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The Blair Witch Project (9/10)
Director: Daniel Myrick/Eduardo Sanchez
Runtime: 80 minutes
I’ve had The Blair Witch Project as my cover photo for almost 2 months now and I realised I haven’t actually done a review on it yet. For anyone who’s wondering why I chose to have it as my cover photo well there’s 2 reasons. 1. I wanted to recreate it for my profile picture. 2. It’s personally my favourite horror movie of all time and I know I’m probably in the small minority of people who think that, the majority of people I’ve met have always called the movie slow, boring and without any payoff. Today I’m going to explain in my review why I love it and for me why it deserves to be called one of the greatest horror movies of all time.
The Blair Witch Project follows three amateurs documentary makers (Heather, Josh and Mike) who step into a mysterious woods which has a reputation for supernatural horror. They hope to uncover the secrets held there, but are they alone in their search? Cannibal Holocaust was the first movie to venture into the found footage horror sub genre but The Blair Witch Project defined it, paving the way for many imitators and popularizing the found footage genre. Sadly, in doing this it did give us the Paranormal Activity fracnhise. The genius of this movie was all down to it’s marketing which claimed that this was a true story. The directors even went so far to create fake documents and news article’s and putting them online. As well as having all three actors not go out in public until after the films release, just to add to the realism of it all. The footage that we witness in the film is from the tape that was found, and this is all the footage that they could piece together for a documentary that we are now being shown.
This is a movie that doesn’t rely on special effects or cheap jump scares, in fact we never actually see anything scary through out the whole film. This is one of the biggest issues people have with the movie, because of this they resort to calling it extremely boring. In my eyes this is brilliant and what I want in a horror movie, it scares the audience without actually showing anything scary. It leaves everything to our imagination and sometimes what we imagine can be much more terrifying than actually seeing the monster. The only thing we ever get like this in the film is a brief scene where the characters hear whispering and running outside their tent. We never find out who this was, whether it was the Blair Witch playing tricks on them or they truly are beginning to go insane. The characters start to feel enclosed in this maze of a forest and for me building on this suspense and tension is much more frightening than simply showing the Witch and having her scare the characters.
I’ve heard complaints from people who say the characters ramble on to much. Personally I love this as how would you react if you’ve been stuck in a forest for days, you wouldn’t know how to react and your mind would be playing tricks on you leading to you rambling on for ages. All this just adds to the realism of the movie and I much prefer how everything is improvised by the characters over the scripted Paranormal Activity movies. Has this movie aged well? In my opinion yes, it still holds up to date and is the best in its genre. However, I can imagine the whole tagline of it meant to be real does not feel the same now as it did back in 1999 during the films release. I love all the lore about the Blair Witch, from the woods, to Rustin Parr, to the Witch herself. I think everything is extremely interesting and enjoy the film even more when I rewatch it as I know pretty much all the backstory for the littlest things that are mentioned during the film. Such as who Rustin Parr was.
Overall The Blair Witch Project is one of the most important films to ever happen to the Horror genre. It may not have started the found footage genre but it definitely defined it, and with it paved the way for many imitators. Its a brilliant film that doesn’t rely on jump scares and cheap gimmicks, instead offering the audience a film built on tension and suspense and allowing the audience to use their own imagination to piece together the rest.