The Blair Witch Project Reviews
I watched it again recently and still wasn't afraid or even intrigued, just tired. Tired and hungry
1) It launched the "handi-cam" cinematic device;
2) It launched the "found footage" cinematic device; and
3) It launched the "mockuhistory" backstory Internet marketing device.
The BWP started the "hand-cam" revolution adopted by many films to follow, including Cloverfield (2008). Many complaints upon its release were about viewers throwing up at the theatres due to the jagged camera action. In fact, a person 2 rows behind me threw up. I though Cloverfield's jagged camera work was much more pronounced.
The BWP also started the "found footage" device copied by Cloverfield and Trollhunter (2010) amongst others. This film truly trailblazed a genre of cinema with a low budget and is wholly underrated.
The "handi-cam", "found footage" and "Internet marketing" cinematic devices used in Cloverfield are a direct rip-off of the BWP. This earlier low-budget film is vastly underrated, especially because it trailblazed a path for high-budget films like Cloverfield, which are largely unoriginal in comparison. Cloverfield also stole The BWP's Internet "mockuhistory" backstory marketing device.
BWP is a simple, low budget film that was expertly shot to invoke terror, suspense and horror in the viewer by what happens off-screen, rather than on the screen. Often this storytelling device is much more effective than the blood and gore that so many modern viewers have become accustomed to.
I watched this on the big screen when it was originally released. The film made me think about its events long after I viewed it. It does not nearly have the same effect watching it on TV or video, especially with a number of chatty viewers. It is a psychological thriller that needs to be absorbed in isolation by the viewer for full effect.
The website and mockuhistory of the Witch was also groundbreaking in its day, adding to the hype.
Audiences typically attracted to horror films, especially teens, have become immune by the saturation of blood and gore in Hollywood thrasher flicks that they have largely forgotten how to think and become absorbed into a story. They will need to be tolerant of how the BWP is trying to convey its story. I can see that this same mass crowd would not appreciate this film and attribute a poor rating.
Saw this on 25/2/16
Its well acted and the film effectively captures the paranoia and psychological tension that its characters experience, but in the last 20 minutes, the film loses mostly all of its steam and provides a half hearted attempt. The film is also made so poorly that no one sane enough can like the chaotic cinematography that pauses too often.
Ps. The only thing I liked about this film was that some people decided to make one of the lowest budget horror movies.... And made it a classic. Impressive. Not talking to the script writer.