Given the nature of our website, this should be a no brainer, but here we go. If you’re excited for the new Adam Wingard/Simon Barrett helmed BLAIR WITCH film raise your hand. Okay. Everyone’s hand’s up, right? Awesome.
Come September 16th, we’ll all trek back into the theatres and into the small, sleepy town of Burkettsville, MD to revisit the story behind the revolutionary found footage masterpiece, 1999’s THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT.
Say what you will about the original (and ignore the “sequel,” BOOK OF SHADOWS) but THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT has gone down in history as being one of the most successful indie horror films ever made. Originally filmed on a shoestring budget of around 40,000 dollars, the found footage screamfest went on to make over $250 million worldwide. While, sure, some of the moments may be cheesy and outdated compared to today’s standards, it’s impossible to not look at the original BLAIR WITCH and see a resounding success story from both a production and performance standpoint.
The actors (Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, and Michael C. Williams) were dropped off in the middle of nowhere with nothing more than a 35-page outline for a script. Each day, they’d venture out into the forest (often alone) with a GPS tracker in order to find their instructions for the day’s shoot. They were not allowed to share the instructions with their fellow actors and had to remain in character at all times. If they wanted to speak out of character, they had to use a code word: Taco.
Despite the hurdles the three principles had to go through, the end product was one for the books. It immediately garnered the attention of critics and the public alike and was a resounding success.
When news broke of Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett picking up the pieces where the first film left off, it was easy to get excited. The two of them are like the Batman and Robin of modern horror; they produce quality work and surely they’ll treat BLAIR WITCH with as much care and affection as they’ve done with their own projects.
This week, two new teaser trailers dropped for the newest piece of the BLAIR WITCH puzzle and they are something worth getting lost in the woods about. Be sure to check them out below and grab your tickets to see BLAIR WITCH in its entirety on September 16th.
Until then, maybe go back in time and relive the original? It’s definitely worth another watch or two. Or perhaps take a crack at solving the mystery yourself? Just remember, whatever you do when you’re in the woods – don’t lose the map.
BLAIR WITCH Teasers