It's been over 15 years since The Blair Witch Project created a firestorm of buzz and a whole new approach to horror, and this year we'll finally be seeing all the behind-the-scenes work that went into that.
A documentary entitled The Woods Movie will delve into the inception of the found footage phenomenon all the way to the marketing plan that was so revolutionary for its time. The documentary will premiere at FrightFest Glasgow, which takes place over the last weekend in February. Here's the official description of the hopefully revealing doc:
In October 1997, a group of filmmakers ventured into the Maryland woods to produce a low budget independent horror movie. THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT would become a global phenomenon and began the ‘found footage’ genre that remains a potent force today. Now for the first time you can see how that record-breaking groundbreaker came into being. From never-before-seen recordings of pre-production meetings, audition tapes and test footage to the actual shooting, first preview screenings and marketing at the Sundance Film Festival, all the key personnel guide you through the discussions and decisions that minted a shock sensation classic.
Along with the confirmed festival date and the official description, we also have the first trailer for the documentary. While it remains pretty vague on the details (pretty much only showing footage from the original movie), I can't help but get excited about this moving forward.
Maybe if this takes off and reawakens a need for Blair Witch stories, we'll see even more movement behind [The Blair Witch Project 3](movie:1296468). The original started at a festival, after all, it's possible this round just needs a bit of a push. Total dream on my part, but, hey, maybe it's the year of the witch.