The Blair Witch Project
Over 17 years after The Blair Witch Project opened and became not just an indie film sensation, but a pop culture touchstone, another group of hapless young people are taking another fateful trip into the woods of rural Maryland. Adam Wingard‘s Blair Witch premieres tonight, and the studio, Lionsgate, is likely hoping that the franchise that never happened back in ’99 will be a reality 20 years later. If Blair Witch is a hit, Wingard will get the credit, but the it was two then-struggling filmmakers named Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez that coined the term “Blair Witch” back in 1997 when they were looking for a small project they could do for cheap in order to get their names out there. And then they hit the jackpot.
Nerd Bastards got the chance to talk to Daniel Myrick last month in advance of Fan Expo Canada. Myrich and other members of the cast and crew of the first Blair Witch, were supposed to appear there, but the reunion was cancelled in advance of the show. Still, with Blair Witch about to be a hit again in theatres everywhere, so the time is ripe to revisit the 1999 original with Myrick, why he thinks his film still endures, and how a one hit wonder is still a hit. (more…)
Back in 1999, a movie called The Blair Witch Project was released to deafening hype normally reserved for the latest Hollywood blockbuster. Thanks to its success on the film festival circuit, and what’s likely the first viral internet campaign, people lined up that July to see the simple tale of three student filmmakers that went into the woods and never came out, made by two inexperienced filmmakers with two cameras and a couple of thousand bucks. One of the actors in the film was Michael C. Williams, who, when he signed up to play the sound engineer Mike, had no idea that he was walking into a global phenomenon. One that persists with the release of Adam Wingard‘s Blair Witch this Friday.
Nerd Bastards got the chance to talk to Williams last month in advance of Fan Expo Canada. Williams, and other members of the cast and crew of the first Blair Witch, were supposed to appear there, but the reunion was cancelled in advance of the show. Still, there is a Blair Witch movie hitting theaters at the end of the week, so in the spirit of nostalgia we reminisce like it’s 1999 by talking to Williams about that time he went into the woods and disappeared forever (in the movies). (more…)
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. (more…)