Back in 1999 Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick’s The Blair Witch Project became a box office smash, and has since been widely considered one of the scariest movies ever made, as well as the Godfather of found-footage.
In just under a month, Lionsgate is to release Blair Witch, a surprise sequel that was directed by Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, who previously collaborated with Sanchez on V/H/S/2. And while we’re huge fans here on Bloody Disgusting, I think every horror fan wants to know what the creators of The Blair Witch think about it.
Sanchez joined the Found Footage Files podcast where he explained just how good he thinks it is, likening it turning everything “up to 11.”
“It’s just full-blast ‘Blair Witch’,” he explained. “It’s really creepy and the last third is just crazy. It’s just all over the place. It just does not let you go, you know? I’m really happy to have been a part of it… it kind of progresses the found-footage genre a little bit which I think is really cool.”
He continues: “It’s really, really well grounded in the original. And I think that the fans of the original will get a lot out of it. It’s kind of a recognizable…it’s almost like you’ve been, like kind of a deja vu, but then it turns into just a — like I said, it kinda takes our film and blows the doors off and goes nuts with it, in a really really good way.”
He’s not kidding, here’s a blurb from my review:
” ‘Blair Witch’ is that game-changer horror fans desperately have been waiting for. It will usher in a new breed of genre films that are targeted at creating an emotional experience above all else. “Scary” is probably an understatement as this may just be the first film since ‘The Exorcist’ that will leave younger audiences scarred for life.”
In Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch, “A group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of James’ sister who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of locals offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods, but as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence. Slowly, they begin to realize the legend is all too real and more sinister than they could have imagined.“
James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott, Valorie Curry, Corbin Reid, and Wes Robinson star.
Blair Witch will destroy audiences on September 16th.