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Is Lionsgate’s’ “The Woods” a secret sequel?

Is Lionsgate’s’ “The Woods” a secret sequel?

Check out the trailer for the movie “The Woods”, it’s the latest by horror movie rockstar director Adam Wingard (V/H/S, The Visitor, You’re Next).

Pretty spooky huh? Certainly that’s the creepiest possible version of Sting’s “Every Breath You Take.” The trailer is raising a few eyebrows and not because of all the praise about the movie being “a new beginning in horror films.” There is a crazy fan theory going around that this is actually a sequel or soft reboot of another revolutionary horror film, The Blair Witch Project.

The evidence is sparse but convincing. The film is being released by Lionsgate, which owns the rights to The Blair Witch Project, and it’s also set in the woods. That’s a pretty convincing connection for some people, but not us. From there it takes a little more detective work to convince us. It turns out one of the big proponents of the theory is someone I used to know back in my home state of Maine (which is also covered in woods. Coincidence? I don’t think so.) His name is Poul Farnham and he’s noticed something in the official poster.

 

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Can’t see it? Here I’ll help.

 

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Thanks to Poul for the edit there. He also pointed out that if you freeze frame the trailer just right you can see some more evidence in the background. You might have to strain your eyes a bit. Take a look:

 

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I can see a few Blair Witch style stick men in the background of that shot, but then again, perhaps I just want to see them. There is nothing that says twisted stick men are owned by “Blair Witch Project” either, but it does seem an odd coincidence. According to Wikipedia, the folks who made the original Blair Witch film claimed a 3rd movie was in the works as far back as 2009 but then it got stuck in development hell. Perhaps it escaped? Poul tells me that Blair Witch conspiracy believers have sent tweets to the original director asking for clarification and received no specific denials, but that doesn’t mean that it is automatically true.

These proponents of this “secret sequel” theory think there is going to be a full trailer debuting at San Diego Comic Con on Friday, and perhaps then the cat will be out of the bag. What do you think? This wouldn’t be the first movie to hide its true identity until it could show off the big final effects shots. But if this is a secret reboot, remake or sequel… why hide it? Perhaps they are looking to avoid the fan blowback? Then again most people wouldn’t say remaking a Blair Witch movie was “ruining their childhood,” but if they did say that they could easily say it about “Blair Witch: Book of Shadows” which was terrible.

Do you put any credence in this theory? Would you be interested in a Blair Witch remake? Why did he kick the map into the water?!!! Also check out the movie’s ultra creepy webpage.

 

Image Credits: Lionsgate 

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