One of the movies I've most looked forward to this year is The Woods which early reviews are calling one of the scariest films ever made. At ComicCon, distributor Lionsgate surprised everyone by revealing that The Woods is actually going to be called BLAIR WITCH and is a direct sequel to the 1999 film, The Blair Witch Project! Whaaaa?! Instantly my excitement went to complete despair. WHYYY! In The Age of Sequels, Reboots and Reimaginings I hope studios take chances on new visions of horror and bring new stories to the screen. But I forget this is all about the money. Lionsgate could have kept the original title and viewers could have discovered the connection to The Blair Witch Project on their own inciting tremendous word of mouth but now, the movie is guaranteed to open big. For the sake of horror fans who don't like to be tricked, the movie better be amazing. The second "official" trailer for Blair Witch looks much less promising than the original trailer for The Woods. It opens September 16.
The movie poster before and after the reveal: