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Blair Witch Petition: Results

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The Blair Witch Petition: Petition Results

The Blair Witch Petition has garnered an unprecedented amount of support from fans spanning 50 countries and over 100 movie and horror-related websites. What follows are the results of the Blair Witch Petition.

Blair Witch Petition: Industry support

While fan support has been overwhelmingly positive, most surprising is the outpouring of support from the horror community, especially horror-related websites and support through social media, particularly Facebook and Twitter. Many horror websites have gone so far as to not just republish the petition, but write articles in multiple languages spanning over 50 countries from around thew world. Below are the sites that we are aware of that actively support our efforts, and we’re learning of new contributors on an almost daily basis.

Special thanks go out to our friends at BlairWitch.net, the oldest continuously operating Blair Witch fan site. Our gratitude also goes to out to the folks at PromoteHoror.com  for their massive marketing effort on Twitter. It goes without saying that we are eternally grateful to Eduardo Sánchez for his encouragement and support through this process.

Blair Witch Petition - Supporting Websites

Blair Witch Petition: Participation by Continent

Support for the Blair Witch Petition has been a global phenomenon, spanning six continents. Unsurprisingly, the largest contribution in terms of signatures and coverage is North America with 65% of all signatures, followed by Europe with 28%. South America, Australia, Asia, and Africa make up the remaining 7%.

Blair Witch Petition - Signatures by Continent

Blair Witch Petition: Signatures by Country

Predictably, the United States accounts for the vast majority of signatures with 60%, followed by UK and Germany with 9% each, and Canada with 6%. Some 49 additional countries (mostly in Europe) make up the remaining 17%.

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Blair Witch Petition: United States Results

Since the United States accounts for 60% of total signatures, we provide a breakdown by state, as to how fan contribution is distributed.  Surprisingly, residents of all 50 states and Washington DC contributed to the petition. Over 50% of the signatures originated from 8 states. California is responsible for the vast majority of signatures with 11.6% followed by New York with 8.3%, Pennsylvania with 7.1%, Texas with 5.9%, Florida with 5.4%, Illinois with 5.1%, Maryland with 4.4%, and Michigan with 3.6%. The remaining 42 states and Washington DC make up the balance of the signatures.

Blair Witch Petition - Signatures by State

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What Industry Insiders are Saying

Oren Peli, Director Paranormal Activity (2007) – “As a long-time fan of found-footage movies and Blair Witch Project, I would love to see an extended version released!”

Jamie Nash, Writer Lovely Molly (2011), V/H/S/2 (2013), Exists (2014)  – “BWP was a master class in ‘leave ’em wanting more’. We want more! Show us!”

Brad Miska, Bloody Disgusting  – “I think it would be a really interesting experiment and exercise in filmmaking. Recutting the found footage film that started it all AFTER 15 years after the evolution of the Subgenre would be so surreal.”

Dean Alioto, Director The McPherson Tape (1989), Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County (1998) – “Having made two found footage films of my own before Blair Witch Project, I didn’t realize what an exciting new genre I was working in until I saw Blair Witch. Would love to see the raw, uncut, version of BWP!”

Amanda Gusack, Director In Memorium (2004) – “I would love to see an extended edition. Blair Witch gives me chills to this day.”

James Cullen Bressack, Director Hate Crime (2012), To Jennifer (2013), Pernicious (2014) – “An extended edition of Blair Witch would be amazing. I remember the first time I saw the film was with a group of friends and everyone thought it was real!”

Tom Jorgensen, Director St. Osmund’s (2013) – “The Blair Witch Project isn’t just a horror masterpiece, it’s a cinematic landmark. To get an extended cut of the movie would help fans and filmmakers for decades to come get a more complete understanding of this piece of cinema history.”

Johnny Macabre, Owner, TheBlood-Shed – “Blair Witch is one of the most important movies in the horror history. Few other films have changed the genre upside down like this film about 3 kids in the woods with a camera.”

Jay Kay, Host, Horror Happens Radio, HorrorHappens.com – “It’s not a question on where this film belongs and sits on the list of the most influential horror films and found footage in history…  It is the list and has been a hallmark of what horror has been about for the last 15 years that will extend with this needed footage .”

Doc Rotten, Owner, Gruesome Magazine, Host of Horror News Radio – “16 years ago, The Blair Witch Project scared me silly. As a fan of found footage films, an Extended Director’s Cut would scare me even more today!”

‘Tweek’, Owner BlairWitch.net – “Dying to see the rest of the story. The more footage the better. Fans have wanted this for years. Let’s make this happen.”

Rob Hauschild, Owner, Wild Eye Releasing – “The Blair Witch Project is a milestone for independent horror. Every unseen frame should be made available for fans and filmmakers alike.”

Nicolas Sébastien Landais, Director On Vous Ment (Mockumentary Film Festival, France) – “Like many people, The Blair Witch Project was the first Found Footage movie I watched. Now is the perfect time to rediscover this cult found footage classic in a very new way.”

Dustin Austen, Showrunner, Haunted World of CW – “Seeing an extended version of Blair Witch would be a revelation to film students and cinema fans alike. This version needs to be seen.”

Gav Chuckie Steel, Director Preternatural (2015) – “The Blair Witch Project is legendary in the found footage genre. To NOT see a longer cut is almost criminal.”

Javier Attridge, Director Wekufe: The Origin of Evil (2016) – “Just to think of an extended version of “The Blair Witch Project” gives me Goosebumps; this movie has inspired so many of us to go beyond the just making of a movie.”

John Heatz, Owner GamersSphere.com – “Such an iconic horror movie as The Blair Witch Project deserves an extended cut, even if it is 16 years later”

Michael Varrati, Screenwriter Tales of Poe (2014), Flesh for the Inferno (2015) – “The preservation and presentation of this additional footage would be a boon to horror fans and a great addition to the Blair Witch legacy.”

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