A few months ago, the veil of secrecy swirling around a movie known as The Woods was lifted, as it was revealed to be Blair Witch, a sequel to the 1999 classic The Blair Witch Project. Despite the early buzz from the Comic-Con trailer, Blair Witch wasn't a hit with critics (36% on Rotten Tomatoes) and it under-performed at the box office ($16.5 million domestic, $25 million worldwide), although it was budgeted at just $5 million. Screenwriter Simon Barrett revealed new details while answering a fan's question on Twitter, which may change your whole perspective on the movie. There will be MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so read on at your own risk.
Blair Witch brings the terrifying legend of the 1999 cult classic The Blair Witch Project into present day, following a young man named James (James Allen McCune), who sees a tape of his long-missing sister Heather, from the original movie. James gathers a group of his college friends to find his sister in the woods but nothing goes according to plan as they become terrorized by this malevolent presence. Towards the end of the film, most fans assumed that the unique creature seen terrorizing these college students is the actual Blair Witch herself, but writer Simon Barrett revealed on Twitter that "you don't see the witch onscreen, that's someone else!"
Unfortunately, he doesn't reveal exactly who that "someone else" actually is, but theories have persisted that the creature is actually Heather herself. It has been nearly 20 years since she disappeared in the woods, and it's possible she could have been transformed into this creature by the actual witch, who we have still yet to see on the big screen. As of now, a follow-up hasn't been announced for this surprise sequel, but it's possible there are plans to expand the mythology even more with another sequel.
While responding to another fan on Twitter, Simon Barrett revealed that he and director Adam Wingard will explain a lot of details on the DVD commentary track, but he added that they still want to leave "some elements mysterious" from this horror movie. It's possible that the DVD commentary will also address the fate of Elly Kedward, a woman from Blair in the 1700s who was accused of witchcraft, and has been long believed to be the actual Blair Witch. Elly Kedward was mentioned in this film, and some speculate that Simon Barrett's admission could mean Elly Kedward is just a vessel used by the witch.
Elly was left to die in the woods after being tied to a tree, with rocks tied to her limbs, pulling them out of their sockets. The legend of her execution and the appearance of the gruesome creature itself have lead many to believe that Elly is the Blair Witch, or at least the vessel used by the witch to carry out her haunting ways. It hasn't been announced yet when Blair Witch will be released on Blu-ray and DVD, but after this new revelation, fans may be eagerly awaiting this release, to find out what further details will come out of the DVD commentary. Take a look at Simon Barrett's tweets below, in response to questions from Blair Witch fans.
@Simon_Barrett nasty. What moved in her foot was it a bug or a muscle spasm or what? ALSO I really love how the witch looked— boo (@idiot_teen) September 20, 2016
@idiot_teen don't want to get too spoilery but it's just the root moving deeper, and you don't see the witch onscreen, that's someone else!— Simon Barrett (@Simon_Barrett) September 20, 2016
@Simon_Barrett that wasn't the witch?????? Are we ever gonna find out what that was? DVD commentary maybe?— Erik Lee Wagonblott (@vinsclortho) September 20, 2016
@vinsclortho our DVD commentary will explain a lot, but hopefully without ruining anything, as do we want to leave some elements mysterious— Simon Barrett (@Simon_Barrett) September 20, 2016