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Just when you thought the found-footage horror subgenre was starting to die, As Above/So Below doubles down on it. In so doing, it also demonstrates some of the fundamental limitations of the subgenre. It may even remind you, by way of counterexample, why such films took hold in the first place. Afterwards, I thought fondly back to The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity, and [Rec], wondering what they did so right that As Above, So Below so, so doesn’t.The setup has promise: Scarlett (Perdita Weeks), a young, beautiful urban archeologist, enlists the aid of a handsome old flame, George (Ben Feldman), and a trio of French adventurers to go down into the Paris catacombs on a quest to find the Philosopher’s Stone. Said stone, if you recall your Harry Potter, is a magic rock that was supposedly used in the practice of alchemy. Scarlett’s own father »
- Bilge Ebiri
If you gain pleasure from beating yourself up for 90 minutes, have I got a movie for you! It's been 15 years since The Blair Witch Project, yet filmmakers still insist upon employing found-footage techniques as though they represent an entirely new way of telling a story, as though audiences have not already been pummeled into submission by highly-trained professional filmmakers struggling to pretend they have never made a movie before. For reasons that I cannot fathom, John Erick Dowdle's As Above/So Below represents a bizarre regression in his directing career. Though I have yet to catch up with Dowdle's debut film, Poughkeepsie Diaries, I felt that his sophomore feature, a remake of the exceptional Spanish thriller [Rec] entitled Quarantine (2008), was an above-average horror...
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I love reading, especially when it deals with horror, sci-fi, or the people who have created some of my favorite films. It’s always fun to read the stories of what went right, what went wrong and everything in between on films that you dig, and when books like that come out, we like to send the info your way, so you fright fanatics can enjoy it too! Hitting stores September 15th via NorLights Press, Christopher Vander Kaay and Kathleen Fernandez-Vander Kaay’s The Anatomy of Fear:Conversations with Cult Horror and Science-Fiction Filmmakers features in depth interviews with 21 writers/ directors and special effects technicians, all revealing some great stories about the films they’re responsible. Ranging from Near Dark/The Hitcher screenwriter Eric Red and Leatherface: TCM III director Jeff Burr all the way to The Blair Witch Project director Eduardo Sanchez and actor/director/producer Larry Fessenden, The »
- Jerry Smith
Eduardo Sánchez made an indelible mark in 1999 with his first film, “The Blair Witch Project.” Since then, his resume’s been spotted with sporadic contributions to the horror genre, none of which have made anything near as strong an impression as his debut work. This October, Sánchez hopes to rekindle the fear, as well as the box office success, that 'Blair Witch' stirred up with a return to the style he was instrumental in popularizing. “Exists” follows five young people into the woods, where instead of a witch, they encounter Sasquatch. Here’s the official synopsis: 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. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed—something not exactly human, »
- Zach Hollwedel
There may be no other genre of film that juggles trends as often and openly as horror. One decade it’s the slasher; one decade it’s the ghost story; the next it’s found footage. The door does and will continue to revolve. That’s not going to change.
Fortunately for fans of this diabolical branch of celluloid, every now and then those shifts come on the heels of a landscape-altering production or the birth of a franchise destined to change the way we view film. We’ve seen movies evolve so much in the last 80-plus years it’s insane.
It’s almost hard to grasp, but it happens. And it often takes career-defining projects and game-changing films to make the shift a reality. Here are 15 horror franchises that enhanced or completely altered the face of horror as we know it.
