Posted on Wednesday, November 21st, 2018 by Britt Hayes
Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: the much-derided sequel to The Blair Witch Project actually rules, thank you very much.)
A little over a year after The Blair Witch Project hit theaters and subsequently became a box office phenomenon, Artisan Entertainment released a sequel that did…the opposite.
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 was meant to capitalize on the success of the first film, expanding the mythology for Blair-obsessed audiences eager for another trip to the Burkittsville woods. But Joe Berlinger’s self-aware sequel failed to bewitch fans the same way its predecessor had. And that’s a shame because Book of Shadows is one of the most delightful and rewarding sequels in horror history.
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For all you action figure collectors out there, iam8bit gallery in Los Angeles has a new exhibition you might want to check out, especially if you’re into the kind of action figures that haven’t been produced before.
Artist Dano Brown, who has been obsessed with customized action figures since he was a kid, put together an exhibition of 40 original action figures inspired by movies, television and video games. There are figures from Dumb & Dumber, The Big Lebowski, Forrest Gump, The Wizard, The Jerk, Little Monsters, and more. Read More »
Rumblings from last year regarding a Blair Witch TV series appear to have been true. Lionsgate is in the process of creating original digital content for their newly-branded Studio L, and a Blair Witch series is among the potential digital titles.
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The Blair Witch Project was one of the most successful, and most effective, horror movies in film history. The multiple sequels? Well, that’s another story.
While follow-ups to Blair Witch haven’t been able to retain the magic of the first film, a return to Burkittsville isn’t out of the question. Original Blair Witch co-creator Eduardo Sanchez recently revealed that a possible Blair Witch TV series is in the works, bringing Elly Kedward and her scary stick figures from the big screen to the small.
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The found footage horror film is, for the most part, dead. The cause of death was overexposure – after producers realized how quick and easy (and cheap!) it would be to create such films, the multiplexes became choked with them. You couldn’t swing a dead cat without hitting a found footage/faux documentary chiller (note: please don’t swing cats, alive or dead; it’s mean).
Yet every now and then, someone will resurrect the idea, for better or worse. Usually worse. Then there’s the Creep series. With Creep and Creep 2 (with the potential for a Creep 3), Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass have found clever new ways to reinvigorate the found footage subgenre. Better than that, they’ve found ways to actually make such a medium seem practical in terms of the story.
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The weather might be warming up as summer gets close, but there will still be some rainy days keeping you inside the house and watching whatever is available on Netflix. Therefore, you might want to spend some time this weekend watching some of the better movies that will be leaving Netflix next month.
Below, we’ve assembled a list of the best TV shows and movies leaving Netflix in June 2017. Read More »
Update: We have embedded the alternate endings discussed below. Watch them at the bottom of the article.
This summer will mark 18 years since The Blair Witch Project took the box office by storm, becoming one of the first viral sensations at the cinema. Some audiences weren’t sure whether the movie they were watching was real or not thanks to a clever marketing campaign creating a fake ghost story online (when the internet wasn’t anywhere near as widely used or quite as untrustworthy) about a witch in Burkittsville, Maryland. The movie scared the hell out of people, especially the troubling ending. But it turns out that ending was almost drastically different and potentially not as frightening.
Find out about The Blair Witch Project alternate endings below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
If you have a Netflix subscription (and of course you have a Netflix subscription), you’re in luck: a lot of good stuff is arriving on the streaming service in February. Here’s what you should find time to watch.
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Unfortunately, Blair Witch was not quite the hit sequel that Lionsgate was hoping it would be. The film has only pulled in $16.5 million domestically and another $11.5 million internationally. That’s a bummer, because it’s actually quite the scary sequel that expands the mythology of The Blair Witch Project without ruining anything or revealing too much.
Now those of you have seen it may be thinking to yourself that the movie does reveal too much about the legend at the core of the horror franchise, mostly because it appears to reveal the titular spirit/monster/whatever. But writer Simon Barrett recently confirmed that we don’t actually see the Blair Witch on screen at all. Find out more below, but beware of spoilers. Read More »
Posted on Monday, September 19th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The first sequel to The Blair Witch Project arrived only 15 months after the release of the original movie. The second sequel took another 16 years to manifest, arriving in theaters just three days ago. While the franchise lay dormant for over a decade, it turns out that there were attempts to revive it in the years between Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 and Blair Witch, one of which was a prequel pitched by the same team that made the original movie.
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