Surprise ‘Blair Witch’ Sequel Trailer Hits All the Right Scary Notes
Oh, you didn't know the Hollywood powers that be were making a sequel to The Blair Witch Project? Well, neither did we, so get in line!
A Friday night (July 22) screening at San Diego Comic Con revealed that the upcoming horror movie initially called The Woods is actually a stealth sequel to the 1999 cult found-footage film. Newly re-titled as simply Blair Witch, a surprise trailer was shown at the convention which reveals the new movie will return to the legendary Black Hills Forest — this time, with a new group of (likely) doomed college kids.
The sequel finds James Donahue, the brother of main character Heather from the critically-acclaimed original, venturing back into the supposedly cursed woods to find his sister nearly 15 years after she went missing while filming a documentary. While camping out, he and his friends are terrorized by evil forces lurking in the dark and are bombarded by wooden stick-figure totems. Creepy.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Blair Witch was always intended to be a sequel to The Blair Witch Project, despite it filming in Vancouver under the working title of The Woods.
Back in May, a trailer for the film — then sporting its original faux title — was released, teasing some of the chilling imagery now featured in the latest spine-tingling promo.
While a lackluster and critically loathed sequel was released way back in 2000 — the awful Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 — this one, produced by Lionsgate, already has critics hyped, like Bloody-Disgusting's Brad Miska, who is already calling the new film a "horror game-changer."
In theaters September 16, Blair Witch is directed by Adam Wingard (V/H/S) and features writing by Simon Barrett (You're Next).
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