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‘The Woods’ Trailer Boasts One of the Scariest Movies EVER!

THE WOODS | via Lionsgate

“A new beginning for horror films.”

Every few years a genre movie comes along that changes everything. Only, we’ve been waiting for that game-changer since the 2009 release of Paranormal Activity.

This all changes on September 16th, 2016 when Lionsgate leaves audiences lost in The Woods.

Bloody Disgusting readers already know director Adam Wingard, who helmed V/H/S and V/H/S/2 for Bloody Disgusting, not to mention the awesome The Guest and You’re Next. But when The Woods releases this fall, he will become a household name.

The Woods is written by his longtime collaborator Simon Barrett, and while many of the details are being kept submerged, it does “involve a group of college students on a camping trip who discover they are not alone.

James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott, Valorie Curry, Corbin Reid, and Wes Robinson star.

Lionsgate is starting the hype early, having just released the first teaser and poster for what will be known as “one of the scariest movies ever made.”

Yes, I’m putting my full weight behind The Woods in a way that I haven’t done since Paranormal Activity. It’s terrifying. It’s rattling. It’s next level.

That’s all you get for now, but to you should really click here for updates.

If you need an extra push, check this: Roy Lee (The Ring, The Grudge, The Strangers, It), Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity, Insidious), Keith Calder and Jessica Wu (You’re Next, The Guest) are the producers.

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  • so…….bigfoot?

    • Keep guessing 😉

      • Creepshow

        Does it have to do with poison ivy and ticks invading people’s undercarriages?

        • Can you PLEASE stop bringing up that one weekend? That cream really didn’t help all that much…

          • Creepshow

            Will do. I just thought the script was based on true events.

      • Mah0019

        The blair witch

    • charanto

      What about a group of them? That could be cool!

  • Seed

    Looks kinda shitty.

  • Calavera Sonriente

    I’m excited to see what this movie is about! “a group of college students on a camping trip who discover they are not alone.” doesn’t exactly sound like a new beginning for horror, but we’ll see when we get some more details.
    Actually The Witch and Darling were game changers for me.

    • LoveAnimation

      I think he means game changers that starts a big new horror franchise like Paranormal Activity did.

  • James F. Reilly

    I see ‘found footage’ and excess shaky cam. Stop. STAAAAAAHP!

  • Grandpa Fred

    I’m not watching this trailer, and I’m going to avoid reading anything about this film until I see it. Cool story, right?

  • Michael James

    They must be extremely desperate for positive feedback if they include a quote from Brad on the poster. Was there no real critics that had good things to say about this?

    • Gregory

      Joshua Rothkopf from Time Out New York is a real, non-horror minded critic, and he has a quote on the poster.

  • Lol

    “Yes, I’m putting my full weight behind The Woods in a way that I haven’t done since Paranormal Activity. It’s terrifying. It’s rattling. It’s next level.”

    So you’re going to overhype it to death like you did It Follows. Sweet.

    • Peter Johnson

      And The Witch. And The Babadook. And As Above/So Below. And any other movie he gets promotion money from.

      • Marvelnerd

        Well. Thankfully It Follows, The Witch, and The Babadook were all good.

        • Peter Johnson

          Good, yes. But without the hype, they would have been so much better in my opinion. Then again, the filmmakers wouldn’t be as successful without the hype, so it’s good for them.

  • DannX68

    V/H/S 1+2 and You’re Next?
    Really not sold.

    • LoveAnimation

      Those were all good movies to me.

    • Micah Unice

      And The Guest. Fantastic flicks, all 4 of them.

      • James

        Vhs films were so so. Wingard’s segment was very weak. I did love horrible way to die, you’re next and the first though.

  • Graham

    Not getting a uniquely scary vibe from the trailer or the premise, but I’d be interested in checking it out when the time comes. I guess it’s better not to know too much going in.

  • Wolf-man

    Oh gee Brad is over-hyping a movie from the V/H/S crew. Big shock there.
    Phrases like “its a game changer” make me not want to see it at all. I know its not going to be and probably will be terrible.

  • Adam Luckey

    Not expecting it to be scary, but am still pretty excited for it since Adam Wingard is directing, have enjoyed just about everything he has put out so far. His movies have been more fun than scary though, so not exactly sold on the whole “Scariest movie ever” thing.

