Lionsgate revealed new footage for their upcoming movie “The Woods” at San Diego Comic-Con. But it’s not really The Woods – it’s actually BLAIR WITCH, and it’s a sequel to the 1999 found footage film The Blair Witch Project that changed horror (for better or worse) forever.
Here’s the story:
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.
Similar trickery was used in the marketing of the original film in ’99, which included a website full of news clippings and photos supporting the idea that the footage in the film was real. If it was on the internet, it must be true. So many of us filed into the theater seats not really sure what we were going to see. These days, of course, we don’t believe anything we see online, whether it’s true or not, so masquerading the sequel around as an entirely different film is about as sophisticated as it gets.
The trailer looks good, though, and early reviews are calling it very scary. Whether you like the found footage genre or not, Blair Witch started it all, so I’m expecting this sequel to do it better than the rest.
Blair Witch hits theaters September 16.