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‘The Blair Witch Project’ Prequel That Never Happened: How the Original Team Missed Their Window

‘The Blair Witch Project’ Prequel That Never Happened: How the Original Team Missed Their Window
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
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13 Days of Horror: 5 Freaky Facts About "The Blair Witch Project"

  • TooFab
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
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'Blair Witch Project' Cocreator Eduardo Sánchez Gives Us an Update on the Film's Legacy and a Potential New Sequel

The Blair Witch Project was such a phenomenon when it came out that no one really knew how to react to its success. Hollywood wasn't sure if it could replicate it, which is why you didn't see it get a new sequel every year. Not even cowriter/director Eduardo Sánchez had any real idea of what a post-Blair Witch career should look like for him. Sánchez stepped away from the industry for a few years, and as you can see from the below part of our interview with him, Blair Witch's success didn't necessarily make it easier for him within the studio system. So he opted to make more horror movies on his own using the money he made off of Blair Witch, and they're actually some of the better indie genre movies of the last decade. Altered, in...

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Danny Huston To Star In NBC’s Pilot ‘Salvation’, Adam Kaufman To Co-Star In ‘State Of Affairs’

Danny Huston (X Men Origins: Wolverine) is set for the male lead opposite Ashley Judd in NBC’s drama pilot Salvation, written by Elizabeth Heldens and directed by Jeffrey Reiner, while Adam Kaufman (Altered) has nabbed the male lead on another NBC pilot, Katherine Heigl-produced State Of Affairs. In Salvation, mega-church pastor Daniel Strickland suddenly dies, and his loyal wife, Jennifer Strickland (Judd), must rally to keep their family together and save the church. Huston, repped by ICM Partners, UK’s Julian Belfrage & Associates and attorney David Fox, will play Caleb, the lead pastor at a rival mega-church. He will next be seen in a 3-episode arc on Showtime’s Masters Of Sex. Drama pilot State Of Affairs stars Heigl as Charleston Whitney Tucker, a key CIA attaché who counsels the president on high-stakes incidents around the world. Kaufman, repped by Sdb Partners and Luber Roklin Entertainment, will play Lucas Wright,
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300 Sequel Slays, Fletch Lives, Marc Webb Promises Spidey's Story Trumps Villains, Ed Helms' Epic Fail, Bigfoot Exists

Box Office Spartans slayed the competition at the box office this weekend, with 300: Rise of an Empire taking in an estimated $45.1 million. Though the sequel, with Noam Murro at the helm in place of Zack Snyder, failed to match 300's opening numbers domestically, it outpaced the original overseas, raking in $87.8 million from 58 markets. Mr. Peabody & Sherman was yet another disappointment for DreamWorks Animation, opening in second with $32.5 million. The movie suffered from family-friendly competition like The Lego Movie, which placed #4 with an additional $10.8 million, and Frozen, which held at #8 with an additional $3 million. Last week's top movie, the Liam Neeson actioner Non-Stop, dropped to #3 with $15.8 million.

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Fletch Mystery writer Gregory McDonald's classic character, immortalized on screen by Chevy Chase in the 1985 comedy Fletch and its 1989 sequel Fletch Lives, is finally ready for his comeback. THR reports that Jason Sudeikis
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Eduardo Sánchez’s Exists Acquired by Lionsgate

Following a successful midnight screening at SXSW, Lionsgate announced that they’ve acquired North American distribution rights to Exists, a new bigfoot movie from The Blair Witch Project co-director Eduardo Sánchez:

Lionsgate (NYSE: Lgf) has acquired North American distribution rights to Exists, a new horror film from The Blair Witch Project director Eduardo Sánchez. The film played last night to a sold-out midnight screening at SXSW in Austin.

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.

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 is executive produced by George Waud,
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SXSW: Lionsgate Acquires Eduardo Sanchez Bigfoot Movie ‘Exists’

Hot off last night’s midnight premiere at SXSW, Lionsgate has acquired the North American distribution rights to the Bigfoot found footage movie Exists.

