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A series of eerie thrillers is called Welcome to the Blumhouse. Many talented artists tell Georgia Humphreys what’s in store.

Paranormal Activity, Get Out, The Invisible Man’s 2020 remake; only a handful of Blumhouse Productions’ unforgettable horror films.

Movies by Jason Blum are renowned for their low budget, but often become major box office hits.

Their new project promises to sneak all of us out on our sofas, so grab some cushions to hide behind them.

A joint collaboration with Amazon Studios, Welcome to the Blumhouse is a series of eight scary films from diverse and up-and-coming filmmakers, four of which – Black Box, The Lie, Evil Eye, and Nocturne – will debut this month on Prime Video, with the remainder of the series scheduled to be released in 2021.

With a specific view, they are all very distinct stories told, but with a common theme – the notion of family and love as redemptive and destructive powers.

It’s the first thematically related original series from Amazon – so which movie is your favourite? Here we find out what each film is all about, from the stars themselves.

BLACK OF BOX

In this thought-provoking horror film, Mamoudou Athie stars as Nolan, a single dad who, after losing his wife and memory in a car accident, is subjected to a torturous experimental treatment that makes him doubt who he really is.

“I had never played a character like this before, and especially when I met Emmanuel [Osei-Kuffour, director], I knew I wanted to work with him,” recalls the Mauritanian-American actor, 32.

“It would have been my second lead role, so I thought, ‘Oh, this is a whole different kind of challenge,’ especially in a genre I hadn’t been in before.”

Athie is determined to match Nolan in terms of the journey his character goes through, and do whatever it takes to find out who he is – even if it’s a big risk.

“Can you imagine waking up and not knowing any of the things you’re supposed to know so intimately? You’d lose your mind!”Can you imagine waking up and not knowing any of the things you should know so intimately? You’d lose your mind!

“You just have to get to the bottom of it.”

THE MENT

You’ve been warned: at the end of ‘The Lie,’ there’s a big twist.

The psychological thriller starring Joey King, Mireille Enos and Peter Sarsgaard is about two hopeless parents seeking to cover up their daughter’s horrific crime, which leads them into a complex web of lies and deceit.

When they dive into the minds of these characters, they ask themselves, “If I were these parents, how would I react?”

“The idea of turning my daughter over to the authorities, I mean, I can’t imagine a world where I would do that willingly,” muses Enos, a native of Kansas City, 45.

“But I also can’t imagine her ever putting herself in a situation like that, so it’s just so hard.”

“I know families where the child was an addict, for example, and them being arrested and put in jail was maybe something that gave everyone a sense of relief and hope because that seemed like the best place for them to be,” notes Sarsgaard, 49, a native of Illinois. “There are a million different permutations of these issues.”

It seems a bit like we are all living in our own kind of horror movie as the world lives through the coronavirus pandemic.

Do the cast think that people right now are more familiar with the genre?

There is this craving for scary right now, particularly as horror fans,” says 21-year-old King, who hails from LA. “We’re coming into a ‘spooky season,’ and we’re living in the world’s spookiest period, too.

“I think people either want to see comedy or horror. I don’t feel like there’s much in between right now, like everyone either wants to be super happy or dive deeper into what they’re already feeling.”

EVIL EYES ONLY

Evil Eye stars Sarita Choudhury, Sunita Mani and Omar Maskati, based on the award-winning playwright Madhuri Shekar’s production.

It shows how when a mother becomes convinced that her daughter’s new boyfriend has a dark connection to her own past, a seemingly ideal romance turns into a nightmare.

“The themes weren’t too clear, which I liked,” notes Choudhury, 54, who was born in Britain.

We knew what would happen in the story, but the relationship between the daughter and the mother.

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