Blair Witch: Simon Barrett Interview

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The anticipated sequel to The Blair Witch Project was released on DVD and Blu ray this week, nearly twenty years after the original.

The release of the sequel came as a huge surprise to fans as it had been a closely guarded secret in Hollywood, with only a handful of insiders in the know.

‘Blair Witch’ sees a young man and his pals Peter Jones, Ashley Bennett, and film student Lisa Arlington venture into the Black Hills forest in Maryland to uncover the mystery surrounding his missing sister who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. Arlington takes a camera and wants to film the search for a documentary.

Simon Barrett

Simon Barrett

In a chat with me, writer Simon Barrett – who is becoming one of the biggest names in modern horror cinema – explains how the film came about and what it was like keeping it a secret.

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A group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of James’ sister who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of locals offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods, but as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence. Slowly, they begin to realize the legend is all too real and more sinister than they could have imagined.

Directed by Adam Wingard, written by Simon Barrett, ‘Blair Witch’ is a direct sequel to 1999’s The Blair Witch Project.

Lionsgate presents, a Lionsgate production, a Vertigo Entertainment / Room 101 / Snoot Entertainment.


Angie has interned with You magazine and Global Radio. Angie has interviewed countless celebrities. Angie loves all music, showbiz and film and enjoys watching the same movies over and over - especially thrillers, biopics and true stories that have inspirational messages. Angie has lived in Hollywood and Cape Town South Africa and also enjoys walking, biking and eating out.