Exists follows a group of five friends as they struggle to fight off the Bigfoot during a camping trip in the remote Texas woods.

This is very cool news. I been tracking this project for a minute and can’t wait to check it out. For those not in the know Exists was directed by Eduardo Sanchez who co-directed The Blair Witch Project back in the day. Full press release below.

(Austin, TX & Santa Monica, CA, March 8, 2014) — Lionsgate (NYSE: Lgf) has acquired North American distribution rights to Exists, a new horror film from The Blair Witch Project director Eduardo Sánchez. The film played last night to a sold-out midnight screening at SXSW in Austin.

In Bigfoot’s bold return to the big screen, five friends on
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Halloweek: Horror Heavyweights Share Their Biggest Fears and Favorite Scary Movies!

With Halloween in the air, we thought it would be fun to reach out to the horror genre's biggest and brightest stars - both legends in the industry and up-and-coming superstars - to ask them two quick questions: What's your biggest fear, and what's your favorite scary movie? Read on for the results!

Some of the results will make you laugh. Some will make you shiver... and some, well some are just too funny for words. Sit back and get ready to hear from the likes of Anne Rice, John Carpenter, Robert Englund, the "Ghost Adventures" crew, cast members from "The Walking Dead," George A. Romero, and many - Many - more. Who knows? You may even find some new movies you should check out or at least revisit.

Let the scares begin!

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Jace Anderson

Writer - The Toolbox Murders (2004), Schism, Night of the Demons (2009), Mother of Tears

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Lots of blood, screaming, and bright lights in this red-band trailer for V/H/S/2

  • JoBlo
If you're into bloody horror anthologies and found footage features then V/H/S/2 is made to order just for you. The pic features a nice round-up of genre filmmakers including Gareth Evans (The Raid: Redemption), Simon Barrett (V/H/S), Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun), Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project), Adam Wingard (you're Next), Gregg Hale (Altered), and Timo Tjahjanto (The ABC's Of Death). That's a pretty good selection of talent for a...
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Blu-ray Review: Lovely Molly

Lovely Molly

Stars: Gretchen Lodge, Johnny Lewis, Alexandra Holden | Written by Eduardo Sanchez, Jamie Nash | Directed by Eduardo Sanchez

Known predominantly for the massive hit that was The Blair Witch Project (one of the highest-grossing independent films of all time no less), Eduardo Sanchez returns with what is his fourth directorial effort since that films groundbreaking debut and his best movie yet. Now I’ll admit I wasn’t a huge fan of Blair Witch, I enjoyed it for what it was but the obnoxious cast always put me off, however Sanchez’s 2006 directorial follow-up Altered was a stroke of genius that undeservedly shoved out as a direct to DVD release. But now he’s back, surpassing all expectations with Lovely Molly.

The film starts off innocently enough, with the titular Molly (Lodge) and her newlywed husband Tim (Lewis) moving into the old family homestead to start their married life together.
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Movie Review: ‘Lovely Molly’

Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick have had an interesting trajectory. They co-directed The Blair Witch Project thirteen years ago, that “found footage” granddaddy which would prove not only to be an incredible success, but a great inspiration to genre filmmakers a decade later. Love it or hate it, Blair Witch is a milestone whose lasting impact can’t be ignored. While Myrick has made a few Dtv clunkers, Sánchez has managed to make two Dtv gems — Altered, a dark horror-comedy about alien abduction revenge, and Seventh Moon, a hand-held camera honeymoon nightmare in China. Worth checking out. So, how does his latest effort stack up?

Lovely Molly combines a traditional style with found-footage elements through a handi-cam Molly carries around with her. There’s usually a dumb excuse as to why the characters are carrying around a camera while they’re freaked out. Molly’s isn’t really that important,
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Review: Lovely Molly

After 2008's disastrous Seventh Moon, the Director of The Blair Witch Project bravely returns to the horror genre with a tried and tested formula. Teaming up with his Altered and Seventh Moon writing partner, Jamie Nash, he attempts to emulate the success of his first feature in reusing the found footage technique to crank up the tension...

