Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Directed by Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez

Starring Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard, Bob Griffin


A very scary movie. A sadistic mix of the mood and atmosphere of Deliverance with the style and monster stories of Night of the Living Dead. A campfire classic.

Let me get it straight. The Blair Witch got Josh, and the man who makes people stand in the corner got the other two? The end was nice.

Ingeniously made. Smacks Hollywood horror in the face. Might be the start of a new way to make movies. Perhaps the best way to coax a good performance out of an actor. Frighteningly real, truly fantastic performances by all. Great casting. Where did they find all these great actors in redneck country? I’d love to see Heather get an Oscar.

Smart advertising campaign and a great hoax. Even though you know it’s fake going in, you’re still caught up in the moment. Seemed very real with the performances and documentary-style footage. But after a bit of thinking, I thought of a few reasons why the film couldn’t have been real. First of all, the characters held their cameras to their face the entire time (if I thought I was gonna die, holding a camera up to my face would be the last thing I’d want to do). Regular people would probably have come up with very little usable footage, let alone footage with proper focus, exposure, and sync sound. Second, regular people in these situations would be traumatized by the experience. Lawsuits galore. Third, making a movie out of footage of innocent people being stalked and killed is sadistic, uncool, and not likely to be funded by a major distributor. It would appear on the nightly news or RealTV, not in the theater. And fourth, researching reveals that the myth really doesn’t exist.

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