  • BloodyDisgusted

    I’ve been so curious about this one, should I watch the trailer or nah?

    • It’s a pretty good trailer that doesn’t seem to really give anything away. Still no clue what it’s about beyond “bad things happen to kids in the woods”.

  • Cappy Tally

    Firstly, I trust Adam Wingard to deliver. I’m looking forward to this.

    Secondly, I don’t get the complaints about Brad over-hyping things. I like getting hyped for horror films. Too often these days, the general vibe seems to be “eh, that seems kind of cool I guess, maybe I’ll check it out on VOD.” Hype for horror films is a good thing. It helps the genre. It keeps people excited and aware that there are good horror films being made and released.

    As for the films he’s hyping, I’m sorry you’re all so fucking jaded and cynical, but he was right to hype films like “The Babadook”, “It Follows”, and “The Witch”, films that were well made, well intended, and genuinely scary. They did interesting, innovative things with the genre, but they didn’t dismiss the genre’s roots or balk at its conventions, and they certainly didn’t spend the whole run time mocking the genre and passing themselves off as “horror comedy” films.

    If you honestly have a problem with Brad hyping those films, or any film, you should take a minute to reflect inward and consider that whining and bitching about someone trying to give solid horror films some attention is only harmful to the genre and its community.

    And yes, those three mentioned films are solid, more than solid in my opinion, and I could fight any one of you on all three of them. But I won’t, because this isn’t the place for that. God forbid another comment section doesn’t turn into a childish series of arguments about films that aren’t even relevant to the article.

    • J Jett

      “…and I could fight any one of you on all three of them”…..LOL. ok, tough guy.

    • thegunshow

      I like the direction the 3 films you mentioned are taking the genre into, although I wasn’t as big a fan of the Babadook as many are. I think It Follows is the best of the bunch, and The Witch has a lot to offer. I AM concerned about the over-hyping of new releases though. I think it leads to expectations that can disappoint and simultaneously diminish an otherwise excellent film. While I enjoy hearing about a new film and reading about its credentials, I try and keep my expectations in check so as to have an experience based on my own viewing and not that of someone else’s. In my opinion, too many recent horror movies have suffered from over-hype, and I think it’s a detriment to the genre as a whole.

    • Full Frontal Throttle

      You are really clueless. Horror will remain dead due to ones like you who accept anything. Yawn

      • Cappy Tally

        Disagree. I don’t accept just anything. If I think a film sucks, I’ll say so. Those films do not suck.

  • Alanmac

    Aliens maybe? I liked the trailer but I tread carefully after being sold on It Follows and The Babadook and then hating both films. This does look like it’s got some intense claustrophobic moments which I like.

  • Richter Belmont

    Ugh, this is why I don’t listen to contemporary music. What an absolutely horrible cover of ‘Every Breath You Take’ by The Police.

  • Ady Lindsay

    I’m sure the film won’t be too bad and I understand hype however for me this looks just like another run of the mill found footage film a genre that for me began and ended with the Blair Witch Project.

  • Gerald scali

    The trailer and write up are somewhat reminiscent of The Witch a movie that disappointed me if not many who anticipated its rave reviews and deceptive previews.

    • GinsuVictim

      I was so hyped for The Witch based on everything I was hearing about, then so very disappointed by what I saw. I wanted to be SCARED, and I was only occasionally disturbed.

    • Momma June Bug

      The only thing scary about The Witch is she magically stole $10.00 from my wallet. Stupid a s s movie

      • Full Frontal Throttle


  • I’ve been waiting on news of this since it was first announced. I know the rumor was that it was a continuation of The Blair Witch but I suppose they would’ve let the cat out of the bag on that by now…unless they’re trying to one up the Cloverfield Lane marketing team with a truly surprise sequel. Whatever it is, it looks pretty great.

  • Ryan

    Jesus, did it have to be another FF movie? Talented directors shouldn’t make movies like this, leave it to the people with no imagination. It’s lazy.

  • Callie Hernandez again? Why everyone cast this girl?

