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Things get tense around the dinner table when a mother looks to her husband to satisfy her sudden cannibalistic craving in our exclusive clip from "Shady Glen," the next episode of From Dusk Till Dawn Season 3 that airs tonight at 9:00pm Et on El Rey Network.
Episode 305 synopsis: "A cannibal attack in a suburban neighborhood forces Seth to bring his makeshift team together to save innocent civilians"
"Season three features a returning ensemble cast including D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Eiza González, Jesse Garcia, Madison Davenport, Brandon Soo Hoo, Emily Rios and Jake Busey. New cast joining the third season are: Ana de la Reguera ("Jane the Virgin”, "Narcos") who will have a recurring role as Lord Venganza Verdugo, one of the seven remaining culebra Lords; Marko Zaror (“Machete Kills”) as Zolo, »
- Derek Anderson
Editor’s Note: Artist and Bigfoot enthusiast Derek West loves all things Sasquatch. The guy is a walking encyclopedia on the subject and when he’s not painting what I consider to be some of the best and most creatively interesting pieces or art (here), he’s pretty devoted to the Bigfoot cause. When Pursuit: The Search For Bigfoot was sent our way, I knew West was just the person to give it a watch and also recommend some of his favorite Sasquatch films. Read on! – Jerry
Promoter, radio host, Bigfoot hunter, and now director Tom Biscardi enters the world of found footage with his project Pursuit: The Search for Bigfoot. The film follows a very familiar path of shaky cameras and awkward sometimes random feeling footage that attempts to tell a story. This particular story is a bout two filmmakers who come into possession of a journal that documents Bigfoot sighting across America. »
- Jerry Smith
This past weekend, Lionsgate released the horror film “Blair Witch,” a direct sequel to Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez’s 1999 smash hit “The Blair Witch Project,” to mixed reviews and an underwhelming box office performance. The film grossed $9.6 million on opening weekend, which was below expectations and the lowest for the series, even lower than the widely-panned first sequel “Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2.”
In response to the film’s tepid critical and commercial response, the “Blair Witch” director Adam Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett took to Twitter to lament their film’s reception and gently mock the weekend’s box office winner “Sully,” Clint Eastwood’s film about Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and the Miracle on the Hudson. Wingard first tweeted that, “Ya win some. Ya lose some,” before commenting to Barrett that they »
- Vikram Murthi
The 1999 original terrified audiences with its ‘found footage’ shtick, but there are few surprises left down in the woods today
In the mid-1890s, Parisians reportedly ran screaming from the Lumière brothers’ experimental short film L’arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat, terrified that the train coming towards them was about to run them down. A century later, cinemagoers were traumatised by The Blair Witch Project, unable to determine whether its faux-documentary story was fact or fiction. Kickstarting the “found footage” boom that has dominated 21st-century horror, directors Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez brilliantly reminded us that cinema’s greatest trick has always been in convincing us that what we are watching is “real”.
Distributors Artisan famously picked up the no-budget The Blair Witch Project, with its unknown cast, for $1m and watched it make hundreds of millions worldwide. Now franchise inheritors Lionsgate have come searching for equally rich pickings. »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
About a decade ago, the team behind the biggest hit of the decade wrote a screenplay for the prequel. It had been a long time coming. In 1999, the shaky-cam horror movie “The Blair Witch Project” grossed nearly $250 million around the world, turning the microbudget chronicle of a few friends who venture into the woods and never returned into an unexpected phenomena. “We had a plan for if it failed, what do with our finances without declaring bankruptcy,” said Eduardo Sanchez, who co-directed with Daniel Myrick. “We didn’t have a plan if it became the highest-grossing independent film of all time.”
However, distributor Artisan Entertainment had plenty of ideas. In the immediate aftermath of “The Blair Witch Project” taking off around the world, the company announced its investment two follow-ups, only one of which came to fruition. Myrick and Sanchez, eager to try something different, instead threw themselves into raising »
- Eric Kohn
When I reviewed the original The Blair Witch Project, it was March of 1999. I saw it in Austin, in the apartment of a couple of my friends, thanks to Harry Knowles, who had been sent a VHS copy of the film by the filmmakers during its Sundance run. I went to Austin in February, and Harry had been sitting on his copy, waiting for us to get to town. We were there for the third Quentin Tarantino film festival at the still-young Alamo Drafthouse, and on the last night of the festival, my friends and I were set to hit the road as soon as the movies ended. We were road-tripping, and between the four of us, we figured we’d be able to do the entire drive back to La straight through with no stops for sleep. Harry asked us not to leave town right after the film, though. »
- Drew McWeeny
The stigmatic reputation of found footage horror is strong enough to scare away even the most determined filmmakers, but director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett aren’t your everyday horror makers. Not only did they accept the challenge of found footage filmmaking, but they did so by making a sequel to one of the most historic genre films of that nature – The Blair Witch Project.
