It may not officially go down as “trolling the audience,” but film production company Lionsgate has pulled off one of the all-time greatest marketing misdirects with its film, ‘The Woods,’ which was just revealed at San Digeo Comic Con to actually be a sequel to one of the biggest horror sleeper hits of all time, ‘The Blair Witch Project!’
Trailers for ‘The Woods’ have been out for a while now, which makes sense, considering that the film is due to be released into theaters less than two months from now, on September 16th. However, there were no mentions of any Blair Witch connection, save for some extremely quick views of stick figures that looked like the phenomena from the first film.
Compare the two trailers below – the top one is a trailer released months ago for ‘The Woods,’ and the bottom one is the newly-released trailer for ‘Blair Witch:’
Early buzz for this movie has been good, and that was before the Blair Witch connection. Personally, I highly enjoyed the first ‘Blair Witch’ film, and I’m assuming that the sequel, ‘Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2,’ will be largely ret-conned from the new film’s canon (I certainly wish it could be ret-conned from my mind). I’m definitely looking forward to further exploration of the series through a deliberate continuation of the original storyline: the fact that one of the lead characters of the new film is related to Heather, the female lead of the original film, seems like a great way to progress the plot years later.
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.
‘Blair Witch’ is set to be released in American theaters on September 16, 2017.
Tony Schaab misses ‘Futurama’ so much that he made himself a best friend out of a silver trash can and has daily internal debates about cutting off his head and sticking it in a jar. A lover of most things sci-fi and horror, Tony is an author by day and a DJ by night. Come hang out with Tony on Facebook and Twitter to hear him spew semi-funny nonsense and get your opportunity to finally put him in his place.