"Do you believe in the stories…?" Surprise! Lionsgate hosted a screening of a horror film called The Woods at Comic-Con this week, and just as the lights were going down, lucky attendees realized - this was actually going to be a screening of a secret sequel/reboot of The Blair Witch Project (which premiered at Sundance in 1999 and became a huge hit). Titled simply Blair Witch, Lionsgate hired horror masterminds Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett (of The Guest, You're Next) to reboot the original found footage horror, and keep it a secret until now. The working title was The Woods, and we even posted a trailer for this film a few months ago, but it wasn't until this week that all was revealed. You can read more about how they pulled off this big secret on EW.com. And to keep the buzz going, they've released a new trailer for the horror reboot.
Here's the new trailer for Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett's Blair Witch, direct from Lionsgate's YouTube:
Here's a few of the tweets showing the marketing banner being switched out at the screening at Comic-Con:
Giant WOODS sign changes to BLAIR WITCH in theater lobby #sdcc pic.twitter.com/1rWLgrNecZ
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) July 23, 2016
This happened during our screening in the lobby. pic.twitter.com/XJO45I2bAL
— Simon Barrett (@Simon_Barrett) July 23, 2016
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, formerly The Woods, is directed by filmmaker Adam Wingard and written by screenwriter Simon Barrett, the same filmmaking team behind A Horrible Way to Die, You're Next, The Guest, and segments in V/H/S 1 & 2 previously. Lionsgate is still planning to release the new Blair Witch in theaters starting September 16th later this fall. For more check out #BlairWitch. Who's interested in seeing this?