Today’s “found footage” horror movies owe a debt to The Blair Witch Project, the original found footage film from 17 years ago. That movie was a smash hit thanks to the “found footage” that had never been shown in theaters, which left some people initially believing the events in the movie actually happened. Since then a slew of horror movies (most notably the Paranormal Activity series) have found success by featuring “found footage,” thus making the time right for taking another crack at exploring the Blair Witch mythology, while at the same time disregarding the awful sequel Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2. Even though director Adam Wingard (The Guest, You’re Next) does have some tricks up his sleeve that he reveals in the final act, it’s not enough to save Blair Witch, which feels completely unnecessary given its lack of scares or originality. Read more
From Amazon Studios, Sony Pictures and producers Ben Edlund and Barry Josephson, comes the new live-action TV series The Tick. Starring Peter Serafinowicz in the title role, Griffin Newman and Valorie Curry, the series’ first two episodes will be directed by Wally Pfister. No release date has been announced at this time.