There doesn't seem to be any middle of the road for people who have seen The Blair Witch Project; either you love it or hate it. Personally, it was one of the scariest movie-going experiences of my life, and I have seen a lot of allegedly scary movies. I recall an e-mail to my brother saying I had found the <bleep>ing Holy Grail of horror films. The pseudo documentary style drew me into the film in a way a dramatic narrative couldn't, and a packed opening weekend audience filled with similarly riveted people made for a highly memorable experience.

As reported back in October right here on Cinematical, Blair Witch co-director Eduardo Sanchez's new film Altered is heading directly to DVD on December 19 thanks to Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Dread Central reports (by way of Fangoria.com) that the trailer for Altered is up and running on Youtube. I'm inclined to think the second directorial effort from one of the guys behind Blair Witch would be worth a look, but the trailer doesn't do much to inspire me. The film is about four men who were abducted by aliens several years ago. A fifth person who was abducted at the same time has never returned. Now the four survivors have captured one of the aliens and it's payback time. It's a premise with some merit, even if it does remind me of Fire in the Sky, but if I hadn't read the synopsis I would have been totally lost, as the trailer does nothing to explain what the film is about. On the strength of Sanchez's first film, I'll still be checking out Altered, but I don't see this trailer convincing anyone to watch the movie.

[Via Fangoria]
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