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WIRE Buzz: Amazon and Blumhouse team for 8 horror films; Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. finale ratings

By Jacob Oller
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The Blumhouse world domination plan continues as the horror-based studio looks to expand its slate with eight genre films going to Amazon Prime. This house is expanding, Monopoly style, in a “Welcome to the Blumhouse” campaign including the following four films: The Lie, Black Box, Evil Eye, and Nocturne. Four more will follow in 2021.

Based around the shared themes of “family and love as redemptive or destructive forces,” according to a release, those first four films all look to launch this October. The Lie comes from writer/director Veena Sud (The Stranger), while Black Box comes from writer/director Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr. (Born With It). Both will launch on Oct. 6. Directors Elan Dassani and Rajeev Dassani’s Evil Eye and director Zu Quirke’s debut feature, Nocturne, will follow on Oct. 13.

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The Lie—starring Mireille Enos, Peter Sarsgaard, and Joey King — is about parents covering up a murder perpetrated by their daughter, while Black Box — starring Mamoudou Athie, Phylicia Rashad, Amanda Christine, Tosin Morohunfola, Charmaine Bingwa, and Troy James—tracks a grieving amnesiac widower through his experimental treatment.

The other double feature set includes Evil Eye — based on an Audible Original and starring Sarita Choudhury, Sunita Mani, Omar Maskati, and Bernard White — about a romance-turned-nightmare, and Nocturne — starring Sydney Sweeney, Madison Iseman, Jacques Colimon, and Ivan Shaw — about a dead student’s old notebook.

The frights kick off Oct. 6.

Next, Marvel’s longest-running live-action show went out with a bang — and some high ratings. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ended its seven-season run on ABC Wednesday night, and it boasted one of the best stats of its season.

Variety reports that the two-hour, two-part series finale “The End Is at Hand" and "What We're Fighting For" earned season-high ratings: a 0.4 demo rating among the key 18-49 age range. The raw viewership of around 1.5 million was a drop from the season’s premiere, but around in line with the rest of the season — people were just watching less TV in general during the night.

Fans were certainly happy with the way the series came to a close, regardless of what the numbers look like, as they flooded social media with reactions over the course of the night.

Finally, a Hulu horror has dropped its hairy first trailer. Bad Hair, a Sundance pick from writer/director Justin Simien, is all about a living (maybe evil) weave. The ‘80s were crazy, ok?

Now it’s dropped its first trailer. Check it out:

Starring Elle Lorraine, Vanessa Williams, Lena Waithe, Laverne Cox, Jay Pharoah, Kelly Rowland, Blair Underwood, James Van Der Beek, and Usher Raymond, Bad Hair taps into a painful — and spooky — part of life that has a very, very bad omen associated with it this time around.

Blood and superstition and lots and lots of hair hit Hulu on Oct. 23.