The cult hit horror movie, The Blair Witch Project, will now become a brand new original video game. Called Blair Witch, the first-person psychological horror game launched its
first gameplay trailer and now none of us will ever sleep again.
The Blair Witch Project is a “found-footage” horror movie that became a massive commercial success. Made on a shoestring budget of only 60,000 dollars, the film grossed almost 250 Million dollars. The film catapulted its stars and makers to unprecedented success. The success of this film officially launched the found footage genre of films into the mainstream.
The game basically takes the premise of the first-person point-of-view (POV), common in video games since Doom, to a whole new level. In hindsight, it’s a crossover that almost seemed obvious; making a POV horror game based on the first major horror movie featuring the first-person perspective. I bet most gaming companies are kicking themselves for not coming up with it first.
‘Blair Witch’ game, cinematic reveal trailer at E3 2019
The Reality Behind The Blair Witch Project
The Blair Witch Project completely changed how horror is experienced, marketed and made. Released at a time before widespread entertainment blogs, and an onslaught of outlets reporting on an overwhelming amount film news during a 24-hour news cycle, the movie took audiences by surprise.
The concept of being a ‘found footage’ movie, where the characters act like real people in a home movie, was new to modern moviegoers. The idea now is, not only common, but used successfully across a variety of genres in film. Some notable examples would include the superhero movie Chronicle, the monster movie Cloverfield, or the sci-fi Apollo 18.
The film also marked the beginning of a new era of horror using the found footage concept. The Paranormal Activity franchise owes its fortune to The Blair Witch Project’s immense success.
Audiences Didn’t Know How To React To The Blair Witch Project
The story of The Blair Witch Project is about a group of college students who journey into the woods in search of a local urban myth. Having heard stories about a witch in the woods, the students conduct interviews with the townsfolk before searching for proof of the legend on their own. They end up finding a lot more than they bargained for.
The lines between fiction and reality were completely blurred in the movie. Audiences didn’t know what to expect or believe. The found-footage element made many believe that this was a real-life incident captured on tape. Suspensions of disbelief were no longer required as audiences felt that this was very much an incident that took place in reality.
The improperly framed shots, the shaky camera that gave many audience members motion sickness, and the raw performances of the non-actor cast added to that many more blurred lines.
The Follow-Ups To The Franchise That Never Made It
There were a few follow-ups to The Blair With Project. Book Of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 was a direct sequel, but completely scripted and in the traditional narrative format. The film failed at the box office. The third film in the franchise was Blair Witch, which received mixed reviews, and failed to further the franchise in any meaningful way.
The video game looks to change all of that.
Blair Witch, The Video Game For All Of XBox
Announced at Xbox E3 2019, the Blair Witch game seeks to return us to the world of the first film, with a story just as creepy and nightmare inducing.
The trailer for the new game, developed by Bloober Team, is hauntingly similar to the film and brings those intense memories flooding back. The trailer showcases the main playable character of the game, Ellis, a former police officer. The story focuses on Ellis and his search for a missing child in the Black Hills Forest in 1996. Ellis is accompanied by his trusty dog, Bullet, who is more than just a companion.
The trailer shows just how the actual gameplay looks, with Bullet being a considerable resource. The dog can be commanded to seek, dig and go in places of the game that the playable character can’t. Nothing better happen to that dog though!
Set in 1996, the story is completely original and doesn’t seem to connect to the events of the first film. Given that the movie was released in 1999, Blair Witch the game could easily be revealed to be a prequel.
Blair Witch releases on August 30, 2019, and is available for pre-order now.
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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.