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Jason Blum apologizes for 'dumb' comments dismissing female horror directors

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Oct 18, 2018

The Internet had a collective bone to pick with Jason Blum over the horror master's regrettable views on women filmmakers. And it seems he's listening.

After taking heat for an interview he gave to Polygon in which he claimed Blumhouse hasn't worked with female directors because "there are not a lot of female directors period, and even less who are inclined to do horror," Blum took to Twitter kicking himself and offering up a mea culpa for what he said was a "dumb" answer.

The producer, whose company Blumhouse is famed for churning out low-budget horror franchises like Paranormal Activity and The Purge and making stars behind the camera out of Jordan Peele and James Wan, wrote that he made a "stupid mistake" dismissing female helmers, noting their impact on the genre as well as in building his own Hollywood empire.


Aside from pointing out that 50 percent of Blumhouse's audience is women, Blum wrote that "some of our most successful franchises are anchored by women" — most notably his revival of John Carpenter's Halloween, opening tomorrow, which stars original Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis.

And of course, as SYFY FANGRRLS was quick to point out, there's a ton of talented female auteurs out there who've been killing it in the horror genre: filmmakers like A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night's Ana Lily Amirpour; The Wind's Emma Tammi, who actually executive-produces Blumhouse's upcoming flick Bloodline; American Psycho visionary Mary Harron; Revenge's Coralie Fargeat; Prevenge's Alice Lowe; original Pet Sematary director Mary Lambert; and the list goes on and on.

So now that he's talked the talk, let's see if Jason can walk the walk and start hiring some of these amazingly talented women to direct a major Blumhouse release.

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