All Blumhouse Horror Movies Ranked
For some movies, the hype building up to their release isn’t based on its stars or director or plot, but by the boutique company putting it out to the public. Think A24. Think Laika. Think Blumhouse, the production org that’s become synonymous in horror with low budgets, big returns, and bigger thrills.
Over the past two decades, magnate of monstrosity Jason Blum — who has also produced plenty of “normal” movies — has banked his legacy on reinventing how horror scripts are discovered and made, keeping the genre from going stale, like it infamously did in the ’90s. After all, blood dries quickly; gotta keep it fresh. Look to franchises like The Purge, Paranormal Activity, and Insidious: when you watch one Blumhouse horror movie, you’re probably gonna seek out what else they’re up to.
And now Blum’s back this week with Us. It’s not strictly Blumhouse (credit that to Monkeypaw Productions), but it is built off the groundbreaking, Best Picture-nominated Get Out, and represents a stunning continuation of writer/director Jordan Peele’s mission to infuse horror with brash brains. And that’s Mr. Blum in the producer credits.
So with that, we’ve sorted every past Blumhouse horror movie by Adjusted Tomatometer. Why Adjusted? And what is Adjusted? It’s a special formula for each movie that takes into account the number of total reviews it has, an important distinction since several (and highly-rated) Blumhouse movies go direct-to-streaming, where movies generally receive fewer reviews than their theatrical counterparts. Without further adieu, or further caveating, here is every Blumhouse horror movie ranked.
Adjusted Score: 3.362%
Critics Consensus: The Darkness clumsily relies on an assortment of genre tropes, leaving only the decidedly non-frightening ghost of superior horror films in its wake.
As a family returns home from vacation at the Grand Canyon, they innocently bring home a supernatural force that preys... [More]
Adjusted Score: 4.104%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Three curious teenagers head to the mythic "Area 51" section of Nellis Air Force Base in the Nevada desert.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 8.737%
Critics Consensus: Slowly, steadily, although no one seems to be moving it in that direction, the Ouija planchette points to NO.
In Ouija, a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an... [More]
Adjusted Score: 9.404%
Critics Consensus: Martyrs flays off everything that gave the original its icy horrific beauty, leaving us an empty, pointless remake.
Ten-year-old Lucie flees from the isolated warehouse where she has been held prisoner. Deeply traumatized, she is plagued by awful... [More]
Adjusted Score: 12.729%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Leaving her hectic city lifestyle behind, young mother-to-be Eveleigh, joins her husband David, at their beautiful new vineyard home only... [More]
Adjusted Score: 18.727%
Critics Consensus: Sinister 2 has a few ingredients that will be familiar to fans of the original; unfortunately, in this slapdash second installment, none of them are scary anymore.
The sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit horror movie. In the aftermath of the shocking events in "Sinister," a protective... [More]
Adjusted Score: 16.182%
Critics Consensus: Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension ties up some of the franchise's lingering questions, but six films into the series, the thrills are mostly gone.
The Paranormal Activity series grows with this fifth entry from Paramount Pictures. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi... [More]
Adjusted Score: 18.774%
Critics Consensus: Narratively contrived and visually a mess, The Gallows sends viewers on a shaky tumble to the bottom of the found-footage horror barrel.
Twenty years after a deadly freak accident at a high school play, a misguided attempt to re-stage the play and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 18.447%
Critics Consensus: Incarnate can't be accused of lack of ideas -- if only any of them made sense or coalesced in any meaningful or scary way.
After a single mother (Carice van Houten) witnesses terrifying symptoms of demonic possession in her 11-year-old son (David Mazouz), a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 20.313%
Critics Consensus: The Lazarus Effect has a talented cast and the glimmer of an interesting idea, but wastes it all on insipid characters and dull, recycled plot points.
From masters of horror Blumhouse Productions- producer of THE PURGE, INSIDIOUS and SINISTER franchises- THE LAZARUS EFFECT follows a group... [More]
Adjusted Score: 22.163%
Critics Consensus: Truth or Dare's slick presentation isn't enough to make this mediocre horror outing much more frightening than an average round of the real-life game.
A harmless game of "Truth or Dare" among friends turns deadly when someone--or something--begins to punish those who tell a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 27.56%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING, is a revival of the popular franchise and a modern twist on the classic horror film. In... [More]
Adjusted Score: 27.477%
Critics Consensus: While it does manage to wring a few more screams out of the franchise's surprisingly durable premise, Paranormal Activity 4 provides fans of the series with dismayingly diminishing returns.
The fourth installment in the popular horror franchise.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 28.546%
Critics Consensus: Jessabelle hints at a bright future for star Sarah Snook, but clouds her performance with a cliched -- and tasteless -- storyline.
