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Blair Witch – First Clue to the Reveal Found in The Woods Trailer?

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One of my favorite parts of the Blair Witch franchise was all the mythos and supplements left for fans. Something told me after last night’s surprise screening of Blair Witch (review) that there had to be something… ANYTHING… hidden somewhere. I then went back to the original The Woods trailer (the faux title of Blair Witch for those of you not playing along), and YES, I think I found something.

Say what you want about the Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, it did a good job leaving easter eggs for fans to find. Case in point: The Secret of Esrever.

What was that, you ask; allow to me point you to BlairWitchProBoards:

Before we go any further, ‘Esrever’ is ‘reverse’ said (spelled) backwards. In Blair Witch 2 the secret was actually a phrase put together by the following moments…

The words which form the message are found next to the character of Erica – Remember, her quest was to commune with Elly. The phrase begins with “Seek me no further or” …

  • The campfire’s flames in front of Erica have the word “Seek.”
  • The ground next to Erica has the word “me.”
  • The window behind Erica has the word “no.”
  • The headstone reads “Treacle” in reference to the last name of a little girl who drowned in August 1825, but then changes to the word “further.”
  • The RUG pattern under Erica has the word “or”
  • After these words are seen, the character of Tristen does in fact speak this sentence in reverse: “the children will again walk free.”

Combined we get “Seek me no further or the children will again walk free,” and that is The Secret of Esrever.

On to The Woods teaser trailer…

At exactly 1:24 seconds in, something is CLEARLY whispered in reverse. A nod to Esrever perhaps?

Listen for yourself.

Immediately I called Ben Rock, the man responsible for the infamous stickman and director of the TV special “The Burkittsville 7.” He ran the entire trailer in reverse, and here’s what we came up with…

LISTEN HERE to The Woods trailer in reverse. The whisper is at the very beginning… LISTEN HERE to the isolated whisper from The Woods trailer.What do you hear? Is there something weird? Let us know!

The cool part? Even if you noticed the reverse whisper at 1:24 of The Woods, you wouldn’t have thought anything of it. But for fans… it could be a nod and one that makes us feel all warm and spooky inside.

For shits and giggles, we even reversed all the audio for the official Blair Witch trailer!

LISTEN HERE to the Blair Witch trailer in reverse. Oddly enough… in reverse it sounds as if the woman singing is saying, “I Shall Be Back” for the duration of the trailer.

Hear anything? Let us know!

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Written by Simon Barrett and directed by Adam Wingard, Blair Witch stars James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott, Valorie Curry, Corbin Reid, and Wes Robinson. Roy Lee (The Ring, The Grudge, The Strangers, It), Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity, Insidious), Keith Calder, and Jessica Wu (You’re Next, The Guest) produce.

Synopsis:
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.

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SOMA Sailing to Xbox One on December 1

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SOMA (review) will be heading to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of a new safe mode, and we have all the details you need right here!

SOMA Coming to Xbox One with New “Safe Mode”
There’s no need to be concerned. You are always safe…

Isolated, submerged in the ocean’s darkness, chaos has overtaken the halls of PATHOS-II, and the boundaries of humanity strained beyond repair. From Frictional Games, creators of the critically acclaimed Amnesia series, SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of Safe Mode.

Safe Mode introduces an optional new way to play SOMA in the Xbox One and PC releases. Protected from the hostile creatures below, let yourself sink into the mystery and atmosphere of PATHOS-II as you uncover the truth and determine the fate of the station.

SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st and is available to pre-order now. Safe Mode will launch simultaneously as a free update for PC and will be available for PS4 at a later date.

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Thelma Is Fantastic and Now You Can Watch the Opening Scene

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One of this year’s most beautiful and subdued horror films is Joachim Trier’s Thelma (review), which opens in Los Angeles tonight. To give you a bit of what the film is like, The Orchard have released the opening scene, which shows a man and his daughter hunting in the bleak Norwegian winter. When they come across a young deer, the true intentions of this trip become apparent…

Having seen Thelma, I can tell you that it’s truly something special. It’s a slow burn, to be certain, but it plays out gorgeously, resulting in a film that has yet to leave my mind.

Related Story: Exclusive Interview with Thelma’s Joachim Trier

Locations and tickets for Thelma can be found here.

Synopsis:
Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja – feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.

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Award-Winning The Child Remains Playing Tomorrow at the Blood in the Snow Festival

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The award-winning supernatural thriller The Child Remains, which has been on the festival circuit, is returning to Canada to play tomorrow night at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival in Toronto. Tickets for the screening, which is at 9:30pm, can be found at the festival’s website.

The film has won awards in festivals across Canada as well as Best Foreign Feature at the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival in London, UK.

Described as The Shining meets Rosemary’s Baby meets The Orphanage, the film stars Suzanne Clément, Allan Hawco, Shelley Thompson, and Geza Kovacs. Directed and written by Michael Melski, who co-produced the film alongside Craig Cameron and David Miller, The Child Remains is aiming for a Canadian theatrical release in Spring 2018 and a US theatrical release in October 2018.

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An expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror when they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where unwanted infants and young mothers were murdered. Inspired by the true story of the infamous ‘Butterbox Babies’ and their macabre chapter in Canadian history, The Child Remains is a twisting supernatural thriller that emphasizes story and suspense over shock and gore.

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