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Full disclosure: I’ve only seen The Blair Witch Project once, and that was when it was first released. The film scared the living hell out of me, and though it would probably do nothing to me these days, a full 15-years later, I still haven’t had the nerve to revisit it. Well, a lot of people have revisited it, and it remains a horror classic, and Lionsgate wants to give one lucky reader a free digital copy of the found footage classic! The folks at Lionsgate have created a horror app devoted to their horror roster, so check it out and by all means, enter the contest to win!
Relive the horror classic! The Blair Witch Project follows a trio of filmmakers on what should have been a simple walk in the woods, but quickly becomes an excursion into heart-stopping terror.
Or dive into a new horror »
- Jerry Smith
Exists is a Bigfoot movie. Or if you prefer a Sasquatch movie. Or maybe we can go with Hairy Bill (one of the Bigfoot nicknames in the great state of Texas where the film was shot and the story takes place). Which one is politically correct Enquiring beasts want to know Eduardo Sanchez of The Blair Witch Project fame is treading some similar territory with his new horror film. Weve got found footage a heavily wooded area which gets our characters semilost and several very exciting and scary sequences (though none of it can top The Blair Witch Project). »
Lionsgate and Digital Media Management have teamed up to create a unique interactive adventure on Tumblr to promote “Exists,” a found-footage creature feature from director Eduardo Sanchez (“The Blair Witch Project”). The experience allows users to interact with the movie's characters and determine which direction the story takes by giving them different scenarios and choices at each turn, making it challenging for users to find their way to safety. Each choice includes a piece of rebloggable content — such as GIFs, videos and images — enabling fans to share their chosen path with their own followers, further promoting the film's content »
- Jeff Sneider
Relive the horror classic The Blair Witch Project follows a trio of filmmakers on what should have been a simple walk in the woods but quickly becomes an excursion into heartstopping terror. Or dive into a new horror experience from the director of The Blair Witch Project comes Exists for five friends it was a chance for a summer getaway a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. »
With Halloween almost upon us, here are ten fantastic minimalist poster paying tribute to some of our favorite horror movies. The question is, can you guess what movies they all belong too? The poster art comes from HalloweenCostumes.com, where they have computer wallpapers, phone backgrounds, and 11 x 17 sized pdfs for you to print these out at home if you want. I've included the answers at the very bottom.
The Ring »
- Joey Paur
Deep in stark woodland at the base of Mount Fuji, restless whispers echo as the light fades on a mid-winter afternoon. Here, amongst a maze of roots, a lone figure takes her life, binding her body to the branches and her spirit to the undergrowth.
Years later, Miko and her college friends head into Suicide Forest. Miko yearns to abide a Halloween ritual steeped in demonic tradition which will release her mother’s trapped soul. Filming their journey amongst the shadows, strange things start to happen; angry murmurs and sightings of ghosts warn there are those who do not want them there. Suddenly, the path to life is barricaded by the dead who have nothing to lose…
To celebrate Grave Halloween (pictured above) being released on DVD on 27th October, we’ve decided to explore other iconic woodland horror films.
The Blair Witch Project follows three »
- Phil Wheat
The 13th year of Fright Nights at Thorpe Park in Chertsey in well underway. And as hardened veterans, the Fright Night crew have pulled together their ten top tips for you to ensure your visit is truly 'scare-mazing'. Each night features 5 live action horror mazes that includes the disorientating 'Cabin in the Woods', the abandoned miner's tunnel in 'My Bloody Valentine', the wooded horrors of 'The Blair Witch Project', the terrifying 'Saw' Alive maze and finally the new twisted 'Studio 13'. Tickets are still available which you can book below. »
Fifteen years after “The Blair Witch Project,” co-director Eduardo Sanchez makes a lackluster return to found-footage horror with the Bigfoot thriller “Exists.” Eschewing the painfully slow-burning suspense and pseudo-realism that helped make “Blair Witch” a sleeper smash and genre touchstone, Sanchez’s thoroughly conventional approach here does little to elevate a dismally generic script from frequent collaborator Jamie Nash. Although “Exists” somehow managed to land an audience award at this year’s SXSW fest, the day-and-date VOD and limited theatrical release will look more at home as filler on basic-cable genre channels.
