The hysteria and rave never could fulfill my expectations and it became instead a movie I would hate and be enormously disappointed by. Numerous minutes of people screaming, quarreling, crying and saying stupid things and jokes as if it was a bad reality show on Reality TV. How hard is it to just follow the river instead of going in circles? Stupid pot-influenced teenagers.
I know it's just a work of fiction. But at some point, sometimes - I was thinking everything that happened in this movie is real. I think THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT is one of the great found-footage genre out there. I loved the way this movie tells its story. It started with nothing and kinda happy. Then, slowly turned into a nightmare. This movie didn't show its villain and that's the right decision. Made it more scary
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.
I've avoided rewatching this for some time—the studio's forced push out of the art-houses and into suburban cineplexes to cash-in and the resulting slew of subpar imitators always left a bad taste in my mouth. But after 17 years...it holds up well. The characters are still grating, but they do resonate. There's something authentically chilling about watching them descend from naive exuberance into pitch black dread.