BALTIMORE (WJZ) — When “The Blair Witch Project” was released in 1999, it was a huge moment in cinema history, and it inspired a whole new style of “found footage” horror films.
The movie, directed and written by Maryland-native Eduardo Sanchez, is about three film students who vanish after hiking into a Maryland forest with the goal of making a documentary about a local witch legend.READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Severe Storm Threat Prompts Alert Day Saturday
It was filmed all around the state, including in Rockville, Burkittsville, Gaithersburg, Wheaton, Patapsco Valley State Park and Seneca Creek State Park.
Now, 17 years later, the movie is getting a reboot.
While a teaser trailer for “The Woods” was released in May, it wasn’t known at that time that the new film would be related to the 1999 cult classic.
On Saturday morning, the official @BlairWitchMovie Twitter account let the cat out of the bag, revealing that the real title of “The Woods” is “Blair Witch” and that it is, indeed, a sequel.READ MORE: Baltimore Police Stepping Up Deployment On Fourth Of July Weekend, Commissioner Says
It will be released Sept. 16. Here’s a new, longer trailer:
Another sequel, “Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2” was released in 2000 to very poor reviews from critics.
While the original film has an 86 percent score on the film review site RottenTomatoes.com, “Book of Shadows” has a disappointing 13 percent, although Sanchez is credited as a writer on the film.
According to IMDB.com, Sanchez is not credited at all in the new movie.MORE NEWS: State Police Expand Traffic Enforcement On I-83 In Baltimore City