Ridley Scott’s greatest achievement, »
- Matt Molgaard
Bobcat Goldthwait's Willow Creek was released not long ago, but should your appetite for found-footage Bigfoot movies not yet have been sated, here comes another one. Exists is the latest work of The Blair Witch Project's Eduardo Sanchez, and a new trailer has just arrived. Anyone who caught Exists at FrightFest over the weekend will notice that the first 30 seconds or so of that clip isn't actually in the finished film. So that's one for the next round of Trailer Cheats. But otherwise it's a decent primer for a film that starts off in pretty conventional cabin-in-the-woods territory but quickly gets far more intense and interesting."I’ve wanted to make a Bigfoot movie since I was a little kid," Sanchez told Empire just after the release of his excellent Lovely Molly. "I’ve always been curious about the way Bigfoot has kind of turned into a comic character now. »
I.m a total horror movie apologist. If a filmmaker can shoehorn in a few legitimate scares at some point across the hour-and-forty-minute runtime, I.ll probably find a way to defend the movie. I just can.t help myself, which is why you should probably take the following sentence with a grain of salt: I am pumped up about this new Bigfoot movie! Directed by Eduardo Sanchez, who is best known for giving the world The Blair Witch Project, Exists follows a group of friends who venture out into the woods to sleep in a strange cabin, of course. They bring cameras, of course, and begin encountering some things that go bump in the night, of course. More specifically, they encounter one thing that goes bump in the night: the not so mythical Sasquatch, who may or may not be the same guy who starred in those hysterical beef »
“The director of The Blair Witch Project takes you back to the woods” in the first trailer for Exists. Eduardo Sánchez returns to found footage, the genre that kicked off his career. The film follows five friends on an excursion in the woods, but their hopes of sex and drug filled vacation are dashed when they encounter a very unhappy sasquatch. Though not even the first found footage bigfoot movie this year, the film looks like it could be a fun ride. Sánchez’s last go-around with found footage was the A Ride in the Park segment in V/H/S/2, but this marks his first found footage feature since Blair Witch in 1999. Since his debut he’s directed several horror films including the atmospheric Lovely Molly in 2012. Check out the trailer for Exists below and see the film when it is released in theater and iTunes on October 24th. »
- Max Molinaro
Movies about Bigfoot are all the rage these days, and we’ve got a brand-new trailer for the latest Sasquatch-ploitation epic, Eduardo Sanchez’s Exists. Sanchez, who codirected The Blair Witch Project, takes a group of young adults to an isolated cabin in the woods in his latest effort. The difference is that these kids don’t encounter evil spirits or a bunch of spooky sticks hanging in trees – instead, they run afoul of Bigfoot himself. Here’s the official plot breakdown: “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. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of...
- Mike Bracken
1999′s The Blair Witch Project wasn’t the first film ever to utilize the found-footage format, but it definitely went a long way toward popularizing it. Since then we’ve had more found-footage horror movies can we can count, and it’s only very recently that the trend has shown any sign of slowing down. All of which […]
The post ‘Exists’ Trailer: ‘Blair Witch’ Director’s Bigfoot Found Footage Movie appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
This week we've already gotten one final extended red band trailer for this week's release of As Above, So Below and the first trailer for the Bigfoot horror thriller Exists from The Blair Witch Project director Eduardo Sanchez. Now we have another found footage horror trailer arriving for The Pyramid, a new film from 20th Century Fox arriving in theaters this winter. Similar to As Above, So Below, this one follows a group of archaeologists exploring a pyramid once thought lost in the middle of the Egyptian desert. And as you would expect, they find something terrifying inside that begins haunting and hunting them. Watch it! Here's the first trailer for Grégory Levasseur's The Pyramid, originally from Apple: The ancient wonders of the world have long cursed explorers who've dared to uncover their secrets. But a team of U.S. archaeologists gets more than they bargained for when they »
- Ethan Anderton
Lionsgate have unveiled the new trailer for director Eduardo Sanchez's ('The Blair Witch Project') new horror 'Exists'. The project is the latest found footage feature to revolve around the legendary woodland beast Bigfoot and let's hope Eduardo's experience with shaky cameras and people running around in the woods screaming will make this stand out a little more. 'Exists' stars Dora Madison Burge, Samuel Davis, Roger Edwards, Chris Osborn, Denise Williamson and Brian Steele and 'is set to open in theaters and on VOD on 24 October. Head below for the trailer. »
Can you believe it’s been 15 years since The Blair Witch Project – Fifteen! In that time, horror/thrillers have been reinvented with countless found-footage films and director Eduardo Sanchez, the man who helped kickstart it all, is back with Bigfoot horror, Exists.
As they always do, a group of friends venture into the remote Texas woods for a party weekend at their family hut but when they get there, everything isn’t as it should be. As they start to film their day-to-day events and try to make best of what they’ve got, they find themselves stalked by something huge and mysterious…Bigfoot.
