By Doug Norrie | 9 seconds ago
It takes a lot to scare Stephen King. The horror author has published some of the most terrifying books and stories over the past few decades, earning him the moniker of possibly the most prolifically creepy writer we’ve ever seen. So when he says a movie was too awful for him to even finish, we probably have to wonder if it’s a good life choice to sit down and watch it. This was the case with The Blair Witch Project which King has publicly stated he must have turned off on his first viewing. And now it looks like we might be returning to this world with rumors circulating that a The Blair Witch Project a remake could be in the works.
The rumors around a possible The Blair Witch Project remake originally came from the pinner (Going through Screening) and explained how Lionsgate was planning to go in that direction as a reboot of the original film. It’s still in the rumor phase of things right now, but we could be looking at a chance to scare audiences the same way Stephen King was terrified over 20 years ago when the original came out for the first time. first time on cinema screens. That being said, there would be particular challenges in rebooting this franchise, especially in the mold of the original which, at the time, was a very unique take on the horror genre.
One of the reasons Stephen King mentioned being so scary from the original The Blair Witch Project was because of the way the film was presented as an almost holistic approach to filmmaking. Capitalizing on a new style of found filmmaking, the film hit screens in 1999, and moviegoers were rightly confused with what they were seeing. The entire film was shot with handheld cameras and followed a group of hikers who had disappeared with only their recorded footage later found. At the time, it was presented almost as if it were a real documentary, chilling audiences not only in the terrifying uncertainty of the “action” in the film, but also in the prospect of it being actually happened to a real group of people. Eat your horrible heart to Stephen King.
And as part of the marketing campaign, something that didn’t even really play into Stephen King’s reaction, but added to the general mystique of the film, “Missing” posters were hung around screenings of the film which showed the cast of the film as if they were real people who had disappeared. Of course, the whole movie is fake but at the time it wasn’t totally clear. It was a terrifying movie. I will personally attest to that, having seen it in theaters and being nervous about heading back to the woods soon after. On that front, I can understand Stephen King’s reaction.
But is a The Blair Witch Project does remake or reboot work the same way? All these years later, with found footage movies having become quite popular, it’s hard to see them having the same impact. A 2016 remake of the film, titled Blair Witch, performed poorly with critics despite managing to earn $45 million on its $5 million budget. Maybe on that front we should keep Stephen King scared and let The Blair Witch Project