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The Blair Witch Project (1999)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 153
Fresh: 133
Rotten: 20

Critics Consensus: Full of creepy campfire scares, mock-doc The Blair Witch Project keeps audiences in the dark about its titular villain -- thus proving that imagination can be as scary as anything onscreen.

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 37
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: Full of creepy campfire scares, mock-doc The Blair Witch Project keeps audiences in the dark about its titular villain -- thus proving that imagination can be as scary as anything onscreen.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 2.5/5
User Ratings: 398,486

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Movie Info

Combining Hi-8 video with black-and-white 16 mm film, this film presents a raw look at what can happen when college students forego common sense and enter the world of voodoo and witchcraft. Presented as a straightforward documentary, the film opens with a title card explaining that in 1994, three students went into the Maryland back woods to do a film project on the Blair Witch incidents. These kids were never seen again, and the film you are about to see is from their recovered equipment, … More

Rating:
R (for language)
Genre:
Horror
Directed By:
,
Written By:
Daniel Myrick , Eduardo Sánchez
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Oct 26, 1999
Runtime:
Artisan Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Blair Witch Project

All Critics (153) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (133) | Rotten (20) | DVD (25)

Whenever night falls, the movie takes off, but in a slow creep, with all your childhood fears of the dark suddenly revealing themselves as absolutely reasonable.

Full Review… | September 29, 2014
CNN.com
Top Critic

The very crudeness of the film stock and technique contribute mightily to the feeling that things are out of control, disoriented and possibly subject to unnatural laws.

Full Review… | September 29, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Blair Witch is the most dangerous film in captivity. It's a no-excuses horror show with an emotional wallop like falling headlong into a bear trap.

Full Review… | September 29, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

You can dismiss The Blair Witch Project as a trick. Or you can give in to the treat and savor that rarest of accomplishments in a field notorious for tedium and repetition -- an original horror movie.

Full Review… | October 5, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The thought that Blair Witch Project just might be real makes it much scarier than any of the teen horror flicks that have stumbled along in recent years.

October 5, 2013
Associated Press
Top Critic

The Blair Witch Project" is the scariest movie I've ever seen. Not the goriest, the grossest, the weirdest, the eeriest, the sickest, the creepiest or the slimiest... Just flat out the scariest.

Full Review… | October 5, 2013
Washington Post
Top Critic

Easily the scariest horror picture of the '90s, a movie that can take a place among the most potent and inexorable of modern shockers, like Night of the Living Dead or The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

Full Review… | September 29, 2014
New Times

It is a triumph of intelligence over special effects, guerrilla filmmaking over Hollywood spectacle.

Full Review… | September 29, 2014
Spokesman-Review (Washington)

Feel free to admire it: As a cheeky, clever stunt, it deserves it. Enjoying it fully might be a bit more difficult.

Full Review… | September 29, 2014
Florida Times-Union

The abrupt, unforgiving way the film ends is still shocking despite all the film's imitators, and it's a strong finish to a film that spends a little too much time wandering.

Full Review… | September 11, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

No doubt part of the reason that the film has affected some viewers so intensely is because it requires them to fill in a lot of blank spaces, to exercise a perceptive muscle which, especially among younger viewers, may have grown flabby from neglect.

Full Review… | October 5, 2013
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Scary without being explicit, it's a 1990s cinematic landmark, and best judged away from the hype.

Full Review… | October 5, 2013
Radio Times

Don't go see The Blair Witch Project alone; it's too scary to sit through without company. Thrillingly, nauseatingly so.

Full Review… | October 5, 2013
People Magazine

It's like watching actors rehearse Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf in the forest.

Full Review… | October 5, 2013
Philadelphia Daily News

Its shaky camera work and fuzzy images get monotonous after a while, and there's not much room for character development within the very limited plot.

Full Review… | October 5, 2013
Christian Science Monitor

It's a thrill to behold this supernaturally accomplished triumph of guerrilla filmmaking technique.

Full Review… | October 5, 2013
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

This terrifying ghost story is guaranteed to haunt filmgoers long after they've persuaded themselves that it's only a movie.

Full Review… | October 9, 2012
Baltimore Sun

Audience Reviews for The Blair Witch Project

½

Starts out creepy enough but quickly descends into a boringly trite and suspense-free rip-off of "Cannibal Holocaust". It also does not help that the three students are ultra-whiney and complete idiots (I have trouble sympathizing with characters that get lost in a forest despite possessing a compass and a map).

Similar to "Paranormal Activity" where most of the scare tactics comprise of repetitive teasing that has little to underwhelming pay-offs. It also contains one of the lamest endings to a film ever.

In the end, this horror schlock is more famous for it's gimmicky "true-story" marketing and found-footage style (which was cutting-edge for the time before it was over-used thanks to the popularity of this film and "Paranormal Activity") than as a quality piece of cinema.

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Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

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Awful trash. Not scarey...just pathetic.

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cchclaw
Christian C

Super Reviewer

An atmospheric, genuinely creepy horror movie that gets unfairly bashed just because people can't appreciate the art of building suspense through the use of setting. Basically, you either come to hate the characters for what idiots and whiners they are (and they are, but you still want them to get out safely), or you are fascinated by the dread and horror that slowly creep in when the group gets lost and realizes that they are not alone. The hand-held camera shooting style is the main reason why it's so terrifying. The ending is truly haunting as well. This movie was the first of its kind when it came out, and the influence it had on the horror genre is irrefutable.

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Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

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Possibly one of the most innovative horror films ever made. The Blair Witch Project is not only consistently scary but also a recreation of modern horror in the sense that it explores how not knowing the source of what is frightening you is a far worse experience than actually staring the threat in the eyes. It's a film that benefits from it's micro budget restraints, and is much better than what it could have been as a result. Namely a generic stalk horror movie. The acting is also much better than I first expected, I sincerely hope the cast get a chance to take part in some great things any time soon. I have to say that despite it's lack of developed characters you believe in them and care for the horrible situation that they're in. A situation that you also don't fully understand. It is wonderfully directed, and probably the only found footage horror i've ever seen where I genuinely believed the events that took place were part of reality. The only mistake made was a slight repetition of plot points. Nevertheless this is really worth watching, it isolates you, makes you ponder, stays with you, and distresses your psychology almost effortlessly. Some people might give The Blair Witch Project a bad time, but those same viewers probably require serial killers and monsters handed to them on a silver platter to feel alarmed, rather than allowing the power of atmosphere and imagination to slip underneath their skin.

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