Written by Jamie Nash who also wrote Lovely Molly – not one of my all-time favourites but unforgettable for messed-up reasons – this does look like a lot more intense fun, in that deeply rooted psychological horror way and The Blair Witch Project ethos embedded through it, if »
- Dan Bullock
Found footage Bigfoot movies must be a genre I never knew existed, since two movies on the subject have come along within a short time of each other. First up was Bobcat Goldthwait's Willow Creek, and now we have Exists, from The Blair Witch Project co-director Eduardo Sanchez. While the Bigfoot factor is new and different, everything else in the below trailer seems pretty generic, especially the plot of a group of young people going to a cabin in the woods only to party, only to end up fighting for their lives. Check out the trailer below. Released: October 24th »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Sánchez is best known for co-directing the found footage movie that kicked off a new style of filmmaking and though he's continued to work since The Blair Witch Project's release 15 years ago, he hasn't managed to meet the same amount of success as his debut. Now he's at it again, with more found footage, and this time tackling Big Foot.
I really liked Goldthwait's movie and must admit I'm not really interested in another take on the subject, especially one with a similar [Continued ...] »
Brian sets up cameras around his friend’s cabin with hopes of recording Bigfoot in action, but he probably doesn’t expect those same lenses to capture his friends’ potential final moments, as this beast does not come in peace. In Exists, Eduardo Sanchez, co-director of The Blair Witch Project, heads back into the woods, and the film’s first trailer shows a Bigfoot that’s not skittish in the slightest.
Lionsgate will release Exists to select theaters and VOD platforms on October 24th:
“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. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed—something not exactly human, but not completely animal— an urban legend come to terrifying life… »
- Derek Anderson
Poor old Sasquatch – he’s become a figure of fun. Between beef jerky commercials that celebrate screwing with the big guy’s head, and bad television shows about idiots who think they can hunt him down, Sasquatch just doesn’t get much respect any more. Now, however, he’s going to be taking some righteous vengeance in his very own found-footage horror film, Exists.
Judging by this newly released trailer, the film pushes all the usual generic buttons: a group of 20-somethings hit the road with a camera for some alone time in a creepy cabin in the woods. There is puerile sex (isn’t it funny when two girls kiss?), and some old-fashioned jiggly camera thrown in for good measure. Then, of course, all hell breaks loose when Mr. Squatch himself puts in an appearance and ruins the party.
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Several new trailers of note today. Legendary is making one last marketing push on its R-rated, Paris Catacombs-set, found footage horror tale "As Above, So Below" with a new restricted trailer going online ahead of the film's debut on Friday.
Speaking of found footage horror, the trailer is out for "The Blair Witch Project" co-director Eduardo Sanchez's Sasquatch movie "Exists" which hits VOD on October 24th. The film won the SXSW Midnighters Audience Award earlier this year and follows a group of friends camping in the Texas Big Thicket when they come under attack.
A new international trailer for Sundance winner "Whiplash" has gone online and features some of the least nasty cursing that J.K. Simmons' music teacher spits out to a young drummer (Miles Teller) in the film.
Finally there's a new international trailer for "Far From Men," the 1950s Algeria-set tale starring Viggo Mortensen as a »
- Garth Franklin
Lionsgate has dropped the official trailer for Ed Sanchez's (The Blair Witch Project) new Bigfoot film, Exists, which will be arriving on various VOD platforms and in limited theaters on October 24th. Check it out!
In Bigfoot’s bold return to the big screen, five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of East Texas struggle to survive against a legendary predator that is stronger, smarter, and more terrifying than anything they would have ever believed exists.
Related Story: Four New Stills Exist for Exists
The film stars Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Samuel Davis, Denise Williamson, and Brian Steele and is produced by Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky, Robin Cowie, and J. Andrew Jenkins. Exists, written by Jamie Nash, is executive produced by George Waud, D. Todd Shepherd, Gregg Hale, and Reed Frerichs, and the Sasquatch creature was designed by Spectral Motion.
For five friends, »
- Steve Barton
Okay, so the headline is a bit of a lie, at least when it comes to the trailer for the new found footage, Bigfoot horror film Exists from The Blair Witch Project co-director Eduardo Sanchez. But it's not a lie when it comes to the film's poster, which features a car killed by an uprooted tree. Exists, which is coming to theaters and iTunes on October 24, finds five friends on a weekend of camping in the Texas when they find out their uncle's cabin is a piece of sh*t and Bigfoot is stalking them. Found footage mayhem ensues, all captured in plenty of night vision. The cast -- Dora Madison Burge, Samuel Davis, Roger Edwards, Chris Osborn, Brian Steele, Denise Williamson -- is all newcomers, but that doesn't mean this won't be any good. Sanchez delivered the goods with Blair Witch and has since had a small-ish career, most »
- Brad Brevet
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