What You Need To Know - January 18, 2017

Blair Witch - What You Need To Know
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Blair Witch - What You Need To Know

Back when it was released in 1999 The Blair Witch Project was a true phenomenon. Made by a group of amateur filmmakers for a paltry $60,000, it went on to gross almost $250 million at the box office and profoundly influenced a whole new generation of horror directors.

The original told the story of three friends who head into the dark hills of Maryland to make a documentary about a local legend known as the Blair Witch. The three disappear, but their video and sound equipment (along with most of the footage they shot) is discovered a year later and presented to the viewer in terrifying detail.

A full 17 years on filmmaker Adam Wingard returns to the source and presents a new reboot of the story. Here is everything you need to know about it...


Who’s In It?

James Allen McCune, who has had key roles in The Walking Dead and the US version of Shameless, stars. He works alongside Callie Hernandez, who you’ll see next in La La Land and Alien: Covenant, Brandon Scott, Corbin Reid, Wes Robinson, and The Following’s Valorie Curry.


And Who’s Behind The Camera?

Adam Wingard, who has directed The Guest and You’re Next in the past, is on directorial duties. He works from a script from Simon Barrett who both wrote both of those films as well as the wonderfully titled Frankenfish and A Horrible Way To Die. Wingard has also provided the music for this movie.


What’s The Plot?

We begin in 2014 with student James Donahue who discovers a video containing a supposed image of his sister Heather who disappeared in 1994 near Burkittsville while investigating the legend of the Blair Witch. Believing she is still alive, he rounds up his friends and they head into the woods, packing, of course, a camera to film their adventure for a documentary.

But, just hours after they make camp in the woods, things start to go wrong and people start to disappear…


Does It Deliver?

Absolutely. Obviously, there’s been a little more money spent on this movie (not much more mind, this film cost $5 million, that’s a couple of explosions on most blockbusters…), but it retains the original’s claustrophobic feeling and swelling sense of terror. If you love a scare, you won’t go wrong with this...

Blair Witch is released on Monday (January 23rd) and is available to pre-order here in hmv’s online store.

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