“Whatever happened, it wasn’t me…. I’m not in control any more…”

...sobs a young girl holding a knife to her neck. In stark contrast to this arresting opening, the action shifts to the joyous atmosphere of the titular character’s wedding day. From home video footage to the taut shaky-cam start, Sánchez momentarily moves away from amateur film, allowing us to see the first days of Tim and Molly’s married life. Sinister music gradually becomes louder to signify a change in mood and a close-up of a dust sheet covering
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Exclusive Interview: Eduardo Sanchez talks ‘Lovely Molly’

Eduardo Sanchez, the co-writer/co-director of The Blair With Project and the director of the under-rated (and little seen) Altered is back for another slice of the horror pie with Lovely Molly which stars Gretchen Lodge, Johnny Lewis and Alexandra Holden. The film centers on a troubled young woman and the evil power that exists inside of her.

I’ve seen and reviewed the film (Lovely Molly Review) and can safely say it’s one of the most effective horror movies I’ve seen in a long time – which is why it was such as pleasure to get to sit down with Eduardo to talk all things Lovely Molly:

Newlyweds Molly (Gretchen Lodge) and Tim (Johnny Lewis) move into Molly’s deceased father’s house in the countryside. An ex-addict with a deeply troubled past, Molly is strong in her new life of recovery. Unexplained disturbances in the night unnerve the couple,
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Blair Witch Project's Eduardo Sanchez brings haunted house twist to Lovely Molly

Eduardo Sanchez helped to refresh the horror genre and kickstart the current wave of 'found footage' releases when he co-wrote and co-directed 1999's The Blair Witch Project.

He continued in that vein with Altered and Seventh Moon and is now filming his newest venture Exists, in which a group of friends are stalked by Bigfoot.

Meanwhile, his most recent completed project is about to scare its way into UK cinemas.

Lovely Molly is directed by Sanchez and co-penned with Jamie Nash. It arrives on screens on June 29, following several festival appearances.

The official synopsis is included here along with the trailer, the poster (above) and a selection of stills.

Official synopsis

When newlywed Molly Reynolds (Gretchen Lodge) returns to her long-abandoned family home, reminders of a nightmarish childhood begin seeping into her new life. A malevolent force, whether her own haunted past or some supernatural thing, tirelessly seeks to overwhelm her.
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Exclusive: Scary clip from Eduardo Sanchez’s ‘Lovely Molly’

Eduardo Sanchez, the co-writer/co-director of The Blair With Project and the director of the under-rated (and little seen) Altered is back for another slice of the horror pie with Lovely Molly which stars Gretchen Lodge, Johnny Lewis and Alexandra Holden. The film centers on a troubled young woman and the evil power that exists inside of her.

I’ve seen and reviewed the film (Lovely Molly Review) and can safely say it’s one of the most effective horror movies I’ve seen in a long time – which is why I’m pleased to be able to bring you this exclusive, and scary, clip from the film:

Newlyweds Molly (Gretchen Lodge) and Tim (Johnny Lewis) move into Molly’s deceased father’s house in the countryside. An ex-addict with a deeply troubled past, Molly is strong in her new life of recovery. Unexplained disturbances in the night unnerve the couple,
See full article at Blogomatic3000 »

Review: Lovely Molly

Lovely Molly

Stars: Gretchen Lodge, Johnny Lewis, Alexandra Holden | Written by Eduardo Sanchez, Jamie Nash | Directed by Eduardo Sanchez

Known predominantly for the massive hit that was The Blair Witch Project (one of the highest-grossing independent films of all time no less), Eduardo Sanchez returns with what is his fourth directorial effort since that films groundbreaking debut and his best movie yet. Now I’ll admit I wasn’t a huge fan of Blair Witch, I enjoyed it for what it was but the obnoxious cast always put me off, however Sanchez’s 2006 directorial follow-up Altered was a stroke of genius that undeservedly shoved out as a direct to DVD release. But now he’s back, surpassing all expectations with Lovely Molly.

