The much anticipated (true) sequel to 1999’s The Blair Witch Project was a bit of a switcharoo for die-hard fans of the original. Billed as The Woods, no one knew Wingard and his You’re Next and The Guest co-writer Simon Barrett were secretly filming a follow up to the original until this past Comic-Con when Lionsgate and the filmmakers held a special screening for The Woods and then revealing for the fans that it was, in fact, a new Blair Witch movie. Sneaky. And awesome.
The movie debuted this past Friday and so far, a mix of reviews have hit the web. The film is currently sitting on a not-so-fresh rating of 43% Rotten – not good when you compare The Blair Witch Project’s 86% Fresh rating – with some critics complaining the sequel is just “more of the same” and worse – a rehash of the original.
But some critics are enjoying the hell out of the movie, including fans of the original and especially, horror lovers everywhere. So, it now falls to this crew who do indeed, give it high marks for furthering the mythology of the original while also representing a damn good horror movie; sequel or not.
Here’s the official synopsis for the movie:
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.
So join the Nightmares crew as they dig in deep for an all out spoiler review. For those reading this and haven’t seen the movie… what are you doing here? Watch the movie and then, head on back here for the spoiler review.
And for more of our Blair Witch coverage, be sure to check out the following links:
- The Top 10 Found Footage Films, Ranked
- ‘Blair Witch’ Review: Now with Bigger, More Menacing Stick Figures | TIFF 2016
- The Fascinating, Preposterous Ruins of ‘Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2’
- Exclusive: New ‘Blair Witch’ Trailer Will Trap You Underground and Leave You For Dead
- Watch: ‘Blair Witch’ Filmmakers on the Secret Movie’s Origin, Found Footage, and More Sequels