  • Nothing333

    Why all the haterade on this trailer. Its subtle, keeps the mystery of the film a secret, and has rave reviews. Adam Wingard is one of the best modern voices in horror. I for one look forward to seeing this.

    • Vicente Garcia

      *SLOW CLAPS*

  • pablitonizer

    As far as I’ve been told from sources close to this movie, it’s a continuation of The Blair Witch Project, actually the ending for this one is attached to what happened in Blair witch’s end…

  • Halloween_Vic

    Damm hopefully this is a game changer for real man, honestly we haven’t really had a scary exclusive theatrical release in a while. I wonder what this is gonna be about?? I’m hoping for either a Slasher type film, or a Creature Feature or something along the lines of Wrong Turn. I’m hoping for chase chase chase and more chase scenes. The teaser looks good and I’m ready for this to blow me away but I won’t get my hopes up. Can’t wait to catch this.

  • Galvion

    It just better fucking not be ghosts.

  • Momma June Bug

    I’m sure it will be the scariest movie ever made. Like when I say that I took the biggest crap this morning … Same thing

  • Blade4693

    Well, from the trailer it does LOOK good. I love all of the scenery in the opening. I am a sucker for mountains and forests lol anyway I hope its good, but I would not recommend over hyping it too much. When you say its the scariest movie ever and a game changer, people will go in with certain expectations.

    • thegunshow

      Couldn’t agree more. I also love horror movies that take place in the woods, but sending peoples expectations through the roof before the film is even released is just a bad idea.

  • is this found footage though? the hype suggests a good film and the poster is wicked. But if it is found footage that people constantly filming when they should be running, I will be very disappointed

  • Corey Jason Cochran

    It’ll probably be another Blumhouse-ish piece of supernatural crap. JUMP SCARES, OOOOH SO SPOOPY.

    Make something that’s actually creepy.

    • insanislupus

      Blumhouse rules. Do you even like horror movies?

  • Oh my GOD, the cinematography is awesome. Looks very atmospheric. Hush up doubters, Wingard and Barrett have proven to be very reliable even on worn out tropes. This looks to be made of win to me.

  • Mr.Grinch

    Isn’t this the Blair Witch sequel this very site reported Wingard was making about a year ago?

    • Ryan

      Yup, good call, and probably not something we’re suppose to actually know about. I bet they’re pulling a 10 Cloverfield Lane.

      • Hmmm. My interest just perked up now.

  • Lucca Cantisano

    Cinematography is beautiful and I LOVE the poster, but the trailer itself looks kinda generic… We’ll see.

  • James DePaolo

    More paid for hype. They were also the site that told me, ” Paranormal Activity was the scariest film of all time”. Sites like this make horror seem like a con act and not a fan love. Fake fans who claim they love horror but push any movie who will write them a check.

  • Mr. Dry

    Is it just me or it’s pretty obvious that somehow the trees are the bad guys??

    • Prometeo

      I also saw some trees moving in the trailer

  • lib1

    It looks good but not mindblowing. In my opinion, “The Witch” is the best horror film so far this year. We still have months to go though.

    • Full Frontal Throttle

      The Witch was the Worst horror film of the year! Can you say, Over Hyped!

  • NixEclips

    They quote Brad twice…twice, in the trailer.

  • Trailer didn’t show much to get excited over. Just a group of people out in the woods that eventually get scared over something. Welcome to a million other horror movies.

  • J Jett

    Brad, the only reason the trailer boasts “ONE OF THE SCARIEST MOVIES EVER” is because it is YOU who is making that claim. the fact you are quoted twice within the same trailer is suspect. they couldn’t find anyone else to add to the good review quote’s. i’m not trying to be rude but this smacks of you being paid to over-hype this movie.

    • Gregory

      They do quote two other sources on the poster, already, however. One of which is Joshua Rothkopf, an actual critic rather than a horror specialist.

  • mrfrost

    “Staring person with back to camera” shot is in the trailer. Dear god, the rebooted Blair Witch.

  • Overton Green

    The Witch was supposed to be the scariest movie of the past decade. It has to be one of the most frustrating movies I have seen. First of all I had to watch it twice just to try to understand some of what was being said. The accents were so heavy and unclear that it felt annoying more so than being true to the era it’s supposed to be taking place in.

