There's nothing like a little "found footage" to get the nerve ends tingling, and it turns out Lionsgate has pulled off an incredible coup. What has been known up until now as The Woods, set to hit the theaters on September 16, has now been officially titled Blair Witch.
The trailer is included above, but a warning to sensitive viewers, it is pretty darn scary.
It turns out Bloody Disgusting knew this all along, but no one was listening. They exclusively reported back on April 11, 2015 that The Woods was actually a Blair Witch film and another sequel to the 1999 horror movie, The Blair Witch Project. Reportedly, they knew they were on to something when they were met with a deafening silence from the filmmakers, producers and studio. Now, they are officially saying they told you so.
"THE WOODS is actually a sequel to THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. Its new title is BLAIR WITCH." - @joblocom pic.twitter.com/L4Xn8LhN3WAccording to Brad Miska, reporter from Bloody Disgusting, he has seen the film and it is awesome. The film was publicly shown Friday at Comic-Con in San Diego at an event billed as a screening for The Woods.
— Blair Witch (@BlairWitchMovie) July 23, 2016
In his review, Miska has dubbed Blair Witch "one of the scariest movies ever made."
Reportedly, Blair Witch is the type of game-changing horror movie fans have been waiting for, and is likely to usher in a whole new breed of films creating an emotional experience for viewers. This might not be a good thing, as according to Miska, Blair Witch "may just be the first film since The Exorcist that will leave younger audiences scarred for life."
Looking back briefly at The Blair Witch Project, that film told the story of three film students who travel to Maryland to make a student film about a local urban legend – The Blair Witch. They went off on a two-day hike into the woods to find the Blair Witch and never returned. A year later, someone uncovered their film and video footage in the woods, and the found footage was allegedly compiled to make the movie, The Blair Witch Project.
This happened during our screening in the lobby. pic.twitter.com/XJO45I2bALFast forward to now and more footage has been found. James, the brother of one of the missing students, decides it's a good idea to head off into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mystery of his sister's disappearance.
— Simon Barrett (@Simon_Barrett) July 23, 2016
The official synopsis of the movie is as follows:
"A group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of James' sister who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of locals offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods, but as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence. Slowly, they begin to realize the legend is all too real and more sinister than they could have imagined."
According to Entertainment Weekly, the movie was shot secretly in Vancouver last year. Back in May, Lionsgate released a trailer for The Woods, which featured footage from the sequel accompanied by a creepy cover of "Every Breath You Take" by the Police. That trailer is included below.
Now dubbed officially Blair Witch, the film was directed by Adam Wingard (The Guest and You're Next) and written by Wingard's collaborator Simon Barrett.
Watch a trailer for new 'Blair Witch' sequel film https://t.co/MItFvAg6K0 pic.twitter.com/Mp0vnxW7gOThe various producers have more than enough experience in the horror field and are Roy Lee (The Ring, The Grudge, The Strangers, It), Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity, Insidious), Keith Calder and Jessica Wu (You're Next, The Guest).
— NME (@NME) July 23, 2016
Starring in Blair Witch are James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott, Valorie Curry, Corbin Reid, and Wes Robinson.
So, readers, do you believe in the stories about the Blair Witch? Having watched the terrifying trailer above, will you be watching the film when it hits the theater screens on September 16 this year?
[Image via Lionsgate]