Adam Wingard has become something of a cult-hit success within the contemporary American horror genre over the course of the past few years, with films such as You're Next and The Guest paving the way for his up and coming feature franchise production, Blair Witch. Originally titled The Woods in a ploy to keep the film's actual premise and nature under-wraps, the first proper trailer for Blair Witch premiered at San Diego Comic Con this past July. The film was also screen there, revealing it to indeed be a direct sequel to the seminal found-footage movie The Blair Witch Project from 1999.
Steering clear of the poorly-received sequel Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 from 2000, Wingard's Blair Witch seeks to send viewers back to the enigmatic Black Hills Forest in Maryland - in an attempt to reveal what actually befell the character Heather Donahue (and her friends) in Blair Witch Project. Given the built-in fanbase that still holds Blair Witch Project in high regard, Wingard's latest will seek to reestablish the found-footage genre as a effective one when it comes to horror filmmaking. On that note, a new full-length trailer and poster for Blair Witch are now available online.
In the second proper Blair Witch trailer (see above), distributor Lionsgate offers viewers their first glimpse at a lot of the found-footage horror set pieces soon to come in Wingard's film proper, coupled with plenty of spooky sound effects, ominous lighting, and sudden jump scares sure to scare the pants off potential viewers - in a manner that wil be familiar to those already acquainted with this franchise.
You can check out new Blair Witch poster below, followed by the official synopsis for the film:
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.
Wingard is certainly primed to deliver a more than faithful return to many facets of the franchise's storied legacy, and as such Blair Witch might yet give fans of the original movie a sequel worth its salt. It remains to be seen how well the new movie will fare when it finally sees theatrical release later next month, but here's to hoping that Wingard and company will manage to deliver a thrilling throwback to the days when found-footage was a more novel conceit of the horror genre.
Blair Witch will see theatrical release in the U.S. on September 16, 2016.