It was fourteen years ago directors Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick re-invented horror with their genre defining classic, The Blair Witch Project. So influential was that film that even today films spoof it, and the found footage horror genre owes almost everything to it. However, the piss taking of the film does take its toll, and being a huge fan of The Blair Witch Project, I do grow tired of seeing it appear in lazy horror spoofs.
However, original director Eduardo Sanchez, who has moved on to a strong horror career with the likes of the stunning Lovely Molly and a superb segment of VHS/2, is brining us a web-series intended to spoof his own classic. What’s more is he is bringing back both stars Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard and co-director of the original Daniel Myrick to appear in the web-series, which is called Four Corners of Fear.
A letter and exclusive trailer was sent to both Dread Central and Bloody Disgusting, which I shall share with you now!
Letter from Mike Williams:
To all of the many fans of The Blair Witch Project,
I’ve had the absolute pleasure, over the years, to meet so many fans of this tiny little film gone haywire. I’ve always enjoyed the stories you’ve shared from “I saw it when I was 15 and it totally changed my view of filmmaking”, to, “I thought it was real”, to “I can’t camp anymore”, to, “I hate you and your stupid movie”. I’ve certainly heard it all and can appreciate all of the sentiment, good or bad, that the film has impressed upon you.
For years after the film debuted in that hazy summer of 1999, and even to this day, the film is spoofed, made fun of, quoted, what have you. It shows up in newspaper articles, television shows, films, and, of course, on the web. It most certainly has its own “corner” of pop-culture, if you will.
So here I am, somewhere back in 2007 or so, standing on the back balcony outside of a theatre where I am working with a new friend and fellow actor, Evan Ferrante. I’m talking BWP with Evan, you know, “What was it like? How did you shoot it? Do you still talk to Josh and Heather? What the hell happened to your career, you big dummy?” and all those sorts of questions.
Well, as it turns out, we get to speaking about all of those BWP spoofs and I tell Evan that I have always thought that it would be funniest to spoof BWP myself, or, as it turns out, ourselves. As it turns out, well, Evan had some ideas too.
So here it is, years later, for reasons no one really cares about so I will not get into it except to say that everyone involved jumped in feet first with this idea and I can’t thank them all enough.
I certainly hope that you all can enjoy this.
This one’s for you.