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Hoping to capitalize on the low-budget/high-gross success Jason Blum has had with such genre fare as Paranormal Activity and Insidious, Universal Pictures has signed the prolific producer to a three-year first-look deal. This amounts to an aggressive move into the low-budget arena for Universal, which is known for spending generously on its slates.

Universal Signs Three-Year First-Look Deal with Producer Jason BlumPer Deadline Blum and his Blumhouse Productions have scored big in the horror realm with the original Paranormal Activity, which cost about $15,000 and grossed $193 million; its first sequel cost $3 million and grossed $177 million worldwide. Insidious cost $1.5 million and grossed $81 million worldwide and is still rolling out.

Upcoming he has the latest installment of the fright franchise Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes for Dimension Films, the Barry Levinson-directed eco-horror film The Bay, “The River” TV series for ABC, the Oren Peli-directed Area 51 for Paramount Pictures, as well as The Lords of Salem with Rob Zombie directing.

We are certain that Jason will be a significant asset to the Universal family,” said Universal Chairman Adam Fogelson and Co-Chairman Donna Langley in a joint statement. “He brings an ability to attract top talent and a keen eye for producing high-quality, modestly budgeted films that are both cutting-edge and commercial. We know that this deal with Blumhouse will equal much shared success.

Said Blum: “I’m thrilled by the opportunity to collaborate with Adam, Donna, and the entire Universal team. I could not ask for a better home for Blumhouse Productions, and I look forward to the slate of films we will create together over the coming years.

Good news indeed for horror fans. Look for announcements on upcoming Blumhouse/Universal projects soon!

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SOMA Sailing to Xbox One on December 1

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SOMA (review) will be heading to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of a new safe mode, and we have all the details you need right here!

SOMA Coming to Xbox One with New “Safe Mode”
There’s no need to be concerned. You are always safe…

Isolated, submerged in the ocean’s darkness, chaos has overtaken the halls of PATHOS-II, and the boundaries of humanity strained beyond repair. From Frictional Games, creators of the critically acclaimed Amnesia series, SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of Safe Mode.

Safe Mode introduces an optional new way to play SOMA in the Xbox One and PC releases. Protected from the hostile creatures below, let yourself sink into the mystery and atmosphere of PATHOS-II as you uncover the truth and determine the fate of the station.

SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st and is available to pre-order now. Safe Mode will launch simultaneously as a free update for PC and will be available for PS4 at a later date.

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Thelma Is Fantastic and Now You Can Watch the Opening Scene

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One of this year’s most beautiful and subdued horror films is Joachim Trier’s Thelma (review), which opens in Los Angeles tonight. To give you a bit of what the film is like, The Orchard have released the opening scene, which shows a man and his daughter hunting in the bleak Norwegian winter. When they come across a young deer, the true intentions of this trip become apparent…

Having seen Thelma, I can tell you that it’s truly something special. It’s a slow burn, to be certain, but it plays out gorgeously, resulting in a film that has yet to leave my mind.

Related Story: Exclusive Interview with Thelma’s Joachim Trier

Locations and tickets for Thelma can be found here.

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Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja – feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.

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Award-Winning The Child Remains Playing Tomorrow at the Blood in the Snow Festival

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The award-winning supernatural thriller The Child Remains, which has been on the festival circuit, is returning to Canada to play tomorrow night at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival in Toronto. Tickets for the screening, which is at 9:30pm, can be found at the festival’s website.

The film has won awards in festivals across Canada as well as Best Foreign Feature at the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival in London, UK.

Described as The Shining meets Rosemary’s Baby meets The Orphanage, the film stars Suzanne Clément, Allan Hawco, Shelley Thompson, and Geza Kovacs. Directed and written by Michael Melski, who co-produced the film alongside Craig Cameron and David Miller, The Child Remains is aiming for a Canadian theatrical release in Spring 2018 and a US theatrical release in October 2018.

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An expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror when they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where unwanted infants and young mothers were murdered. Inspired by the true story of the infamous ‘Butterbox Babies’ and their macabre chapter in Canadian history, The Child Remains is a twisting supernatural thriller that emphasizes story and suspense over shock and gore.

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