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[Trailer] Horror Classic Gets a Feature Length Fan Film With ‘The Blair Witch Legacy’

Back in 1999, filmmakers Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick changed the game with their low-budget The Blair Witch Project, a terrifying blend of fiction and reality that unquestionably popularized the found footage movement that would soon go on to dominate the landscape of the genre for many years.

The hit film was followed by Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 in 2000 and more recently, years-later sequel Blair Witch in 2016. Neither film was well received by fans, which probably explains why one hardcore fan has just taken matters into his own hands.

Jason Hawkins is the man behind The Blair Witch Legacy, a forthcoming fan film that plays around in the Blair Witch universe.

As a fan of the original, and as a filmmaker, it was fun to play in this world and make an unofficial sequel,” says Jason. “Test audiences have loved it so far, so we feel good about that.”

Check out the trailer below!

“In July 2017, three filmmakers traveled to Burkittsville, Maryland to document the untold truth behind the making of the original Blair Witch Project.”

The Blair Witch Legacy is expected to be available in Spring 2018.



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COMMENTS

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  • Necro

    I’ll give him credit for having the guts to do this. I know I’m going to get crushed for my opinion, but I liked all 3 films, yes that includes ‘Book of Shadows’! So to put out a film with ‘Blair Witch’ in the title after the way the last two films were received is definitely a risk. But hey it’s what he wants to do and stands by it so I respect him for that.

    • Brey Compton Arriaga

      Book of Shadows was an excellent sequel, it was risky, terrifying and very well done, don’t know why people hate it so much!

      • Necro

        Sorry for the delayed response! But Brey you have no, and I mean NO IDEA how stoked I am to hear you say that about ‘Book of Shadows’!!!! I absolutely love that movie and every time I even hint at it on here I get crushed! Not that I really care cuz it’s my opinion. I just don’t get the hatred. I thought Joe Berlinger (the director) did a great job, and he even hates it! Yeah a very underrated film!

    • Reece Catlin

      I agree! all these people bitching, atleast these fans are having a go.

  • Dave

    Anybody any idea when the documentary on the movie, The Woods Movie will be released?

    • I only found out about this a few months before the new Blair Witch was announced, and then it seemed to disappear from existence. So bummed! Dying to see a good insight into the making of the film! Hell, the commentary on the DVD is an entertaining wealth of info!

      • Dave

        Hopefully its released soon! Cant wait to see it.

  • Reason

    I’ll definitely watch it, but I’m expecting VERY little.

  • Rohan

    Blair Witch was so disappointing. Such a garbage ‘sequel’, if you can even call it that. Does there even need to be a sequel? If you are gonna do a sequel, do something different at least.

    • C-3PO’s

      The second they had the witch or whatever shriek during footage from the original they lost me.

      • Saturn

        According to the film makers, that wasn’t the witch in Blair Witch.

        • C-3PO’s

          Well whatever it was, putting new audio over the old footage was a stupid decision on their part.

          • Saturn

            My bad, I thought you were talking about the scene in the new Blair movie when you see the beasty that’s chasing them,
            I don’t remember the scene you’re talking about – I’m gonna have to re-watch the movie as I only saw it the once at the cinema.

    • Saturn

      Well they did do something different in Book Of Shadows – look how that turned out in most peoples eyes.

    • The Blair Witch Project is not a franchise movie. The two sequels shouldn’t even exist.

  • Franmon

    Though unofficial, I found “The Witch” works as a Blair Witch prequel.

  • It’s a shame that nearly every found footage film after The Blaire Witch Project was an excuse by inexperienced filmmakers (and even Hollywood studios) to make a cheap horror movie without actually making a movie. If only an auteur can come along and use this technique in an experimental and creative manner like the Blaire Witch Project did.

  • Mr. Red Right Hand

    i’m probably the only one that enjoyed Wingard’s “Blair Witch” but then again, i thoroughly enjoy anything he makes. there’s just something about being lost in the woods at night, with noises from the unknown, and never finding your way out really, really creeps me out.

    • Necro

      You’re not alone Mr. Red, I like every film in the franchise! As far as Wingard’s film, I was very impressed, especially the little glimpses of the ‘witch’ in the house in the ending.

      • Adriano Tenshi Giri

        That thing in the house wasn’t the Witch

        • Mr. Red Right Hand

          elaborate

          • Adriano Tenshi Giri

            it was one of the Witch’s servants, doomed to do her bidding

          • Mr. Red Right Hand

            normally, i’d ask why or how, but i’m just taking your word for it. whereas, the actual witch hasn’t been seen on screen and i’m okay with that.

        • Necro

          Unless I wasn’t paying close enough attention or misunderstood what was said, I could’ve swore I heard them say it was. You know the whole thing about the witch not wanting to see her own reflection and that was the one way to ‘survive’ by making her see herself and not turning around to look at her or something of that nature. It’s cool either way because it wasn’t like they gave you a long closeup shot of it. Hell I had to pause it just right to actually see it. So that big stick figure looking thing wasn’t the witch huh?

          • Adriano Tenshi Giri

            They said that was Kelly Edward, not the Witch, so we suppose that Kelly wasn’t the actual Witch, and that the real Witch was an even more ancient force which controlled her as well

  • Jason Hawkins

    Thanks, everyone -for the comments and feedback. As a fan of the first film, we wanted to make a fan film sequel just for kicks in between our usual projects. We’ll be releasing it soon for free, after its festival run, and I’d love to hear constructive feedback, good or bad. We’re targeting a release in March of 2018. The film is completely done, we just wanna let it have its fest run before it becomes public.

    • Mr. Red Right Hand

      congratulations, looks really good! can’t wait until it’s available to watch!

    • Necro

      I’m very interested in seeing it! I’m a huge fan of all three ‘Blair Witch’ films. I commend you for not being afraid to do this because the last two films weren’t that popular amongst the majority of fans, and definitely not well received. So kudos on that. Do your thing Bro cuz that type of mentality is what makes the Horror genre the best! Period! Best of luck going forward and on your future endeavors!

  • Tiffany Youngblood

    I remember seeing the first one in the theater and falling in love. The others that followed were ok, but they just seemed to lack something. But I have to say, this trailer has captured my attention and I cannot wait to see the movie! This is going to breathe some much needed life into what is a terrifying story of venturing into the woods! Thank you!!

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