The duo’s surprise sequel, Blair Witch, is an intense little horror thrill-ride built on what made Eduardo Sanchez and Gregg Hale’s iconic Massachusetts nightmare such an instantaneous success. Tight-knit, claustrophobic tension serves up a platter of anxiety-riddled scares once a group of campers find themselves lost in the witch’s woods, doomed by the curse inflicted upon them. My review out of the Toronto International Film Festival really says it all, detailing how standard subgenre fare evolves into a beastly haunted house »
- Matt Donato
17 years ago, The Blair Witch Project burst into theaters on a massive wave of hype and made instant stars out of its directors, Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick, and its trio of lead actors: Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard and Michael C. Williams, who made the cover of Newsweek magazine that same August. It was an unprecedented success that paved the way for the "found footage" genre that would explode over the subsequent decade, with films like Paranormal Activity and Cloverfield successfully exploiting the format's potential. None of these, though, would haunt viewers in quite the same way as Blair Witch, whose grainy, pre-smartphone aesthetic and terrifying denouement would stick with us long after the film's pop-cultural moment had passed. Of the film's three lead actors, Leonard has undoubtedly enjoyed the greatest run of Hollywood success post-Blair Witch, though it's worth noting that his career didn't really begin to heat »
- Chris Eggertsen
Even before being tapped as director of the new “Blair Witch” sequel, Adam Wingard had already earned respect as one of the top helmers in the horror genre with films like the “V/H/S” series and “You’re Next.”
With “Blair Witch,” Wingard has taken on his first franchise after years of delivering original material, with hopes that fans of the 1999 box office sensation, as well as brand-new filmgoers, show up to theaters. Prior to its opening, Wingard spoke with Variety about the film, including how the filmmakers were able to keep the project secret for so long. Caution: There may be minor spoilers ahead.
After several original projects, why did you want to make “Blair Witch” your first branded property?
(Screenwriter) Simon (Barrett) and I had been talking for a couple of years, after doing “You’re Next,” “The Guest,” and even “A Hard Way to Die,” and »
- Justin Kroll
Daniel Myrick, Director Myrick worked on a few shorts and a documentary about the Blair Witch after the film’s release and is currently in post-production for “Under the Bed,” a story of where a stalker took up residence under the bed of his target. In 2006, he co-founded a direct to DVD division of Warner Home Video that specializes in horror films. Eduardo Sanchez, Director Like Myrick, he worked on several shorts and the documentary about the Blair Witch, and then worked on TV series like “Intruders” and “Supernatural.” He is in pre-production for “Griffin’s Ghost” and just announced his new project titled. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
The horror sequel “Blair Witch” opened with a moderate $765,000 at more than 2,300 U.S. locations on Thursday night.
Open Road’s biopic “Snowden” rolled out with $390,000 on Thursday night and “Bridget Jones’s Baby” also launched to a modest sum of $364,000 in Thursday night shows in 2,208 theaters with showings that began at 7 p.m.
Lionsgate’s “Blair Witch” has the best prospects of topping the second weekend of Tom Hanks’ “Sully” with recent projections at as much as $23 million at 3,121 locations in what’s expected to be a tight contest. Lionsgate has been forecasting a launch in the $16 million to $18 million range for “Blair Witch,” which carries a budget of well under $10 million.
“Sully” has taken in $45.7 million in its first six days and carries plenty of strong word of mouth, having generated an A CinemaScore on its opening weekend.
Universal’s romantic comedy sequel “Bridget Jones’s Baby” is »
- Dave McNary
Director Adam Wingard’s surprise sequel Blair Witch is terrifying and something of a rebirth for the found footage format. It’s a welcome surprise and an excellent continuation of the lore established in the original Blair Witch Project. In this interview, writer Simon Barrett goes into detail about his own love for Blair Witch, his writing process and influences.
I loved the film. It really feels like the right time to be bringing ‘Blair Witch’ back. How did the project materialise? Did you approach Lionsgate with a take on it with Adam (Wingard- Director), or did they come to you?
Sb: To be honest, we had so little idea as to who even owned the rights to The Blair Witch Project that in the »
- Mark Bartlett
It’s scary walking in the foot prints of a legend. It’s not an easy task to try to tackle a sequel to one of the most iconic horror films ever made. Scratch that – one of the most iconic films ever made, period. You will never be able to catch the magic of the original. It was a once in a lifetime thing. It was an event. It was one of the first films to fully utilize the strength and broad reach of the internet (still in its infancy) to create a buzz that we now associate as viral marketing. I remember seeing the poster in the lobby of the theater one night and immediately going on the computer the next day to search what happened to these kids. Reading about these kids that disappeared and how their footage was found a year later sparked a level of intrigue »
- Michael Haffner
I carry mixed feelings towards 1999’s “The Blair Witch Project.”
