Blair Witch (film)
Blair Witch (formerly marketed under the faux-title, The Woods) is an upcoming American found footage psychological horror film directed by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett. It is a direct sequel to The Blair Witch Project (1999). The film follows a group of college students who venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of James’ sister Heather in 1994 who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch.
It premiered at San Diego Comic-Con on July 22, 2016 and is scheduled for release in the United States on September 16, 2016.
I often have very mixed feelings regarding films like this. Something loosely tied to what had been an ancient spiritual tradition, now projected as like a milieu of... "monsters." No other tradition is treated this way. However, that's not what interests me here. The now recognizable symbol of the "Blair Witch" is described as A five-pointed compound symbol with a center triangel pointing down. The five lines resemble the microcosmic man with arms and legs outstretched inside a circle (with a pentagram in the background)-- a magic symbol or charm among medieval alchemists and wizards. It may be an ancient European vehmic symbol, although I have found no direct evidence of that. Even Guido von List's "Vehme star rose" was basically just a Pentacle star within a circle of nature. He hinted at an ancient European origin, and offered the Barnstar in relation to that idea.
I refer to this symbol as the Vehmic rune, or a Vehme star rose if within a circle. The five-pointed sign symbolizes Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit..... or basically.. "Science!" (including Metaphysical science). The popularity of 'The Blair Witch Project' (1999) and perhaps this upcoming sequel, which opens on September 16, should lead to an increased interest in this symbol. While the Pentagram (or Pentacle star when inside of a circle) can be traced back to ancient Sumeria, the Vehmic run is quite possibly proto-European. The fact that this symbol is again being projected by popular culture notwithstanding, is could have a far greater objective meaning; the lost ancient European vehme, the missing puzzle piece. In addition, the Vehmic rune, when hung in a tree, seems to have another meaning.
It is also said that the figures hanging in the trees in the forest represent spirits of the dead being able to travel between earth and the spirit world. The trees, with their roots in the earth and branches up in the air, serve as bridges between the earth and spirit world. When the stick men are hung in a tree they provide a way for the spirit to travel between worlds.
Overzealous Christian YouTuber A Call For An Uprising actually gave a pretty good description of the symbol for about 90 seconds, starting at 5:30...
'The Blair Witch Project Co-Creator Eduardo Sanchez Talks Blair Witch'
Steve Barton - DreadCentral.com - August 19, 2016
Along with Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez burst onto the scene with The Blair Witch Project, a film that broke a lot of rules and struck box office success. Now, with a new sequel on its way, Sanchez sat down with podcast The Found Footage Critic to offer his opinion on Blair Witch (review).
“It’s just full-blast Blair Witch,” he explained. “It’s really creepy, and the last third is just crazy. It’s just all over the place. It just does not let you go, you know? I’m really happy to have been a part of it… it kind of progresses the found-footage genre a little bit, which I think is really cool.”
He continues: “It’s really, really well grounded in the original. And I think that the fans of the original will get a lot out of it. It’s kind of a recognizable… it’s almost like you’ve been, like kind of a deja vu, but then it turns into just a — like I said, it kinda takes our film and blows the doors off and goes nuts with it in a really, really good way.”
Written by Simon Barrett and directed by Adam Wingard, Blair Witch stars James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott, Valorie Curry, Corbin Reid, and Wes Robinson. Roy Lee (The Ring, The Grudge, The Strangers, It), Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity, Insidious), Keith Calder, and Jessica Wu (You’re Next, The Guest) produce.
A group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of James’ sister, who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of locals offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods, but as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence. Slowly, they begin to realize the legend is all too real and more sinister than they could have imagined.
Blair Witch (2016 Movie) - Official Trailer
Published on Jul 22, 2016
Blair Witch – In Theaters September 16.
Blair Witch - Official Site
'Blair Witch’ Trailer: You May Want to Think Twice About Camping Again' (Ethan Anderton - SlashFilm.com - August 25, 2016)
'Blair Witch' (IMDb)
'The Craft' sequel
Sony Pictures has announced that a sequel of The Craft is currently in development and will be written and directed by Leigh Janiak. The announcement of the sequel has spawned negative reactions from fans of the original and from Fairuza Balk, who thinks that sequels "in general" are a bad idea.
'The Craft remake is actually a sequel that's 'very much about now,' producer says' (Gerrad Hall - EW.com - May 3, 2016)