From the mastermind producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious comes the ghostly tale of Jessabelle. Returning to her childhood home... [More]
Adjusted Score: 29.787%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Teenaged sisters Emma (Sofia Black-D'Elia) and Stacey (Analeigh Tipton) live a normal life, until their small suburban neighborhood is stricken... [More]
Adjusted Score: 36.901%
Critics Consensus: Insidious: The Last Key offers franchise star Lin Shaye another welcome opportunity to take the lead, but her efforts aren't enough to rescue this uninspired sequel.
Adam Robitel helms the fourth entry of the Insidious series, with Chapter 3 director Leigh Whannell providing the script, centering... [More]
Adjusted Score: 39.936%
Critics Consensus: The Green Inferno may not win writer-director Eli Roth many new converts, but fans of his flair for gory spectacle should find it a suitably gruesome diversion.
From acclaimed horror director, Eli Roth, THE GREEN INFERNO follows a group of student activists who travel from New York... [More]
Adjusted Score: 41.523%
Critics Consensus: A change of setting breathes some new life into the franchise, but Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones fails to provide enough consistent thrills to justify a fifth film in the series.
A young California Latino named Jesse (Andrew Jacobs) is designated for possession by the same malevolent demon who previously claimed... [More]
Adjusted Score: 44.228%
Critics Consensus: Insidious: Chapter 2 is decidedly short on the tension and surprises that made its predecessor so chilling.
The famed horror team of director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell reunite with the original cast of Patrick Wilson,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 43.879%
Critics Consensus: Dark Skies writer director Scott Stewart has a solid cast, an interesting premise, and some admirable ambitions, but he can't figure out what to do with any of them, and the result is a dull, muddled effort that will bore all but the most devoted horror buffs.
From the producer of Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and Sinister comes Dark Skies: a supernatural thriller that follows a young family... [More]
Adjusted Score: 45.367%
Critics Consensus: Half social allegory, half home-invasion thriller, The Purge attempts to make an intelligent point, but ultimately devolves into numbing violence and tired clichés.
If on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do? In The... [More]
Adjusted Score: 47.741%
Critics Consensus: The Lords of Salem has lots of atmospheric portent, but it's unfortunately short on scares.
From the singular mind of horror maestro Rob Zombie comes a chilling plunge into a nightmare world where evil runs... [More]
Adjusted Score: 55.731%
Critics Consensus: The Belko Experiment offers a few moments of lurid fun for genre enthusiasts, but lacks enough subversive smarts to consistently engage once the carnage kicks in.
In a twisted social experiment, a group of 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogota, Colombia... [More]
Adjusted Score: 61.681%
Critics Consensus: It isn't particularly subtle, but The Purge: Election Year's blend of potent jolts and timely themes still add up to a nastily effective diversion.
Writer/director James DeMonaco returns for the third installment of the franchise starring Frank Grillo.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 61.728%
Critics Consensus: The First Purge should satisfy fans of the franchise and filmgoers in the mood for violent vicarious thrills, even if its subtextual reach exceeds its grasp.
Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country's 12 hours of annual lawlessness.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 60.885%
Critics Consensus: Gritty, grisly, and uncommonly ambitious, The Purge: Anarchy represents a slight improvement over its predecessor, but it's still never as smart or resonant as it tries to be.
The New Founders of America invite you to celebrate your annual right to Purge. The Purge: Anarchy, the sequel to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 62.544%
Critics Consensus: Paranormal Activity 2 doesn't cover any new ground, but its premise is still scary -- and in some respects, it's a better film than the original.
The terror continues as a young couple copes with a potentially evil spirit in their suburban home.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 65.847%
Critics Consensus: 13 Sins may be derivative of other horror films that made their moral points with more finesse, but it atones with a grim sense of humor and sleek style.
A cryptic phone call sets off a dangerous game of risks for Elliot, a down-on-his luck salesman. The game promises... [More]
Adjusted Score: 63.192%
Critics Consensus: Insidious: Chapter 3 isn't as terrifying as the original, although it boasts surprising thematic depth and is enlivened by another fine performance from Lin Shaye.
The new chapter in the terrifying horror series is written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell. This chilling prequel,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 65.372%
Critics Consensus: Unfriended: Dark Web is more interested in chills than an exploration of its timely themes, but horror fans should still find this sequel to be steadily, undeniably effective.
When a 20-something finds a cache of hidden files on his new laptop, he and his friends are unwittingly thrust... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69.146%
Critics Consensus: Its plot hinges on typically implausible horror-movie behavior and recycles countless genre cliches, but Sinister delivers a surprising number of fresh, diabolical twists.