It would be a stretch to call any of the walking targets in “Exists” a proper character, but YouTube-obsessed Brian (Chris Osborn) nearly fits the bill. Never without a piece of recording equipment on hand or strapped to his body, the insufferable dudebro embarks on a trek into the East Texas woods with sibling Matt (Samuel Davis); Matt’s girlfriend, »
- Geoff Berkshire
The Pictures Got Small: Sanchez Unwisely Revisits Found Footage
The co-director of 1999’s The Blair Witch Project, Eduardo Sanchez, returns to the fold of the found footage genre with Exists, replacing witches with Bigfoot, and a gaggle of clichéd ignoramuses that fail to stand out as anything other than slightly typified personalities. The fact that Sanchez’s film plays like one more forgettable entry in a cost effective indie genre is of significant note considering it was his original success that spawned a whole generation of mimicry, which he’s now become a part of himself. With nary an original flourish in its little brain, despite some fleeting moments of genuine creepiness, the distraction of its mechanics work as resolutely against its effectiveness like a majority of all films in this vein, wherein cameras stay indefatigably in action no matter the dangers faced, and obvious editing and musical cues interfere »
- Nicholas Bell
Reviewed by Kevin Scott
Written by: Earl E. Smith
Directed by: Charles B. Pierce
Cast: Ben Johnson (Capt. J.D. Morales), Andrew Prine (Deputy Norman Ramsey), Dawn Wells (Helen Reed), Charles B. Pierce (Patrolman A.C. Benson), Robert Aquino (Sherriff Otis Barker), Jimmy Clem (Sgt. Mal Griffin), Jim Citty (Police Chief R.J. Sullivan), Cindy Butler (Peggy Loomis)
If I had seen this film, it’s been a fleeting memory, and my recollections of it were sketchy to non-existent. I had to watch it when I saw it on Netflix. This happens to be one of the granddaddy’s of the slasher film genre when there was no genre at all. At this particular point in 1976, there was only one other, and that was “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”. No “Halloween” yet, and “Friday the 13th” was even further down the line. My expectations »
Chicago – Director Eduardo Sánchez has found one bizarre way to commemorate the rogue nature of his horror film “The Blair Witch Project” for its 15-year-anniversary - by crafting an analogously lesser movie with the very rulebook he defied in 1999. In turn, his new Bigfoot found footage film “Exists” becomes a minimal horror project for the GoPro camera era that doesn’t have much of a life of its own outside of its “Blair Witch Project” context.
The text from the very beginning of the “Exists” clues audiences into the number of recorded sightings regarding Bigfoot, a statistic that could be as fudged as when “Blair Witch Project” actor Joshua Leonard was reported as “missing, presumed dead” on his IMDb page. Sanchez has a generic batch of attractive and camera-savvy twenty-somethings (Dora Madison Burge, Denise Williamson, Roger Edwards, Samuel Davis, Chris Osborn) encounter this woods creature pretty quickly in the movie, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
It may be more true in horror than in any other genre that certain subgenres ebb and flow in popularity over time. Vampires were hot in the mid-’90s when you had Interview with the Vampire, From Dusk Till Dawn, Blade and the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Then, vampires sat out of popular discourse for the next ten years or so, until the double whammy of Twilight and True Blood hitting in 2008, causing a tidal wave of vampiric fiction from the arty (Only Lovers Left Alive, Byzantium) to the schlocky (Dracula Untold, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter) that hasn’t slowed down since.
Witches are now in the middle of an uncertain period, neither in ebb or flow. When Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages was released in 1922, witchcraft and the occult were still deeply feared in modern society. In the decades that followed, interest waned and they became more »
- Jake Pitre
1999 seems so far away now. At the fag end of the millennium, it was the year that gave us Stanley Kubrick's posthumous final opus, Britney Spears's first album and Hugh Grant playing the iconic Time Lord in a Doctor Who Comic Relief special. That wretched song 'Blue' by Eiffel 65 was violating our ears. It also saw a micro-budget (reportedly $35k) film creep into UK cinemas on October 22 and change the horror genre forever. The debate rages on whether that was for better or worse.
