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“HOST” director and his team set multipicture deal with Blumhouse

Thursday, September 10, 2020 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The creators of the Shudder sleeper are set to make a trio of features for the fright factory.

Blumhouse today announced the deal with British director Rob Savage, who shot the screenlife horror movie HOST for Shudder during the pandemic lockdown, directing his cast remotely. The film became a popular hit and critical favorite, and Savage will reunite on the Blumhouse trio with producer Douglas Cox, writers Jed Shepherd and Gemma Hurley and editor Breanna Rangott.

“We’ve been tracking Rob’s work for some time now,” says Blumhouse founder Jason Blum, “and when I got a look at HOST, I saw the inventiveness in his work that Ryan Turek on the Blumhouse team had been championing. We are looking forward to getting this partnership underway immediately.”

“I’m thrilled to be partnering with Blumhouse on these movies,” Savage says. “Their status in the horror genre is unmatched, but I equally admire their filmmaker-led approach. They embody the independent filmmaking spirit with which we made HOST and I can’t wait to create some new nightmares with them.” Savage previously wrote and directed the award-winning microbudget feature STRINGS when he was just 17, and has won further awards for his short films, including 2017’s DAWN OF THE DEAF. He is also currently developing new genre features for Sam Raimi and Studio Canal.​

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.