    Also it wasn’t scary at all. I am not sure why anyone would be scared by what is happening in the movie (Not much actually happens in the movie).

    The ending was telegraphed and I saw it coming probably 30 minutes into the movie. I didn’t think it was horrible but I definitely felt it was over hyped.

    The fact that The Woods is a FF film already has me rolling my eyes that it can deliver on it’s promise to be one of the most frightening films ever. I was hoping that genre had finally died ugh!

    • thegunshow

      The Witch was probably over-hyped, as I’m guessing this movie is as well. I liked the Witch, but I agree with you that the dialogue is difficult to understand. I didn’t find the Witch to be particularly scary, but at the same time, I felt it had some of the best depictions of a witch I’ve ever seen on film. Personally, I wish there had just been more of the Witch in the movie. I’m tired of every new horror film proclaiming itself to be some kind of masterpiece before anyone has even seen it. Only time will tell if a horror movie is a classic. I have hopes for The Woods, as I have hopes for any movie in the genre, but based on the hyperbole of recent horror movies, I’m keeping my expectations in check.

    • Full Frontal Throttle

      The Witch was boring

    • alwayswipetwice

      The Witch is an amazing horror movie, but not necessarily because there’s something to be afraid of. There’s really nothing “scary” about it. It is horrific though. The whole time there’s a real sense of something being very wrong. You feel like something bad is happening and it’s only going to get worse. It’s tormenting.

      • Darnell

        Movie was boring and very little actually happened.

    • Prometeo

      The Witch, The Babadook: Goodnight Mom… all meh movies

  • amol

    Iooks great but i hope there actually is something in the woods.

  • sliceanddice

    trailer looks quite good despite the hyperbole.

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  • Full Frontal Throttle

    This will suck! Believe It!

    • marshally

      Why, please elaborate

  • alwayswipetwice

    Looks like a non-found footage Blair Witch, which is a great thing. I hope there’s more left to the imagination than gore. I love the idea of being chased and stalked by the unknown. There’s nothing scarier, imo. Also seems like there’s a good setup for something psychological (ie: The Descent). And I love that poster!

    • It is found footage, and it is the Blair Witch.

      • NRcrsh

        i think you missed it…

        • No, what I’m saying is that I think this is actually a continuation of BWP under a different moniker. This very web-site reported that The Woods was likely a new BWP movie around a year ago, and now they are quoted in the official trailer.

          Sure it’s a whole heap of wishful thinking on my behalf, but there’s a lot lending to the theory.

  • dirtysteve

    I would have called It Follows the best thing in recent years.

  • Db

    The trailer isn’t doing itself any favors with the stupid cliche “atmospheric-cover-of-familiar-song-trying-to-sound-creepy” trend that everyone in trailers is doing now. Just stop it. The movie might be good, but the trailer sucks dicks.

    • NRcrsh

      the lights out trailer does a better job at making you dread to turn the lights out, though.

  • Derek Behrends

    If it ends up being aliens taking people from a remote forest I will walk out of the theater.

  • Pretty convinced this is a continuation of The Blair Witch Project (and they are keeping it under wraps ala 10 Cloverfield Lane).

    It all has me suitably moist.

  • Aaron Tom

    The fact that it’s found footage means this will suck. But the fact it’s directed by Adam Wingard means it will completely suck. He hasn’t made anything even above-average, let alone mind-blowing, yet he’s treated like the second-coming.

    And I’m just a rare visitor here, but I had no idea Brad produced the VHS series. No wonder he’s up the asses of everyone involved.

  • NRcrsh

    anything inundated with that much hyperbole from news outlets leaves room for doubt.

    in the trailer, all of the victims are women…is this, like found footage mixed with exploitation porn…because a serbian film already did that…unless, you know, they finally found a way to make live action tentacle porn…and then make it genuinely scary…because it’s already effed up as it is.

    it’s disgusting, i know, but some people really don’t know where to stop.

    another thing they COULD do that’s relatively new is trigger trypophobia en masse, because that could be chilling, creepy, nightmarish, and intense…imagine people throwing up in cinemas and doctors developing trypophobia…some people might not ever come out of it ever.

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