The Blair Witch Project Reviews
It has setup and a payoff. Something filmmakers even today should learn to Incorporate, as it works more times than it fails. Although simple in its execution, the result is no less horrifying and worth while. It leaves a lot up to the imagination, but not as so far as to restrict anything we should be seeing. Leaving us with a film that sticks with you long after seeing it.
A very solid 8/10.
A group of teenagers hike into the woods in search of the Blair Witch with the goal of making a documentary. Through a few nights of terror, the group will slowly start to stumble onto the legend that is the Blair Witch. Sadly, a year later, their equipment was found and the footage was released for the entire world to see.
This is the film that started the found footage genre. It was only two decades ago that found footage movies were basically non existent, and when this film was released, it sent major ripples through cinema. Was it real? Was this the most terrifying film of the year? When I bought this film, I wasn't expecting much, but going back and watching this so called "phenomenon", I was actually fairly impressed.
One thing this movie does great is the use of the Blair Witch. They use the beginning of the film to build up the lore and myths around the witch, and by the time the kids go into the woods, your mind is able to wander off into almost anything. Not once in this film is the witch shown (many people were upset about that), and not once was anything shown in general. All of the scares came from the reaction of the kids, sounds, and disturbing artifacts left around their tent. The witch was used to create conflict and terror among the group, while not being overused or shown. If the witch was shown, it probably would've decreased the value of the witch and if anything, it helps let your mind think of just how scary and frightening the witch could look like.
Like I said, this is where the found footage genre really started. After this was made, many creators ran out there to make their own found footage films in an attempt to replicate what this movie did. With this movie being filmed in Hi-8 video and 16-mm film, it truly felt like found footage and it made the experience just that much more real.
One thing I also really like among movies is character conflict. I just love how this witch, even though she's never seen, manages to create this conflict and divide within the group. I love how the group gets torn apart from the inside and throughout all the panic, they can't help but lose themselves in all the madness. It's a very well done psychological conflict and it adds a lot of layers to the movie.
In the end, I do recommend this film to horror enthusiasts, especially those in love with the found footage genre. This is a well made found footage movie that I'm happy to have in my collection.
If you are having trouble sleeping just watch this movie
Had to revisit this movie after the news that the sequel 'Blair Witch' is coming out in a few weeks. And although the movie hasn't aged that well, it still is pretty creepy and a cult classic of horror found footage.
~July 23, 2016~