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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. »
“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
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
Ordesky is among a handful of creatives responsible for the “The Quest,” which premieres Thursday, July 31, on ABC, and marries a mostly scripted environment with real people dropped into a fantasy world — Everealm, replete with actors who play villagers, villains and ogres — as they vie to be the “one true hero” who defeats the great evil.
The show, billed as “immersive reality,” is the brainchild of an exec producer combo of feature film pros and reality hitmakers. Ordesky had worked with his Court Five partner Jane Fleming at New Line; Rob Eric and Michael Williams (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”) and Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri (“The Amazing Race”) cut their teeth on reality stalwarts. »
- Terry Flores
[Note: With the film set for a UK Blu-ray release on July 7th, here's a reposting of my review of Absentia from its original 2012 DVD debut]
Tricia’s husband Daniel has been missing for seven years. Her younger sister Callie comes to live with her and helps her find the strength to finally declare him legally dead ‘in absentia’. As Tricia tries to move on with her life she is haunted by terrifying visions while her sister finds herself drawn to an ominous tunnel near the house which is linked to other unexplained disappearances. It becomes clear the tunnel holds a dark secret, something lies in the shadows and Daniel may be suffering a fate far worse than death.
Absentia is, for all intents and purposes, a movie about loss – the loss of a loved one, the loss of control… It also deals with the dark side of life, the side of which you’d don’t always »
- Phil Wheat
Even though there were found footage features before it and one heck of a lot since 'The Blair Witch Project' will remain one of the most original horror movies to ever hit our screens. It has been 15 years since the release of the original from co-directors Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez which was swiftly followed up the next year with off the wall meta-sequel 'Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2'. Of course a third installment has been rumoured ever since and during a recent Movies.com interview with Eduardo Sanchez, director of other horror projects such as 'Lovely Molly' and upcoming Bigfoot horror 'Exists', the filmmaker commented on the recent horde of found footage offerings and if we'll eventually see more from the Blair Witch! Head below. »
Been watching the El Rey Network's "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series"? We're finding it to be lots of fun, and if you are, too, here are a pair of new promos for you to check out that focus on characters Earl McGraw (Don Johnson) and Richard “Richie” Gecko (Zane Holtz).
“From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” is centered around bank robber Seth Gecko (D.J. Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard “Richie” Gecko (Zane Holtz), who are wanted by the FBI and Texas Rangers Earl McGraw (Don Johnson) and Freddie Gonzalez (Jesse Garcia) after a bank heist left several people dead.
While on the run to Mexico, Seth and Richie encounter a former pastor and his family, whom they take hostage. Using the family Rv to cross the Border, chaos ensues when the group detours to a strip club that is populated by vampires. They are forced to fight »
- Debi Moore
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, »
- Jonathan James
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 »
- El Mayimbe
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