The Blair Witch Project Reviews
Feb 2-15 update:Watching CinemaSins reminded me how bad this movie was. The only thing remotely interesting is the ending with the guy facing the corner. Worse than YellowBrickRoad, but similar vein. The pioneer of found footage is even worse than Paranormal Activity.
First drawn to mass attention when stories started to spread of cinema goers passing out at early cinema screenings through nothing more than sheer terror. And when certain critics spoke of its new, unique style I was even more intrigued. Well as a matter of fact the style wasn't new to anyone familiar with a particularly nasty 70's movie called "Cannibal holocaust", (only here thankfully no animals were hacked to tiny pieces by the immoral crew) and the movie itself is as scary as, well it's just not scary. It is in-fact very, very dull, I zoned out every five or so mins through total boredom. Toward the end it got a little interesting, then the end credits rolled, and that was that. I'll never understand this movie's appeal, and I'll never forgive it for popularising the found-footage fad that spawned from it.
I was bored out of my mind for the first 30 minutes and one of the 3 people I went to see it with fell asleep. Beyond the first 30 minutes it just plodded along with little in the way of interest. I was glad when it was over and I could leave the movie theater.
It's immensely simplistic the plot, but that may be what makes it all the more effective; it doesn't require subplots, nor anything completely irrelevant from the current situation. It is entirely centred around the characters, their immediate plights and their conflictions, all of which relate to the present circumstances they are within. Under-appreciated by modern audiences, perhaps due to the over-saturation of blatant copies attempted after its initial release, The Blair Witch Project is harrowing to young and old, and it doesn't require anything too fancy or expensive to do it. It's simply brilliant writing, brilliant direction, brilliant performances, and brilliant scares.