The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Who wants to go on a camping trip now?

Brash student filmmakers Heather (Heather Donahue), Josh (Joshua Leonard) and Mike (Michael Williams) march into the woods near Burkittsville, Md., to make a documentary about the legendary Blair Witch, who’s credited with a string of heinous murders dating back 200 years. But the trio loses their way and soon find themselves surrounded by a malignant terror.

This is some brilliant marketing right here. Back in 1999 when this film was first being talked about, the filmmakers used the internet and word-of-mouth to actually make people think this was actually real. Although it wasn’t real, it’s still scary as anything.

The one real great thing about this film is from a technical stand-point its amazing. The use of camera-work is used so well because although it may be a little bit nauseating, especially when it’s moving all-over-the-place, you still feel like you’re right there with these three people, lost in the woods and trying desperately to find your way out. There is also no actual soundtrack, so the only real sounds are the sounds you would actually hear in the woods, which makes the scares equally as scary because everything here is all about noise. You hear the rustle of the trees, or the sounds of rocks hitting each other, and automatically the hair on your neck sticks right up.

Let’s also not forget to mention that this film is terrifying, without even showing anything. There is no violence, no blood, and no boogy man, or at least no boogy man that we actually see. This is what scared the most out of me because all the action that is happening, is happening off-screen and although we see nothing, our imagination is still running wild, which proves that sometimes what your mind makes up is even scarier than what you actually see. There was such a small budget here, or lack there of, but I still got more scared here by nothing, whereas many other Hollywood horror films do nothing to me. This just shows that showing nothing, can still work.

My only problem with this whole film is a little one, but still kind of took me away from the film. In the beginning of the film, Heather is talking about these books she read up on called “Surviving in the Woods”, but if she really read up on it, she would have known to just follow the way the water in the creek is going and eventually you would find land or something. This kind of took me away from the film since this seemed pretty reasonable, but then again, I still was involved with everything that was going on.

The acting from these three basically unknown actors is what makes this film work even more. Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, and Michael Williams all do terrific jobs in their own parts because they all feel real. In a film that needed realistic acting, these three give that because all the scenes where they are talking, or walking, or just being scared shit less all seem real. Even though it may not be a “real story”, you still can’t help but admire how these three take their roles, and make it seem completely realistic.

Consensus: It may not be a true story, like the film suggests, but the scares here work because you see nothing, there is no big-budget special effects, and its all about feeling and atmosphere, which makes it all feel so realistic, and equally as terrifying.

9/10=Full Pricee!!


  1. Nice. It’s really great when you come across a piece and the person agrees with your opinions.

    The Blair Witch Project is one of those divisive films that people either LOVED or HATED. No one I know is like nuetral on it – you know, eh, it was ok. No one. Its all either one way or the other.

    Personally, I love it. I love the fact that it doesn’t go over the top. The handheld style really puts you in the picture, too (although I know a lot of people hate it).

    All in all it scared me crapless, even though I never bought into that “found footage” nonsense.

    Great flick, great write-up

    • It scared me because it’s not the usual cheap scares we get in today’s day and age of horror films. Glad you liked it too my man! Thanks!

  2. One of the best horror movies I have seen. Just stumbled upon it while channel surfing on my Tv long ago and I believed that when in the beginning it mentioned it was real. The movie looks real ,being shot on hand held cameras and no art work involved , really scared me coz i believed it was real.
    Best part was after the watching the movie I opened the site and it had all the FBI search files, news footage and all ,which added to the believe. Only a few days later I realized it was a all scripted.
    The movie is probably one of the first ones to actually make it big coz of the internet. The actors too I believe came out only after 5-6 months or may be a year after its release.
    For me it was amazing , watching it raw without any knowledge of it being a fake.

  3. Spot On Review. I loved how they advertised the movie with a website for missing persons and what not. Great horror done in the most sinister way; where evil is never seen.

  4. This movie has sort of revived under the eyes of horror film academics as part of ‘art dread,’ where the monster is invisible but the characters are afraid of the worst thing that could ever happen. Love that you love this movie, it needs its defenders.

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