Much like 2009’s “Paranormal Activity,” I respect the craft, ingenuity, and low-budget dedication found throughout the $60,000 production. I like how it sparked viral marketing as we know it today, and I also ultimately appreciate its longstanding contribution to not merely the horror genre, but film in general, and I recognize and often admire the commitment given by directors Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick, as well as actors Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard and Michael C.
Continue reading ‘Blair Witch’ Can’t Capture The Mystique Of The Original [Review] at The Playlist. »
- Will Ashton
When The Blair Witch Project opened in the summer of 1999, filmmakers Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez got their $60,000 indie noticed by bleeding fiction into fact. Playing on viewers’ morbid curiosity, they listed their unknown actors as “missing, presumed dead” on IMDb, handed out missing-persons flyers at film festivals, and featured fake police reports... American Horror Story Goes Full-On Blair Witch In Its Roanoke Nightmare">Read more » »
- Inkoo Kang
It sort of took us all by surprise. Fans of Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett (who directed and wrote the tremendous You’re Next and even better The Guest) were waiting patiently for their next outing The Woods, and then at this year’s San Diego Comic Con it was shockingly announced it was in fact a sequel to 1999’s The Blair Witch Project. All of a sudden, The Woods went from being a must-see for fans of Wingard and Barrett, to a must-see for the entire horror community and general lovers of film.
However this did spark some theories. I myself theorised on the Flickering Myth Podcast that this was a last minute decision, just like 10 Cloverfield Lane was earlier this year changed from a standalone movie to a Cloverfield sequel. Perhaps Lionsgate looked at »
- Luke Owen
The Blair Witch is back. The follow-up film to 1999's The Blair Witch Project is here, giving us even more insight into the legendary entity that haunts the Black Hills Forest near Burkittsville, MD. Before we head into this new and uncharted territory in the woods, it's important to go back to the story's roots, so to speak. What makes The Blair Witch Project so great? How did it carve out a space in horror movie history? The answer isn't as simple as you might think. The First of Its Kind, in More Ways Than One The Blair Witch Project revolutionized the horror genre. It may not have been the first found-footage movie ever - that title goes to 1980's Cannibal Holocaust - but it's arguably the first one to present "found footage" in such a compelling way. The Blair Witch Project stitched together a film so chilling that it »
- Ryan Roschke
The new Blair Witch is looking at a gross in the "mid-teens" this weekend, according to Deadline, which would make the $5 million film a hit -- just not in the way the 1999 original was. As Adam Wingard's horror sequel looks to finish neck-and-neck with the Tom Hanks/Clint Eastwood prestige film Sully this weekend, it's worth noting that in June 1999, The Blair Witch Project delivered on the internet-driven hype to gross over $40 million in its opening weekend. That was a massive haul for the $60,000 found-footage pioneer, which finished its run with over $140 million domestic and nearly $250 million worldwide. In short: even if the new Blair Witch finishes at the high end of expectations this weekend, it'll still only bring in about half as much as the original; which certainly doesn't make it a failure. It simply demonstrates what a rare phenomenon Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick's out-of-nowhere scare classic was. »
- Chris Eggertsen
MaryAnn’s quick take…
An entirely superfluous attempt to recapture the magic of the original film. A remake masquerading as a sequel that goes nowhere and has nothing new to say. I’m “biast” (pro): liked the first film…
I’m “biast” (con): …but found footage is over
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Gather round, kiddies, and hear the tale of The Blair Witch Project. Oh, not the story in the film but the story of the film.
Way back in the 20th century — 1999, to be precise — a couple of indie filmmakers called Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez came up with the truly brilliant idea to make a movie on an ultra-low budget by giving cameras to three actors and setting them loose in the Maryland woods to improvise a “documentary” around an invented backstory about a search for the “true” story of a legendary local witch. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The opening of horror sequel “Blair Witch” has the best prospects of topping the second weekend of Tom Hanks’ “Sully” with as much as $23 million this weekend in more than 3,000 theaters — though it could be a tight contest.
Universal’s romantic comedy sequel “Bridget Jones’s Baby” is also launching with expectations in the $12 million to $16 million range at 2,920 sites. Open Road’s biopic “Snowden” will debut with forecasts in the $8 million to $10 million range.
And Warner Bros.’ “Sully,” which overperformed with $35 million on its opening weekend, may show enough staying power to lead the pack, given its appeal to older moviegoers. Hanks’ “Captain Phillips” declined just 36% in its second weekend in 2012 and his “Bridge of Spies” decreased only 26% in its second frame.
Lionsgate is forecasting that the third film in the “Blair Witch” franchise will finish in the $15 million to $18 million range, but rivals are predicting significantly higher numbers, »
- Dave McNary
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