“Do you like scary movies?” Jason Blum and Blumhouse are hoping that the answer to this question is still a resounding–and terrified–yes. A CinemaBlend interview with the powerhouse producer reveals that he and the Blumhouse team are considering bringing back the “Scream” and “Hellraiser” franchises from the dead.
“Yes, we definitely have [discussed it],” he said. “We’re looking – there’s nothing happening with either one of those things–but we’re definitely looking at it, and it’s definitely something I’d be open to.”
Though there’s clearly nothing definitive here, this is good news if you didn’t get rid of your Ghostface mask in your Marie Kondo purge (it does, in fact, spark joy). This comes in the wake of the successful reboot of the “Halloween” franchise with last year’s hit. On its way to a worldwide total of $254 million, the Jamie Lee Curtis-starring revival broke a number of box office records, including becoming the biggest debut for a female-led horror movie and the biggest opener for Blumhouse, both of which we imagine they’d like to set again themselves with another film.
The “Scream” series hasn’t been dead for that long, with “Scream 4” arriving in this decade but only making $38 million, while the first three films all made about $100 million in the U.S. The much-missed Wes Craven directed all four films, which gleefully played with horror tropes while still being genuinely scary at times, as they followed Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell) as various masked killers hunted her.
Meanwhile, “Hellraiser” may be unfamiliar to younger horror fans who haven’t dug through the archives. Though it’s produced ten films since its inception in the 1980s, only the first four films in the franchise got proper theatrical releases. Director Clive Barker based the first film on his own novella, and his villain Pinhead has been haunting the nightmares of people who saw the movie–or just the VHS cover–ever since.