Film Review: “The Blair Witch Project” (1999)

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“The Blair Witch Project” created a genre and a new way of freaking out audiences worldwide. The idea that the horror may be real. Found footage, docu-horror, 1st person perspective, whatever you call it, “Blair Witch” was the very first, and set the standard.

I still get chills thinking about seeing it for the first time at an old dark theater in the city. It was midnight, I was 16 years old and had read in the newspaper that “Blair Witch” was a shot for shot reenactment of actual found footage, so that in essence, what I would be witnessing would be “real.”

I love the first 15 minutes when the trio are interviewing townsfolk. The mythology behind the film was fascinating to me.

I also recall how I felt during the final minutes of the film. So scary! Mike is walking downstairs, Heather following behind. Both are holding cameras. Mike is knocked over unexpectedly and is silenced! All we hear now is Heather screaming for Mike to answer her. Whatever is downstairs can hear her coming. We switch to her perspective as she descends the dark stairs until….

Bravo to the great ad lib acting, and to the vision of the young collegian filmmakers. Tricking the world to believe your film is real is something I doubt we’ll ever see again.

4.0 out of 4.0 stars.


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