Saturday, 3 December 2011

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

The Blair Witch Project,1999,USA
Directors:Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez
Stars:Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams and Joshua Leonard

"Three film students travel to Maryland to make a student film about a local urban legend... The Blair Witch. The three went into the woods on a two day hike to find the Blair Witch, and never came back. One year later, the students film and video was found in the woods."

The movie that became a phenomenon,Upon its release,the events that take place in The Blair Witch Project were famously believed to real,In similar fashion to "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" in 1974 but unlike that film Blair Witch came out at a time where internet was available,The fact that this low budget independent was able to fool the world is a testament to its Directors Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez who make Blair Witch feel frighteningly authentic.Of Course we now know that these events didn't occur but that doesn't take away from the horrific jolt that The Blair Witch Project continues to have on audiences.

The Blair Witch Project gives a frightening twist to the old saying "If you go out in the wood today.." as three amateur but ambitious filmmakers travel to the woods where they search for evidence of The Blair Witch,A famous legend about a hermit who kidnapped seven children in the 1940s and brought them to his house in the woods, where he tortured and murdered them.What begins as simple documentation turns horrific as the trio become lost in woods,trying to find a way back to their car they seem to just keep walking in circles,The three begin loosing their touch with reality as strange occurrences take place during the night.

I've seen The Blair Witch Project at least have a dozen times, I've never thought of it as a great film but there's always been something about it that keeps me coming back.The film shot completely on two different hand held cameras has a great re watch value,I think its gets better with every watch as you find something new to like about it.Although Blair Witch seems to have a slightly bad reputation these days,i do think it is a terrifying concept and is executed extremely well,The final 10 minutes is especially suspenseful featuring a final image and moment that's not easy to forget.Also The three principal actors whether you find them annoying or not sell their roles really well,and the direction from Myrick and Sánchez is great.

Like or not Blair Witch is historic in the horror genre,sure it wasn't the first found footage horror film ever made but its the one that brought it into the mainstream and is part of the reason we have films like "Paranormal Activity","Rec" and "Cloverfield".Blair Witch is low budget do it yourself horror filmmaking at its most entertaining,It may not be perfect but its frightening,what more could you ask for? I Give The Blair Witch Project 3 and a Half Unseen Witches Out Of 5.

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