Remember when The Blair Witch Project came out and everyone lost their mind over how scary it was? Well, the people who scared you the first time have done it again, except no one actually knew it was happening until the trailer for The Woods dropped and everyone discovered it was actually for a new movie called, simply, Blair Witch. Yes, we are heading to Burkittsville again.
This weekend, at San Diego Comic-Con, the true identity of The Woods movie was revealed with a poster and a trailer. The poster was reminiscent of the original mock poster released for The Woods, which can be viewed here. According to Rolling Stone, Blair Witch director Adam Wingard decided to keep the Blair Witch project secret by hiding it behind the mock title, The Woods, much like what was done with 10 Cloverfield Lane to hide the fact Cloverfield had a sequel coming out.
So, is this the way things will be done now when it comes to movie sequels? It’s an interesting concept that is a great surprise for fans when done right. However, on the flip side, what if you were really looking forward to The Woods or The Celler (the working title for 10 Cloverfield Lane)? Imagine the letdown if you had been anticipating a certain horror genre and discovered it was actually a different type? After all, not everyone is a fan of the “found footage” genre that Blair Witch obviously presents with. A trailer was released under the guise of The Woods that is actually creepier than the new trailer for Blair Witch, but it doesn’t suggest it is the “found footage” genre at all. It does, however, have a version of “I’ll Be Watching You” (originally sung by The Police) that will make your skin crawl.
The film was shot in secret using a mock title and poster to hide the fact that they were actually filming a Blair Witch sequel. It’s not sure if the premise behind this was to keep it all a huge surprise or because they were scared people would think it was just another cash in like Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 obviously was. But the reveal was not a surprise to some. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, media site Bloody Disgusting had already worked it out. But for fans of the “found footage” genre of horror movies, it is a pleasant surprise revealed during Comic-Con. And now the long hard wait until September begins, when the movie is released.
According to The Playlist, here’s the synopsis for Blair Witch.
“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.”
Entertainment Weekly revealed that Blair Witch is directed by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett. The movie was shot in secret in Vancouver and stars Corbin Reid, Wes Robinson, and Valorie Curry.
The trailer looks good. It follows the same premise as the first with the jumpy footage and dark shots that shows little but scares intensely. However, is Blair Witch finite? After all, the reason the first was so scary was because it was something different to the other horror movies out at the time. There was the whole, “Is it real?” question that came along for the ride. Can Blair Witch do this all over again? Unfortunately, we will have to wait until September to find out. You can view the trailer below.
Are you going to check out Blair Witch? Do you think it will be as scary as the first one? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!
Blair Witch arrives in theaters on Friday, September 16, 2016.
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