (The Walking Dead), and Elpidia Carrillo (Predator). In the film, Beto (Huerta) and Diana (Guerra), a young Mexican-American couple expecting their first child, move to a small town in 1970’s California where Beto has been offered a job managing a farm. Isolated from the community and plagued by confusing nightmares, Diana explores the rundown company ranch where they reside, finding a grisly talisman and a box containing the belongings of the previous residents. Her discoveries will lead her to a truth much stranger and more terrifying than she could have possibly imagined.
Finally, The Manor was written and directed by Axelle Carolyn (Tales of Halloween) and stars Barbara Hershey (Insidious), Bruce Davison (The Lords of Salem), Nicholas Alexander (Outcast), Jill Larson (The Taking of Deborah Logan), Fran Bennett (New Nightmare), and Katie Amanda Keane (Hysteria). A gothic tale of terror with a modern twist, the film sees Judith Albright (Hershey) moving to Golden Sun Manor, an assisted living facility with a sterling reputation, after a mild stroke diminishes her ability to care for herself. But despite the best efforts of the staff, and a budding friendship with fellow senior Roland (Davidson), strange occurrences and nightmarish visions convince Judith that a sinister presence is haunting the massive estate. As residents begin to die mysteriously, Judith’s frantic warnings are dismissed as fantasy. Even her devoted grandson Josh (Alexander) thinks her fears are the result of dementia, not demons. With no one willing to believe her, Judith must either escape the confines of the manor, or fall victim to the evil that dwells within it.
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)