Amazon Just Made A Massive Play For Horror Thrillers

The retail giant's entertainment division signed a deal with the Halloween and Insidious studio for eight new feature-length productions.

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Amazon Prime Video is adding to its stack of original programming in a very big way. Amazon announced that it has reached a deal with Blumhouse, the Hollywood production company behind movies like Get Out, Split, Insidious, and Halloween most recently, to make eight "feature-length productions" for Amazon Prime Video.

Little is know about what the content will be, but Amazon said it's committed to "attaching diverse and underrepresented filmmakers to direct and bring these titles to life."

In a statement, Blumhouse founder Jason Blum said this new deal with Amazon gives the production company the ability to "empower underrepresented filmmakers offering a fresh take on the dark genres loved by fans the world over."

You can expect the new pieces of content to contain "thrills and chills," Blum said. Amazon Studios boss Jennifer Salke said in her own statement that she's excited to see the "nightmares" that Blum and his team creates for Amazon.

Terms of the deal between Amazon and Blumhouse were not disclosed.

This deal is just the latest in a series of big announcements from Amazon about original programming. The company also recently finalised "first-look" deals with people like Jordan Peele, Reed Morano (The Handmaid's Tale), and Nicole Kidman's Blossom Films studio.

In addition to this new series of content, Amazon is working on a Lord of the Rings TV show that could focus on a young Aragorn. Amazon is reportedly spending $500 million to make the show.

Blumhouse is also behind the upcoming Five Nights at Freddy's movie that recently got delayed. The company may be best known for its horror projects, but it also produced the Oscar-winning music movie Whiplash starring J.K. Simmons.

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