SDCC16: Adam Wingard’s ‘The Woods’ Screening Turns Out To Be Secret ‘Blair Witch’ Sequel

Jul 23, 2016

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When The Guest director Adam Wingard went off to make his horror film The Woods we didn’t really think too much about it.

However, it was just revealed at Comic-Con and Entertainment Weekly that the Lionsgate film was really secretly the third movie in the Blair Witch horror franchise. The film was screened for attendees and we got a reaction from former Omega writer PJ Campbell, who saw the film.

Are you ready for a trip back to one of the horror genre’s most feared woods? EW can reveal that Lionsgate is releasing a new, and previously secret, sequel to horror classic The Blair Witch Project on Sept. 16. Titled, simply, Blair Witch, the found footage movie stars James Allen McCune (Showtime’s Shameless) as the brother of Heather Donahue’s character from the original 1999 horror film, who sets out to discover what happened to his long-missing sister.

Blair Witch is directed by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett, whose previous collaborations include 2013’s home invasion horror-comedy You’re Next and the following year’s Dan Stevens-starring action-thriller The Guest. The film was shot secretly in Vancouver last year but has actually been hiding in plain sight under the name of The Woods. In May, Lionsgate released a trailer for “The Woods,” which featured footage from the film accompanied by a creepy cover of The Police’s “Every Breath You Take.” Blair Witch is being publicly shown Friday for the first time at Comic-Con in San Diego at an event which has been billed as a screening for The Woods.

I remember seeing it when it was first making the rounds, and everyone was still treating it as a real found-footage horror documentary. It might have sparked a terrible style of sub-genre horror movies, but the feel was scary at the time.

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The film was shown and got a positive reaction from our friend PJ from Reel Film Chatter.

I was really, really impressed. Nice return to form for the series. @AdamWingard brought the series back in style. So very cool! #BlairWitch

Blair Witch is coming to screens on September 16th, 2016.

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SOURCE: EW

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