The Blair Witch Project Reviews
I've seen The Shining, Halloween,The Exorcist, Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Those are all horror films that I respect and love but they didn't quite pack the unsettling punch that TBWP did for me. Why? To sort of quote Stephen King's thoughts on the film, "the damn thing FEELS real". The movie's amateurish camera work combined with the actors very naturalistic performances and the director's very unHollywood approach to getting scares from both said actors and the audience all come together to create a truly nightmarish experience that FEELS real.
I respect this film so much for giving me a genuinely unique experience when it came to horror. It is the perfect example of less being more.
It features an unknown cast who at times seem to give quite frankly annoying performances.
The film follows a group of three 'students?' with plenty of time available to investigate a witch story in the town of Burkitsville nee Blair, Maryland, U.S. A forest town.
They film their story using a camcorder to record footage of their entry to the 'haunted' forest.
One of the three is called Josh (Joshua Leonard) who is the first to go missing.
The other two protagonists are Heather Donohue and Michael Williams the actors actual names!
Heather has a shrieking voice that drove me off the film. It was only the relatively short running time of 80 or so minutes that kept my attention.
Heather and Michael enter a house in the forest thinking they had heard Josh's voice.
Upon entering the property the footage abruptly ends after seeing handprints on the walls.
Relatively biring storyline. However the actors filmed their own footage and ad-libbed their lines apparently.