Welcome to the Blumhouse: Anthology series coming to Prime

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Just in time for Halloween, the Welcome to the Blumhouse anthology will showcase four films from up-and-coming genre talent.

Considering they nurtured Jordan Peele’s horror career, who subsequently went on to a successful gig hosting and executive-producing the new incarnation of The Twilight Zone, it seems fitting that Blumhouse is now throwing its hat into the anthology ring.

Welcome to the Blumhouse will premiere on Amazon Prime Video this October, and will hopefully provide some much-needed escapist thrills for Halloween. (Actually, I’d be all for an episode that speculates on what this Halloween will look like…but I digress.)

This series of eight feature films will enlist a crop of up-and-coming talent to deliver macabre fare that will hopefully please horror fans. Per the press release, the first four films will premiere in October, with the others making their bow in 2021.

Of the four titles announced, The Lie, set to premiere October 6, sounds right up my psychological-horror alley:

"“When their teenaged daughter (Joey King) confesses to impulsively killing her best friend, two desperate parents (Mireille Enos and Peter Sarsgaard) attempt to cover up the horrific crime, leading them into a complicated web of lies and deception.“"

Making this more enticing is the fact that the principal cast has existing roots in the horror genre: Enos co-starred with Brad Pitt in World War Z; Sarsgaard starred in Orphan and The Skeleton Key; and King was one of the infected apartment-dwellers in Quarantine.

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These actors have appeared in prestigious films across all genres, which leads me to believe they’ll be able to handle the fantastical and reality-based elements of this plot with grace and credibility. The episode is written and directed by Veena Sud, veteran of such series as The Killing and Seven Seconds.

The other first-wave entries in the series include Black Box, directed by Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr., Evil Eye (directed by the duo of Elan Dassani and Rajeev Dassani), and Nocturne, written and directed by Zu Quirke (in her feature debut).

Time will tell as to whether this anthology connects with horror viewers. Even TV-based anthologies sometimes have difficulty maintaining a consistent quality standard across a season’s-worth of episodes. Still, I can’t fault Blumhouse’s willingness to experiment with new talent in this manner, as unseasoned filmmakers are often more willing to take risks and push boundaries. Here’s hoping.

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