It is not contested that the horror industry is riddled with trend setters that have brought about sub-genres that paved the way for many literary and cinematic titles that we hold near and dear to our (possibly dark) hearts to this day.
However, when most think of the history of horror “mockumentary,” it is a given that nearly everyone remembers that iconic scene with half of Heather Donahue’s terrified, tear drenched, snot running face in The Blair Witch Project; emulating raw, primal panic as her, Josh, and Mike are stalked in the woods by something locals recognize as pure evil.
The Blair Witch Project was not only known for it’s innovative filming that served as a horror milestone, but the marketing post-release and, as mentioned, the plethora of films inspired by it: REC, Quarantine, Cloverfield, Paranormal Activity, and etc.
Attempts to recreate this sense of “raw”-caught on footage dread within The Blair Witch Project “universe” has been attempted with two sequels, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000) which abandoned the mockumentary style of filming, and the recent Blair Witch (2016) film, both of which were ultimately not as well received by fans of the first film.
There is a comic series/graphic novel The Blair Witch Chronicles of anthologies depicting a detailed build up to the events within the Blair Witch “universe,” as well as the Curse of the Blair Witch TV short (1999) and Shadow of the Blair Witch (2000).
While the dust has still yet to settle from the previous installment of the Blair Witch series, Lionsgate has announced a team up between their very own Studio L and Blair Witch Project’s creators (Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez) to make TV series based on The Blair Witch Project, initially reported by Deadline. A year prior, Sanchez had mentioned that he felt that a show was destined for the series–which can be heard of the Diminishing Returns podcast–and now we may just get a “true” successor to the first film in a spaced out series.
It would seem that Sanchez and Myrick may reach out to Jen Van Meter (writer) and Jamie S. Rich (editor in chief) for influence from The Blair Witch Chronicles, making the series a collection of origin episodes surrounding the legend of the Blair Witch.
For more Blair Witch news, check out our discussion of who the REAL killers are here!
‘Red Triangle’ Invites Audiences to a Bloody Buffet for Hungry Sharks from ’47 Meters Down’ Director
Johannes Roberts has already given audiences two big helpings of sharksploitation with 47 Meters Down and its follow-up Uncaged. He also took some time to work on a pretty good Resident Evil adaptation. Now, Roberts is heading back to the world of killer sharks. He is focusing in on an area in which shark attacks aren’t unheard of. In Red Triangle audiences will witness a cruise ship that crashes leaving its guests to survive in open water where sharks are having a veritable human buffet.
According to Deadline the synopsis for Red Triangle goes like this:
“Set in Northern California — famous for its gorgeous beaches, but also known for a particular stretch of ocean that has a bloody reputation — The Red Triangle. Stretching south from Bodega Bay toward San Francisco and jutting out beyond the Farallon Islands and down to Big Sur south of Monterey, the Triangle encompasses around 200 miles of coastline, and is the site of almost half of all recorded great white shark attacks in the United States. When a cruise ship — a massive, floating, fully stocked resort with thousands of passengers — begins to sink in The Red Triangle, the feeding frenzy begins.”
“This shark-filled psychological horror/thriller will once again have moviegoers overwhelmed and on the edge of their seats watching great white sharks methodically terrorize a sinking family cruise ship.” said Media Group’s Founder, Chairman CEO Byron Allen.
Both of Roberts’s shark films have been incredibly high-octane underwater thrills. So, we are looking forward to him doing a shark film on a bigger scale.
Are you looking forward to Roberts giving us a big buffet for sharks out at sea? Let us know in the comments section.
Showtime Confirms Both ‘Dexter: Origins’ and More ‘Dexter: New Blood’
Dexter is coming back to Showtime. Despite the character meeting his demise, the network is still betting on two new series to bring fans in to watch. Dexter: Origins will focus on the fly-by-night serial killer in his youth. The series will reveal Dexter’s early days working with Miami Metro. It will also showcase younger versions of characters that we came to love. It is also being reported that characters like The Trinity Killer will make an appearance as well as a whole lot more.
The sky is the limit in terms of the direction that we can go in. However, this will entirely recast Michael C. Hall’s famous character. I’m not sure fans are ready for that kind of change at this point. It feels entirely too soon. But, who knows? We will have to wait and see.
In addition to Dexter: Origins and watching a younger Morgan in Miami Metro, we also have a continuation of Dexter: New Blood. This one will once again bring about Dexter’s son, Harrison following the events of that unexpected finale.
From what I recall, Harrison didn’t have a lot of fans but nonetheless, Showtime is doubling down on the character with a huge gamble. This will see Harrison return to New York City and find that he is plagued with the Dark Passenger just like dear ole’ dad. This will ultimately see the apple fall not very far from the tree.
Are you excited about Dexter: Origins and Dexter: New Blood? I’m really not a fan of Dexter: New Blood continuing the title of Michael C. Hall’s character without Hall being the focus of the series. I digress. Which are you looking forward to? Or… do you think that it is time for Dexter to hang things up and call it quits.
John Krasinski Took to Social Media to Share ‘A Quiet Place: Day One’ Images
A Quiet Place: Day One recently began production and in order to share the exciting bits of news producer, John Krasinski took to socials to give fans some goodies. And by goodies, I mean that Krasinski shared some all-new images from the awesome production.
The upcoming spin-off to A Quiet Place has no plot details at the moment but we do know that it also stars Lupita Nyong’o and Joseph Quinn.
The sequel to A Quiet Place starring the Abbott fam is still in the works as well. The goal is to give A Quiet Place a much larger world in which we see more stories set in that universe.
The synopsis for A Quiet Place went like this:
If they hear you, they hunt you. A family must live in silence to avoid mysterious creatures that hunt by sound. Knowing that even the slightest whisper or footstep can bring death, Evelyn and Lee are determined to find a way to protect their children while desperately searching for a way to fight back.
A Quiet Place: Day One arrives beginning March 8, 2024.
Are you excited to see A Quiet Place’s universe expanded?