The film starts off innocently enough, with the titular Molly (Lodge) and her newlywed husband Tim (Lewis) moving into the old family homestead to start their married life together.
See full article at Blogomatic3000 »

DVD Playhouse--May 2012

DVD Playhouse – May 2012

By Allen Gardner

Shame (20th Century Fox) Director Steve McQueen’s harrowing portrait of a Manhattan sex addict (Michael Fassbender, in the year’s most riveting performance) whose psyche goes into overload when his equally-troubled sister (Carey Mulligan) visits unexpectedly. Exquisitely-made on every level, save for the screenplay, which makes its point after about thirty minutes. While it tries hard to be a modern-day Last Tango in Paris, this fatal flaw makes it fall somewhat short. The much- ballyhooed sex scenes and frontal nudity are the least-interesting things about the film, incidentally, which is still a must-see for discriminating adults who seek out challenging material. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 5.1 surround.

Being John Malkovich (Criterion) Spike Jonze’s madcap film of Charlie Kaufman’s script, regarding a socially-disenfranchised puppeteer (John Cusack) who finds a portal into the mind of actor
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Cast Finalized For Found-Footage Bigfoot Pic

Writer-director Eduardo Sanchez made film history in 1999 as half of the creative team behind the found-footage horror feature that inspired countless imitators, The Blair Witch Project. Since then, Sanchez has continued in horror, but avoided found footage. However, none of his successive movies drew the kind of praise or caused the kind of mass hysteria of his witchy debut, which may explain why Sanchez is heading back into the woods and returning to found footage for his next effort, Exists. Written by Sanchez's recurring collaborator Jamie Nash (Altered, Lovely Molly), Exists is a horror-thriller that follows a group of friends on a camping trip in the forests of Texas that takes a frightening turn when they discover they are being stalked by the elusive but deadly Bigfoot. With days to go before the picture goes into production at Spiderwood Studios in Elgin, Texas next week, Variety reports the Sanchez has
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Lovely Molly Trailer Arrives Online

Lovely Molly Trailer Arrives Online
The Blair Witch Project's co-director Eduardo Sanchez has struggled to follow-up that surprise success in the decade since it hit. His subsequent Altered and Seventh Moon went straight to video, but his fortunes have improved. Lovely Molly will shortly invade cinema screens, and the trailer has just arrived to shakily follow you around.It's strange to think now what a novelty Blair Witch's found-footage schtick was back in 1999. Since then it's had its thunder well and truly stolen, not least by the Paranormal Activitys, which seem to have some echoes here (a ghost that follows you from house to house; a lead character that may be posessed - the film's original title was Posession). So that's a bit of a problem for a film trumpeting that it's, "From the filmmakers that started it all".The idea that Lovely Molly will "redefine horror once again" is perhaps a bit of a stretch,
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Get Teased by Poster for Eduardo Sanchezs New Possession Thriller Lovely Molly

Eduardo Sanchez, half of the team behind classic found footage horror 'The Blair Witch Project', returns to the horror fray with his latest directorial effort 'Lovely Molly'. The new feature aired at this years SXSW which will have a limited run in theatres on 18 May courtesy of Image Entertainment. Newcomer Gretchen Lodge plays the psychologically disturbed Molly and she is joined by Alexandra Holden -below ('Dead End'), Johnny Lewis, Ken Arnold, Katie Foster, Daniel Ross and Lauren Lakis. Sanchez co-penned the script with Jamie Nash, who he also worked with on his previous projects 'Seventh Moon' and 'Altered'. Check out the plot info and a brand new one-sheet below....
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