Seventeen years after the the first movie, The Blair Witch Project, we are seeing the creators return to the franchise. The Blair Witch Project was the movie that started the found footage trend in movie making, resulting in a few memorable movies (like my fave, Cloverfield) and far too many duds. A sequel arrived in 2000, titled Book of Shadows: The Blair Witch 2, which did away with the found footage theme, and also did away with the theme of being a good movie.
This time it looks like Blair Witch is back on track. With a simplified title, The Blair Witch, and a return to found footage, this movie seems to be taking us back to what we loved about the first movie. With the trick of found footage style, it’s all about what you don’t see, and what you want to see, outside the range of the camera. It harkens back to movie making of old, before we had such amazing special effects, when fear was based on your own imagination instead of just seeing how much gore you could get on the screen.
I never thought I’d say it, but I’m looking forward to the next installment of The Blair Witch.
The Blair Witch sneaks up on theaters September 16th.