Taglines: There’s something evil hiding in the woods.
James Donahue finds a video containing a supposed image of his sister Heather who disappeared 20 years ago in the woods near Burkittsville while investigating the legend of the Blair Witch. Believing she is still alive, James heads into the woods, accompanied by friends Peter Jones, Ashley Bennett, and film student Lisa Arlington, who wants to film the search for a documentary. Locals Talia and Lane, who uploaded the footage from a videotape they found, join them on their search.
Upon setting up camp for the night, Lane and Talia discuss the disappearance of Heather’s film crew, as well as the other mysterious occurrences within the region, all of which they ascribe to the Blair Witch. After hearing noises in the woods during the night and oversleeping until the afternoon, the group awakens to find strange stick figures hanging from the trees surrounding their camp. Unnerved, the four friends elect to leave despite Lane and Talia’s reluctance.
Lisa then notices twine hanging out of Lane’s backpack and both he and Talia are banished after admitting to creating the figures. After several hours of walking, the four arrive back at their original campsite, their GPS being inaccurate. Lisa pilots a drone to obtain their location, but it malfunctions and crashes into the trees. Ashley becomes sick due to a wound on her foot sustained the previous day, forcing the group to camp again. Peter goes to gather firewood, but is chased by an unknown entity which causes a nearby tree to fall, gravely wounding him. James hears Peter’s cries and runs to his aid, but when he arrives, Peter is gone.
During the night, James and Lisa hear more sounds. Moments later, Lane and Talia emerge, claiming they have been wandering around the forest for five days without a sunrise. Believing that he is hallucinating, Lane runs off while Talia stays behind. The following morning, James and Lisa are stunned to find that it is still night time, discovering larger stick figures surrounding their camp. Talia sees clumps of her hair tied to one of the figures.
Ashley, devastated by Peter’s disappearance, accuses Talia of crafting them and snaps the figure in half; Talia’s body is then violently snapped in half as Ashley screams in horror. An unseen force lifts their tent upwards and the ensuing panic separates the group. Ashley, still dealing with her wounded foot, stops to tend to it. Pus spills out of the wound as she pulls out a root. She finds the drone and climbs a tree to recover it but falls to the ground, apparently to her death. She is pulled off-screen by an unseen force.
Blair Witch is an American found footage psychological horror film directed by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett. It is a direct sequel to The Blair Witch Project and stars James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott, Corbin Reid, Wes Robinson and Valorie Curry. The film follows a group of college students and their local guides who venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance years ago of Heather Donahue, the sister of one of the characters. Initially, the film’s connection to the Blair Witch franchise was kept secret, with the film having been shot under the fake title, The Woods.
Directed by: Adam Wingard
Starring: James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Corbin Reid, Brandon Scott, Wes Robinson, Valorie Curry
Screenplay by: Simon Barrett
Production Design by: Thomas S. Hammock
Cinematography by: Robby Baumgartner
Film Editing by: Louis Cioffi
Costume Design by: Katia Stano
Set Decoration by: Kate Marshall
Art Direction by: Sheila Haley
Music by: Adam Wingard
MPAA Rating: R for language, terror and some disturbing images.
Studio: Lionsgate Films
Release Date: September 16, 2016
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