Eerie, mysterious, deranged, and often horrifying concepts are all strung together in Blumhouse Television’s collection of contemporary films. Nocturne, Black Box, Evil Eye, and The Lie are independent films featuring many renowned and upcoming actors/actresses. The Welcome to the Blumhouse collection features various personal films, each dealing with different haunting topics.
Quirke’s Nocturne deals with the inner workings of an art school – with a devilish theme and homage to German necromancer Faust. Often noted as one of the best Blumhouse films in history, this contemporary work is based on the struggles of a music student at a boarding school.
With memorable names like Sydney Sweeney and Madison Iseman – this work looks at twin sisters, Juliet and Violet, dealing with an evil issue. The haunted sheet music that this film is based around is what inspires Juliet’s Faustian needs. This film is truly a work of art, making horror into a more introspective genre, and is a must-watch within the Blumhouse collection.
Often interpreted as conventional or “cheesy” in a way, Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour’s science fiction film, Black Box, is known for its twists and suspenseful plot. The uneasy feeling that the audience gets from this film mirrors how the characters act and portray themselves.
Here we see Nolan (Mamoudou Athie) go through a life-altering event that changes his relationship, thus impacting the basis of his entire existence. If you are interested in dark, mysterious, and philosophical films – Black Box is a new take on an age-old concept: existentialism.
There are many internationally recognized concepts that resonate with directors working with Blumhouse. In Elan and Rajeev Dasani’s Evil Eye, the notions of jealousy and ancient curses are looked at. Pallavi, played by Sunita Mani, is a young adult in New Orleans who is constantly being pestered by her mother to settle down and get married. Her mother Usha (Sarita Choudhury) lives in India and has a dark past that we slowly uncover throughout the film, in short bursts of flashbacks and mind sequences.
The film progresses with Pallavi suddenly meeting the young and interesting Sandeep (Omar Maskati), a seemingly perfect man with obviously twisted intentions. Although the film does not have a very detailed description of the evil eye, and the cultural themes that are associated with it, Evil Eye does a good job at showing the relations between all three characters, without much forced dialogue. This twisted and artistic film is one that can be dissected with strangers, friends, or even lovers.
The fourth film featured in the 2020 “Welcome to Blumhouse” collection is Veela Sud’s The Lie. This psychological thriller features a young Joey King, playing the protagonist Kayla. The film begins with Kayla murdering one of her closest friends. This debacle is what kicks off the urgent and traumatic events that follow, and pulls Kayla’s father Jay (Peter Sarsgaard) into the web of lies that their family has created – all to protect their daughter. As we see Kayla and Jay experiencing paranormal situations firsthand, the film grows more and more twisted.
Although The Lie is not claimed as one of the best films in this collection, it is definitely worth the watch, making the audience feel as if they are experiencing this murder mystery themselves. Join Jay and Kayla in uncovering the nasty truths behind teenage tunnel vision, growing to love and hate the characters in The Lie all at once.
Laiba Saqlain is a passionate cinephile and avid writer. She enjoys both watching and analyzing different forms of media, all while looking at the technical aspects behind the arts. Moving into her final years of schooling - Laiba is looking to spread her love of the film studies, critically watching different pieces, and educating others on new and interesting perspectives!