With the release of M3GAN In January 2023, Blumhouse continues its strong tradition of making suspenseful, funny horror films that are fun to debate. The trailer has already got people wanting to check out the movie, especially since the killer robot puppet dances in an intriguing scene.
Looking back at Blumhouse’s horror film catalog, there are plenty of films that talk about technology, whether they’re telling a story solely through a computer screen or featuring a child character answering a ringing phone and conversing with the ghosts of the villain he’s trying to escape from.
Unfriended needs a third film as the 2015 and 2018 films both tell stories through the computer screens the main characters use. If we talk about the best Blumhouse horror movies that focus on technology, Unfriended‘s creativity cannot be overlooked.
Like other underrated teenage horror movies, Unfriended is about friends who are not at all easily lovable or kind-hearted. Blaire Lilly (Shelley Hennig) is having the time of her life after fulfilling her dream of being popular, but when the ghost of a girl everyone has been bullying haunts an online chat, Blaire regrets her cruel behavior. The film leaves people guessing and delves into questions about what makes a true friend.
Sometimes horror movies about technology can be silly, such as countdown via a killer app. Other times they talk about good questions that should be thought about more. The story of a fan following their favorite artist online is definitely a perfect horror movie premise, as it raises questions about privacy, boundaries, and why fans feel they have a right to know everything about the stars they love. The 2017 Blumhouse horror film As. Split. Consequences. is underrated and not talked about all that often, but it has a good catch: Shell’s (Ema Horvath) love for Garrett (Keiynan Lonsdale), who has a popular YouTube, is turning dangerous.
Shell is an underrated Blumhouse villain and As. Split. Consequences. does a great job of exploring the fine line between fan and scary. While Garrett initially thinks Shell’s attention is great and the two start dating, he realizes the truth and it’s a race to get out of her clutches.
A perfect sequel to Unfriended, this underrated Blumhouse horror sequel follows Matias (Colin Woodell) who uses a laptop he finds and is then targeted by a super-dangerous underground group. It’s smart of the sequel to also tell the story on a computer screen but to include a different setting and plot as it keeps things fresh.
Instead of a group of friends chatting online and being contacted by a ghost, Unfriends: Dark Web sees Matias text his girlfriend, tries to save his friends and tries to solve this strange puzzle before time runs out. Matias is a strong character and it’s impressive that the story can be told through a laptop screen and still tell so much about Matias’ life. The group that Matias discovers is truly terrifying and it’s hard to predict what will happen next, which makes this such an excellent sequel.
cam takes a look at camgirl life and follows Alice Ackerman (Madeline Brewer) as she gets upset that another woman is pretending to be her online. Part mystery and part investigation of online sex work, cam is an intelligent film about technology that is absolutely unique. It deserves to be discussed far more often than it is.
An underrated horror film of the 2010s, cam is the perfect blend of a fast paced thriller and the exploration of an intelligent character. Critics were impressed with Brewer in the role and the film is considered an intelligent take on an important subject.
The black phoneThe villain of , played by Ethan Hawke, is just one strong element of this 2022 Blumhouse release. While the grabber’s kidnapping is undoubtedly shocking and horrific, it is the fact that the ghosts of former victims Finney (Mason Thames) are on an old Call the phone in the villain’s basement that stands out the most.
The film wouldn’t be nearly as compelling without this element, as these spirits give Finney clues that help him piece together the puzzle he’s solving alongside his brilliant and strong-willed sister, Gwen (Madeline McGraw). The everyday cruelty of The black phone is that the child characters lead sad and lonely lives. While Finney is naturally terrified of receiving those calls, he knows that answering the phone every ring will bring him closer to the escape he desperately wants.
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