The Blair Witch Project's financial rewards were huge, with the film grossing $10,931 for every $1 spent according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Yet its cultural impact was arguably more staggering. In an age when the Internet was in its mass-market infancy and mobile phones were a luxury bearing the game Snake, it was felt that the horror genre had nothing new »
While it comes across as rather unthreatening, the grainy, super 8 footage of the unidentified subject also known as “Bigfoot” shot way back in 1967 is legend because it is perpetually shrouded in mystery. The found footage subgenre is perhaps one of the better formulas for tapping into the fear of the unknown, and filmmaker Eduardo Sanchez who gave us The Blair Witch Project certainly can attest the strengths of the aesthetic and narrative strategy. Landing at this year’s SXSW, Sanchez’s fifth feature Exists (Lionsgate – October 24th) which drops in select theaters and On Demand this Friday, the clip below reminds us that it’s not all fun and games when you’re in the backwoods.
- Eric Lavallee
See if horror truly ‘Exists’ in director Eduardo Sanchez’s upcoming film, which will released in select theaters and On Demand on Friday by Lionsgate. In honor of the new movie from the helmer, who helped shape the present tone and nature of the genre with his 1999 directorial debut, ‘The Blair Witch Project,’ the distributor is holding a special screening tomorrow night in Los Angeles. The event, which will start at 7pm, will be followed by a Q&A with Sanchez. Fans can experience the filmmaker’s latest movie by entering a ticket giveaway. To attend tomorrow night’s screening and Q&A with Sanchez in La, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners will be notified with [ Read More ]
The post See if Horror Truly Exists in Ticket Giveaway For La Screening and Filmmaker Q&A appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Karen Benardello
The Blair Witch Project celebrates its 15th anniversary in the UK today (October 22).
The Blair Witch Project 15 years on: The horror movie that changed everything
It became the first of its kind in Hollywood due to its commercial success and viral online campaign, which was created to make the production look like a real documentary. The Blair Witch website with details on the made-up mythology still exists.
And the clever campaign worked on some gullible and vulnerable viewers. We remember witnessing real tears of fear being shed by some audience members in the cinema (and definitely not ours...).
It purports to be a documentary shot by three inquisitive, daring, and at times daft students investigating the local Blair Witch legend in the Maryland forest. »
It's difficult to fathom how a found-footage saga from The Blair Witch Project director Eduardo Sánchez about kids being pursued in the woods by Bigfoot isn't a parody. Yet against all good sense, Exists plays its material straight, possibly proving itself the year's most laughably derivative and dreary film. At a remote East Texas cabin, three featureless guys and two nondescript girls are hunted by the famed Sasquatch, who moans and wails off in the distance, all while one of the men documents everything on a camcorder that he's incapable of holding steady, and with which he utterly fails to capture the legendary monster for more than a blurry split second. Given its resemblance to Blair Witch, the action — which involve lots of scream »
Sometimes on super-teams, things just don’t work out. For instance, did you know that the Hulk was only on The Avengers for the first couple of issues of the comic. In this week’s Scorpion, we meet Mark Collins, who seems to have a lot in common with the Hulk: he’s mean, he’s angry, he’s kind of a jerk, and he made kind of a big mess that our heroes have to clean up. Collins is clearly unbalanced, and we know this because all the team members – save Walter – tell Paige that he’s pretty unbalanced. Worse still, his proximity to Walter makes Scorpion’s fearless leader unbalanced as well. So, we have all these inter-personal conflicts in team dynamics, and a nuclear core in meltdown. What can possibly go wrong?
Collins is played by Joshua Leonard, who will likely remain best known to audiences for »
- Adam A. Donaldson
Plot: Five friends travel to an isolated area of the woods rumored to be lorded over by Bigfoot. Using dozens of cameras to document their experience, the group finds out the the legendary creature is all too real. Review: For a horror geek, there's something undeniably cool about seeing Eduardo Sanchez - co-director of The Blair Witch Project - wander back into the forest for a different kind of lost-in-the-woods thriller, presumably to show all of these found-footage pretenders how it's »
- Eric Walkuski
With Halloween fast approaching, EW is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. Each day, we'll post our top picks from specific group—say, vampire movies or slasher flicks—and give you the chance to vote on which is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices. Today, we're kicking things off with demons. To the nonbelievers, demons are kind of funny—all horns and red faces, too unrealistic to provoke real scares. Then a legitimately terrifying, devil-centric movie—say, Paranormal Activity—comes along...and suddenly demons aren't so silly anymore. A »
- Ariana Bacle
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