When The Blair Witch Project was released in 1999, viewers literally believed the film makers had died when filming. The found footage horror genre was born. Looking back, we see the choppiness of the film and many people find it funny to watch now. Though the found footage horror genre is one of the most popular (and least expensive) to film, it was new and edgy in the early 2000’s. Today, films like the Paranormal Activity franchise are everywhere and we take the genre for granted.
The upcoming part three of the Blair Witch saga is entitled simply Blair Witch, and the trailer makes it looks much closer to something like Paranormal Activity than The Blair Witch Project.
Here is the official synopsis:
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.
Blair Witch comes to theaters September 16, 2016.