Sinister is a frightening new thriller from the producer of the Paranormal Activity films and the writer-director of The Exorcism... [More]
Adjusted Score: 68.537%
Critics Consensus: Unfriended subverts found-footage horror clichés to deliver a surprisingly scary entry in the teen slasher genre with a technological twist.
Unfriended unfolds over a teenager's computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks... [More]
Adjusted Score: 68.203%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
65 years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, the so-called 'moonlight murders' begin again. Is... [More]
Adjusted Score: 71.066%
Critics Consensus: Aside from a shaky final act, Insidious is a very scary and very fun haunted house thrill ride.
Saw franchise veterans James Wan and Leigh Whannell team with Paranormal Activity writer/director Oren Peli to give the familiar haunted... [More]
Adjusted Score: 70.298%
Critics Consensus: While the jolts and thrills are undeniably subject to the diminishing returns that plague most horror sequels, Paranormal Activity 3 is a surprisingly spine-tingling treat.
The Paranormal Activity franchise continues with this third outing from Paramount Pictures. Oren Peli and Jason Blum return to produce... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75.38%
Critics Consensus: The Visit provides horror fans with a satisfying blend of thrills and laughs -- and also signals a welcome return to form for writer-director M. Night Shyamalan.
The terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents' remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78.256%
Critics Consensus: Barry Levinson's eco-horror flick cleverly utilizes familiar found-footage methods in service of a gruesome yet atmospheric chiller.
Two million fish washed ashore. One thousand blackbirds dropped from the sky. On July 4, 2009 a deadly menace swept... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76.798%
Critics Consensus: Happy Death Day puts a darkly humorous sci-fi spin on slasher conventions, with added edge courtesy of a starmaking performance from Jessica Rothe.
Blumhouse (Split, Get Out, Whiplash) produces an original and inventive rewinding thriller in Happy Death Day, in which a college... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78.628%
Critics Consensus: A funnier follow-up with a sci-fi bent, Happy Death Day 2U isn't as fiendishly fresh as its predecessor, but fans of the original may still find this a sequel worth celebrating.
Jessica Rothe leads the returning cast of HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U, the follow-up to Blumhouse's (Split, Get Out, The Purge... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80.487%
Critics Consensus: With an emphasis on dread over gore and an ending that leaves the door wide open for sequels, Oculus could be just the first spine-tingling chapter in a new franchise for discerning horror fans.
Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.064%
Critics Consensus: Ouija: Origin of Evil swerves its franchise's planchette unexpectedly to YES with a surprisingly scary and dramatically satisfying follow-up to its lackluster predecessor.
In this horror sequel, a game of Ouija leads to supernatural activity. Annalise Basso, Henry Thomas, Doug Jones, and Elizabeth... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.056%
Critics Consensus: Creep 2 has everything that made the original work and more -- more laughs, more awkwardness, more unsettling terror.
Desiree Akhavan ("Girls", APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR) stars as Sara, a video artist whose primary focus is creating intimacy with lonely men.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.596%
Critics Consensus: Split serves as a dramatic tour de force for James McAvoy in multiple roles -- and finds writer-director M. Night Shyamalan returning resoundingly to thrilling form.
While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.371%
Critics Consensus: Using its low-budget effects and mockumentary method to great result, Paranormal Activity turns a simple haunted house story into 90 minutes of relentless suspense.
A haunted house makes no secret of the fact it's not pleased with its new tenants in this independent tale... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.489%
Critics Consensus: Hush navigates the bloody waters of home invasion thrillers and incisive slashers for a contemporary horror puree.
In this heart-pounding thriller from acclaimed writer and director Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Before I Wake), silence takes on a terrifying... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.131%
Critics Consensus: A smart, odball take on found-footage horror, Creep is clever and well-acted enough to keep viewers on the edges of their seats.
Looking for work, Aaron (Patrick Brice) comes across a cryptic online ad: "$1,000 for the day. Filming service. Discretion is... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94.918%
Critics Consensus: Halloween largely wipes the slate clean after decades of disappointing sequels, ignoring increasingly elaborate mythology in favor of basic - yet still effective - ingredients.
Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96.477%
Critics Consensus: Smart and suspenseful, CAM is a techno-thriller that's far more than the sum of its salacious parts -- and an outstanding showcase for Madeline Brewer in the leading role.
CAM is a technology driven psychological thriller set in the world of webcam porn. It follows Alice, an ambitious camgirl,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 113.904%
Critics Consensus: Funny, scary, and thought-provoking, Get Out seamlessly weaves its trenchant social critiques into a brilliantly effective and entertaining horror/comedy thrill ride.
Now that Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend... [More]