Horror fans were both intrigued and confused when a teaser for a mysterious Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The Guest) film titled The Woods surfaced in early 2016. The shaky footage was almost indiscernible, but a series of quotes from notable genre critics promised the birth of a new era for horror films. The lack of plot revealed wasn’t all that surprising, but the appearance of press reactions to a film very few seemed to know even existed did strike us as odd, and now we know why.
The Woods had its first public screening tonight at San Diego Comic-Con. Those in attendance were the first to learn that The Woods is actually a film called Blair Witch, a sequel to Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick’s 1999 megahit The Blair Witch Project.
Yes, a new Blair Witch film is on the way, and we are less than two months from the film’s nationwide release. Here’s the film’s official trailer:
How Book Of Shadows plays into all of this remains unknown, but those details—if they exist—will probably surface in the coming days/weeks.
Wingard wrote the film with longtime collaborate Simon Barrett. The official synopsis is as follows:
“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.“
James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott, Valorie Curry, Corbin Reid, and Wes Robinson star. Blair Witch arrives in theaters on September 16. Everyone we know who has seen the film has told us it is nothing short of game-changing. Here’s hoping that proves true.