Found video footage tells the tale of three film students who traveled to a small town to collect documentary footage about the Blair Witch, a legendary local murderer. The project takes a frightening turn when they lose their way in the woods and begin hearing horrific noises.
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Blair-ly watchable. It seems like a failed attempt at a high school prank. I heard that the film makers got the video equipment at Wal-Mart and then returned it after the shoot. They should have also claimed that damages resulted from using the equipment,
I was 12 when this came out, and all my friends told me it either creeped them out or made them puke. Neither was appealing, so I skipped it. But looking at it now, it seems mostly a triumph of creating a fake "document", its pleasures as much Medium Cool as Texas Chainsaw Massacre. And I dig the conceit that, in 1999, the truest play-with-fire hubris in the face of Lovecraftian horror was making a student film.
Amateurish and silly when watched as a work of fiction. However, if you can trick yourself and watch the film as its veneer: a non-fictional account, it's actually scary as hell... and rather genius. It's so grounded into our real world and exploits our belief that urban legends/campfire tales are sometimes true, that it may be the greatest fictional true story ever told. Werner Herzog, eat your fucking heart out.
After all these years of watching this film, I still believed it was actually good from how it was done realistically and how things got spooky starting the next half. However, I can never figured out about the ending because some weird things went on. Hopefully one day somebody will explain it.
Blair Witch Project gave birth to the "found footage" horror aesthetic that we seem to overlook now. When it came out, it was a huge spectacle for it's unique approach to the horror genre and the rumours that surrounded the "recovery of the tape".
There's a level of visual abstraction here that's completely missing from its subsequent imitators. Some sequences are practically Brakhagian. A real effort was made to explore the visual possibilities of the found footage format, rather than using it for boo-scares. Another thing that separates it from its progeny: the performances are genuinely seamless.
I can't remember being so terrified by a horror movie. I also can't remember ever being shaken to my emotional core by a horror movie, or for that matter ever caring about characters in a horror movie. Well, this damn thing did it. Well done.
For those with a big imagination, this movie is TERRIFYING if you really immerse yourself into it. It's because the movie forces the audience to become involved in the movie going experience! So whether or not you will like this movie, relies entirely on yourself and your imagination. I think that the most effective aspect of this movie is the fear of the unknown and it become the manipulation of your deepest fears!!