Topic: The Blair Witch Project

Good Idea/Bad Idea: A New Blair Witch Project Movie

Good Idea/Bad Idea: A New Blair Witch Project Movie

Okay, guys. I want you to put yourself back in the late ‘90s. Are you there yet? Good. Remember: This is a time in which viral marketing is a brand-new thing, and it’s taking the world on by storm. It’s also a time before the found-footage genre existed as we know it in 2011. Sure, there had been a few prior examples– namely Cannibal Holocaust– but it is by no means as prevalent a genre as it would eventually become. It’s also not as cliché, so it’s new and exciting. It makes sense, then, that a little horror movie shot on a miniscule budget would skyrocket to fame during this time: It’s the beginning of found-footage filmmaking as we know it, as well as the beginning of super clever viral marketing. That movie, of course, is The Blair Witch Project.

Okay, now come on back to the present. Because guess what? Rumor has it that there’s a new Blair Witch movie in the works. This might be an amazingly awesome idea—but it also might be an amazingly terrible idea. Thoughts on this, Gentle Readers? More »

Creepy Things That Seem Real But Aren’t: Tales of the Silver Screen

Creepy Things That Seem Real But Aren't: Tales of the Silver Screen

Creepy Things That Seem Real But Aren’t is a series that explores modern urban legends, bringing you a new tale each week.

When it comes to unsettling stories, a little truth goes a long way. Something can be 99 percent false, but if there’s one little bit of reality somewhere within it, it immediately becomes terrifying. You know it’s fiction… and yet, there’s a little tiny voice niggling at the back of your mind telling you that it could be true, that it could happen to you. Nowhere is this more powerful than in movies. This Friday, Super 8 joined the collection of cinematic tales floating around out there that manage to capture something in its footage that maybe– just MAYBE– could be real. In honor of it, let’s play a little game this week: I’ll tell you a few tales; you guess what they are. They’re all stories you’ll know, if you dig deep enough in that place in your brain that locks away the things that frighten you. Ready? Here we go… More »