The Blair Witch ProjectClosed Captioning
Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sanchez
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The Blair Witch Project follows a trio of filmmakers on what should have been a simple walk in the woods, but quickly becomes an excursion into heart-stopping terror. As the three become inexplicably lost, morale deteriorates. Hunger sets in. Accusations fly. As the end of their journey approaches, they realize that what they are filming now is not a legend...but their own descent into unimaginable horror.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 146
- Fresh: 127
- Rotten: 19
- Average Rating: 7.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: I have seen the new face of movie horror and its name is The Blair Witch Project, a groundbreaker in fright that reinvents scary for the new millennium.
Fresh: Heather's shaky video work can induce motion sickness -- it looks like combat footage as she bolts through the woods -- but just try turning away.
Fresh: The thought that Blair Witch Project just might be real makes it much scarier than any of the teen horror flicks that have stumbled along in recent years.
Fresh: A cunningly conceived and crafted exercise in suggestibility and terror.
Freaky watching by yourself!!
When the characters are in the tent and you hear the children laughing, the baby crying, and twigs breaking with footsteps getting closer to the tent in the middle of the woods at like 2am with nobody else around the hair on your neck stands up. But when the tent flap starts to move like some body feeling it and trying to get in, you just freak out. This whole movie is made perfectly because it is done with normal movie cameras and not the fancy ones so it looks like a movie any person would make which makes it more real. SPOILER ALERT- You never see the witch. That makes it 100X better than all the movie now. They don't ruin it showing the witch. Another terrifing part is when their friend is missing all day (and they find his teeth in a cloth) but in the middle of the night inside while they are inside thier tent, they hear thier freind calling them. And thats all I will tell you. You got to see it.
Fantastic example of immersive filmmaking...
This film is not for horror film fans. Traditional horror films contain a few common threads that put them in that genre: a plot with a million holes, a formulaic killer-kills-horny-teens-then-meets-their-match approach, and most importantly, an omniscient view of events for the audience. Keeping the audience third-person and seperate from the events in a horror film is what makes movies like Halloween, the Friday the 13th films, all the way up to even Hostel or Turistas fun to watch...You're safe and you know it. However, the Blair Witch Project throws these rules away, creating a piece of documentary fiction where you, the audience, are stuck behind the eyepiece of Heather's 8mm camera (that handheld jerkiness is what makes this film a 4 star instead of a perfect 5). Josh said it best in the film, that "when you look at it through the camera, the world isn't quite as real". There is no omniscient safety, no real plotted story, no formulaic killer here. There is just the suspense of being lost in the woods, discovering that you're being hunted, and the experience of a complete loss of control over one's environment. It's not a horror film at all, and that obviously turned a lot of slasher fans off. However, if you really sink into it, you'll find a claustrophobic and terrifying trip that will force you to vividly imagine what really scares you out there in the dark.
i'm never going hiking again....
this could be real. those three kids could be dead. that could be me. that could be you. they go out in the woods shooting a documentary. get spooked by a few creepy sites. piles of stones that are grave markers. sticks tied together in the shape of people hanging from trees, dozens of them. get lost, lose the map. get chased in the dark. find their own grave markers outside their tents. i could honestly believe this happened and those people are dead. i can believe they found this footage a year after they went out. i can believe it, and that's what's scary. no demons, no possessed chucky dolls, no freddy crooger, no jason, no aliens, no creepy porcupine creatures in red cloaks, no vengeful japanese ghosts. this could have happened. this did happen.
- Genre: Horror
- Released: 1999
- © 1999 Blair Witch Film Partners Ltd. All Rights Reserved.