‘The Blair Witch Project’ Director May Go Into the Forest Again Soon
Only they won’t actually be sequels, believe it or not.
Sanchez himself spoke of the fact that it seemed the franchise itself doesn’t seem to work with the sequel format, which is odd. To a degree, Paranormal Activity did. Other found footage films even found some success with sequels, but unusually enough, The Blair Witch Project misfired twice.
The reason why is because the original film was very much grounded in history when you think about it. Long story short, when you look at the original film, it’s a true standalone; there’s no “what happens next, stay tuned” feel of what could be except for the fact that three hapless individuals got lost in the forest and trapped by a witch.
It’s about the mystery. The enigma. In fact, we for the most part don’t even see what the Blair Witch actually looks like (well, we sort of see what she looks like in the third installment, but it’s shaky at best). It’s that air of mystery drawing us into the mythology and the crypt of the wood where it all seems so black and white, deep and dark, and there is absolutely no end to it. Confusing, and utterly disorienting.