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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, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (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 email@example.com. Winners will be notified with [ Read More ]
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- 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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With Halloween around the corner, we're counting down the days by posting five fun facts about our favorite fright flicks. Today's feature film is "The Blair Witch Project" (1999). Crazy to think it's been 15 years since this one came out, right? While found footage horror films are the norm these days, this is the one that started it all.Stars Heather O'Donohue, Joshua Leonard and Michael C. Williams actually reunited earlier this year at the Texas Frightmare convention back in May. That's all three of them with a member of the press below ... click here to hear their interview with OneOfUs.net.O.K., let's dig in! 1. The 3 actors, Joshua, Heather and Michael, were only given a 35-page outline of the plot before shooting began. They improvised their lines and most of the on-camera events were surprises to them.2. When Heather O'Donohue screams “What the f**k is that?”, she's actually »
- tooFab Staff
Dear fellow "Walking Dead" fans, I have a surprising confession: I do not like blood and guts, or horror in general. As a child, I was afraid of "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" I once sat by myself in a corner, listening to my Walkman, rather than watch "The Blair Witch Project" during a middle school sleepover. And yet, for whatever reason, I find myself coming back to "The Walking Dead" year after year, despite the graphic gore that greets me each and every week. I'll admit that I still cover my eyes and look away from the screen multiple times per episode (yes, I am a huge wuss), but, for the most part, I can tolerate the terror.
But this week I may have reached my limit, guys. That searing image of Bob's foot roasting on the fire actually made me shriek in disgust. I've stood by "The Walking Dead »
- Katie Roberts
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes new details on Found Footage 3D and Mania, photos from Refuge and a poster from Fetish Factory, release dates announced for Skypemare, Soulmate, and The Inside, a trailer for When Black Birds Fly and Zombie Hood, and more:
New Details on Found Footage 3D: “…the producers of upcoming horror film Found Footage 3D announced the launch of their Indiegogo campaign to obtain additional funding for post-production and marketing expenses.
Produced by Kim Henkel, co-creator of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Found Footage 3D tells the story of a group of filmmakers who set out to make “the first 3D found-footage horror film,” but find themselves in a found-footage horror film when the evil entity from their movie escapes into their behind-the-scenes footage.
“What Scream did for slasher films, »
- Tamika Jones
The Digital Era: Real-time Films From 2000 To Today
40 years before, in 1960, lighter cameras enabled a cinéma vérité-flavored revolution in street realism. By 2000, new digital cameras suggested a whole new set of promises, including telling stories that would have been unimaginable within minimum budgets for features even ten years before. In 2000, film purists warned that digital still didn’t look as good as celluloid, but that didn’t stop at least three innovative filmmakers from boldly going where no filmmaker had gone before. Mike Figgis’ Timecode (2000) was the first star-supported (Salma Hayek, Stellan Skarsgard, Holly Hunter, among many others) single-shot project since Rope, underlining that earlier film’s timelessness. If Run Lola Run could do one story three times, then Timecode would do three or four stories one time: the movie is four separate ninety-minute shots shown all at the same time, each in one quadrant of the screen. Where do you look? »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
One of the greatest things about The Blair Witch Project was its simplicity. There were no big special effects and there was hardly any blood. The finale of the film simply featured a guy standing in the corner of a basement, and it was the most terrifying thing ever. I remember when I first saw the film the chills that it sent down my spine were intense. It was brilliantly effective filmmaking.
It's kind of funny to hear now that when Artisan Entertainment got a hold of the movie back in the late 1990s, the first thing that they wanted to change was that ending, which would have been a terrible mistake! During an interview with Bloody Disgusting at Denver’s Mile High Horror Film Festival, Blair Witch directors Dan Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez revealed what all went down. The article doesn't specify who said the following, but here's what thy revealed:
- Joey Paur
Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying that The Blair Witch Project changed everything. From the way it was directed to the way it was marketed and absorbed into the culture, there hadn’t been a film that big and that groundbreaking in a very, very long time. And there hasn’t been since, really. Besides perhaps Saw, […] »
- Patrick Cooper
The very end of The Blair Witch Project is one of the best finales in modern horror. There's no gore, there's no CGI, and there's no monster: you just see a guy standing in a corner, and it's the most terrifying thing ever. Its genius comes from the mix of simplicity and subtle setup, and it's incredibly effective. So, naturally, when Artisan Entertainment got a hold of the movie all the way back in the late 1990s, it was the first thing that they wanted to change. This bit of trivia was recently revealed by directors Dan Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez, who recently attended the Denver.s Mile High Horror Film Festival and took the time to sit down for an interview with Bloody Disgusting. Discussing the end of their debut feature film, they not only revealed that Artisan wanted to change the ending when they signed on as a »
Today, we have an exclusive photo to share with you. In addition to this, we have 5 pairs of tickets for a 7pm screening on October 23rd at an L.A. theater with director Sanchez (Lovely Molly, The Blair Witch Project) in attendance for a Q&A.
The post Exclusive Photo: Exists – Win Tickets to an L.A. Screening With the Director! appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
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