WATCH: Secret Sequel ‘Blair Witch’ Looks Just as Scary as the Original
After the film The Woods premiered at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, it was revealed that the horror film, directed by Adam Wingard, is actually a sequel to The Blair Witch Project and is now titled Blair Witch. Sneaky buggers.
The found footage movie stars James Allen McCune as the brother of Heather Donahue’s character from the original 1999 horror film. Bringing along some friends, James ventures into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of his 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. Check out the ultra-creepy trailer above!
Blair Witch has a strong pedigree behind it. Wingard and writer Simon Barrett have collaborated on previous thriller projects, including the stellar 2013’s home invasion horror-comedy You’re Next and Dan Stevens-starring action-thriller The Guest.
Wingard explained to EW the plan to keep it secret. “The Woods was our working title. When we signed on to it, we knew that [the name] was eventually going to be changed. To us, it wasn’t even going to be part of the marketing. But I think Lionsgate made a really smart decision, using that.”
The original 1999 The Blair Witch Project was a study in film marketing done right. As one of the first horror films to use the found-footage style, Lionsgate made it seem like the events depicted in the footage were real, as it followed three filmmaking students into the Black Hills Forest to investigate the long-standing urban legend of the Blair Witch. The film was made for a mere $60,000 but went on to gross $140 million in the U.S.
Blair Witch will fly into theaters September 6.