The director of “The Blair Witch Project” is taking viewers back into the woods with his latest film, “Exists.”
Eduardo Sánchez helped pioneer the found-footage genre. His 1999 movie, “The Blair Witch Project,” introduced many viewers to this genre in which the illusion is created that what is shown on screen actually took place, and that the video footage was shot by the on-screen characters and later recovered after some horrible event.
Sánchez’s new film, “Exists,” stays within the found-footage genre, taking viewers back into the woods. But this time, rather than documentary filmmakers investigating tales of a local witch, this film centers on a group of vacationing young people on a camping trip. If there’s one horror movie lesson that has been repeated over and over again, it’s that no good can possibly come from young people on a camping trip in the woods.
The film’s official synopsis confirms that:
“For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway— a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed—something not exactly human, but not completely animal— an urban legend come to terrifying life…and seeking murderous revenge.”
Judging by the film’s trailer, which was recently released, this movie feels a lot like “Blair Witch,” except Bigfoot is the mysterious villain lurking in the woods this time. Blastr reports that the film stars Dora Madison Burge ("Friday Night Lights"), Samuel Davis ("From Dusk Till Dawn"), Denise Williamson ("Friday Night Lights"), Roger Edwards ("Captain Phillips"), Chris Osborn ("Lone Star") and Brian Steele ("Hellboy") as the Sasquatch.
“Exists” hits theaters and iTunes on October 24.
Here is the official trailer: