A few months ago, Lionsgate released the trailer for The Woods, and some of the critics who had seen the movie labeled it the “scariest movie ever made.” The trailer itself didn’t offer much other than a sufficiently chilling cover of “Every Breath You Take,” but the critics who had seen it were giddy about the Adam Wingard (V/H/S, You’re Next) directed film, and I was willing to believe the hype based on his phenomenal You’re Next.
As it turns out, however, The Woods was only its working title. Its actual title is Blair Witch, and it’s a sequel to the terrifying/boring (depending on who you are and your mood when you watched it) 1999 original film. This one sees the brother of Heather, from the first film, return to the scene of her disappearance in an effort to track her down, along with his friends. Naturally, they come upon the bogeyman themselves.
I liked the first Blair Witch a lot, although it’s definitely one of those horror films that requires the viewer to be in the right setting. Found footage, at the time, was novel, and it may be the last movie I remember not being able to see for days because it kept selling out.
As for the sequel trailer? It looks fairly conventional, but in the right setting, it could definitely work.
If successful, it’s only a matter of time before Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity combine to form their own cinematic universe.