Saturday, September 24, 2011

24. The Blair Witch Project

Title:        The Blair Witch Project
Year:        1999
Supernatural Thriller
Type:        A-Movie
Run Time: 87

Theatrical MPAA Rating: R-Rated

Cast: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard 

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Now prepare for a motion picture experience unlike anything you've ever seen, heard, or feared before. 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. By night, unseen evil stirsbeyond their campfire's light. By day, chilling ritualistic figures are discovered nearby. 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.

Detailed Synopsis
Personal Thoughts

1999 was obviously a memorable year for me as a movie watcher ... hence, the Blair Witch Project is the 5th movie I've covered (thus far) from 1999.

That year, we had huge blockbusters such as The Matrix and The Phantom Menace, action horror movies (Sleepy Hallow), end of the world type movies (End of Days) ... supernatural thrillers (Stir of Echoes and The Sixth Sense), and well ... then there was The Blair Witch Project.
The Blair Witch Project was (and to a certain degree, still is) a tough movie to categorize. It's often referred to as being the grandfather of found footage, mockumentary style films. When it dropped, (whether you liked it or not), it was hard denying the fact that it was unique, and that it tried to presented something fresh and new (The Legend of Boggy Creek was the only movie I had seen that was even remotely like it).
The Plot; Three student filmmakers go missing in the Maryland woods, while making a documentary about the legend (fact or fiction) of the Blair Witch.

When this movie first hit the theaters, the big question was; "Is the Blair Witch Project real, or is it a hoax?" At the time, the movie most certainly gave the impression that it was claiming to be real. I mean, there was a website ( ... and even a Sci-Fi special (The Curse of the Blair Witch) to help bring validity and authenticity to these claims. Well, whether it was real or not, (and we all know by now it's not real) it still felt real when I watched it for the first time.

Like the Paranormal Activity series, most people either love it or they hate it! These type of movies seem to have absolutely no middle ground. I enjoyed the Blair Witch Project because it did a good job forcing me to experience the emotions of being isolated, alone, lost, afraid, helpless and hunted ... and like Paranormal Activity, it made me think, it made me experience, and it made me react, something most traditional scary movies (through the overuse of blood, masks, CGI and other various effects) often fail to do. In all, outside of the blatant overuse of profanity, I found the Blair Witch Project to be interesting.

In Closing: The Blair Witch Project may not be for everyone, but it just may be for you, if you can appreciate the type of movie that it is, which is why I'm making it recommendation number 24.

What I liked:

- The acting and chemistry between actors
- The back story and legend of the Blair Witch
- The concept
- The "found footage" documentary style format
- The ending

What I didn't like:

- The vulgarity
- Some may feel that the movie doesn't show enough, doesn't have enough scary parts
- Some may feel that the movie's a bit monotonous and slow pacing
My Ratings

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1 comment:

Michael said...

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