The year was 1999. Buffy the Vampire Slayer let us enjoy high school hell, *NSYNC and Britney Spears ruled the radio, and the country looked forward to the sane and sensible presidency of Al Gore. Then we started hearing about three college students that went missing in rural Maryland, and how their film footage was found in the woods and edited together into something called The Blair Witch Project and how it was going to allegedly scare our pants off. Well get ready to party like its 1999 because the upcoming Lionsgate film The Woods was revealed last night at San Diego Comic Con to be Blair Witch, the second sequel to the Project.
Blair Witch returns to the found footage roots of the original film directed by Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick, although this new film is from You’re Next and The Guest filmmaker Adam Wingard. The plot follows four young people that walk into the Black Hills forest outside Burkittsville, MA to legend trip the Blair Witch, but one them, James, has a very personal reason to undertake the journey, trying to find out what happened to his big sister Heather (played by Heather Donahue in the original Blair Witch Project).
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The original Blair Witch made almost $400 million worldwide and almost singlehandedly launched the found footage subgenre; the first sequel, 2000’s Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 directed by documentarian Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost) was a commercial and critical bomb. Early reviews from SDCC on this new Blair Witch though are cautiously optimistic.
The Woods Blair Witch will be in theaters everywhere September 16.