A new horror film from Adam Wingard, the gifted director of the pulse-racing thrillers You’re Next and The Guest, is already a cause for celebration. But it turns out that his latest feature The Woods, a found-footage fright flick of which not much was known until now, is actually Blair Witch, a sequel to the 1999 minimalist horror classic The Blair Witch Project that became one of the biggest hits of that summer and one of the most profitable independent films ever released.
Lionsgate made the announcement early Friday evening at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con where they showed Blair Witch in full for the first time and marked the occasion by releasing the first trailer, poster, and image with the film’s official title attached. You can check them all out here below.
Blair Witch stars James Allen McCune as the brother of the original film’s documentary filmmaker protagonist, played by Heather Donahue, who went missing in the woods of Burkittsville, Maryland along with two colleagues while investigating the legend of the monstrous Blair Witch. He gathers some friends and heads back to the scene of the crime to get some real answers regarding his sister’s unexplained disappearance, and terrifying mayhem obviously ensues.
The screenplay was written by Simon Barrett, who also scripted several of Wingard’s previous films. Valorie Curry, Callie Hernandez, and Brandon Scott co-star. Early word on Blair Witch is that it’s one the scariest films in years. Time will tell if it lives to the hype, but if anyone can make the woods of Burkittsville a dangerous and haunting place to dwell once more, it’s Wingard and Barrett.
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.
Lionsgate presents, a Lionsgate production, a Vertigo Entertainment / Room 101 / Snoot Entertainment production.
Blair Witch opens on September 16, 2016.
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