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The Blair Witch Project (1999)

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The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.

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  • FoundFootageCritic

    Thank you for your comments! We finished recording our podcast last night. We’ll be posting the edited cast on Wednesday!

  • ThisHouseIsHaunted

    Love, love, love this film! It’s the most “authentic” feeling found footage film I’ve ever seen. I grew up in the northeastern woods and all of the forest scenes could have been shot in my childhood home’s backyard. I love the story of how they actually put the film together, I’ve read that they stuck the actors out in the middle of the Maryland woods with a GPS and very little food and refused to tell them what was actually going on. Each actor was given specific instructions (and told not to share them with their fellow actors) and their reactions are oftentimes completely authentic. They literally had no idea what would happen next, and what makes The Blair Witch Project so iconic is how well that translates to the screen, and continues to translate even 16 years after the fact. Can’t wait to read the review!

  • Oscar Hidalgo

    My all time favorite found footage film, still gives me some nightmares after watching it like a million times. What i like the most is how mysterious it is, how terrifying it is without showing any “paranormal entity”, just the fear of being lost, knowing that you are trap in the woods and nobody is there to help you, and also the feeling of something or someone getting behind you that makes you crazy. Is a very claustrophobic and desperate film, almost without showing anything, just assumptions of the guys and the audience that is watching the film, that’s why i like it. Oh, and by the way, that last scene still creeps me a lot.

  • K. Norton

    I saw this when it first came out, I was living in London at the time, and the ending scared the crap out of me. So I took my friend to see it the following night. She was looking through her fingers throughout the whole movie and legit was afraid to go to sleep. Anyway, we lived near Museum street, in a house that’s said to be haunted, so creepy going home in the first place. We shared the house with two guys who found it HILARIOUS that we were freaked out by the movie. We explained the ending and the standing in the corner bit and how it was creepy as fk.
    SO, they waited for the morning, heard us coming out of our room and STOOD in the corner right outside our room. Closest I ever came to shit my pants, my friend had a panic attack lol. Good times.

  • Huke Green

    The Blair Witch Project will always be in my top films. The hype around it’s release further increased it’s enjoyment.
    Being a huge fan of Horror and Documentary films in my teens and early 20s, the Blair Witch Project was an instant classic.

  • rudism

    I’ll be interested to hear your reviews of this one. I saw Blair Witch in theaters over a decade and a half ago and remember having my mind blown, simply for the fact that it was my introduction to found footage (as I’m sure was the case for many people). I haven’t watched the movie again since, and am very curious how well it holds up when measured against all of the advances in style and technology that have been made since then. I feel like I’ve been completely spoiled by more recent FF films that benefit from improved technology. Even cell phones can record 4K video nowadays, and special effects have improved significantly. While Blair Witch definitely deserves massive respect for essentially inventing the FF genre (or at least thrusting it into the mainstream), I’m hesitant to watch it again because I don’t want to spoil my memories and first impression of it by discovering that it no longer holds up. I’ve made that mistake with cherished childhood films before and there’s no putting that toothpaste back in the bottle when it happens.

  • Vito Marchese

    I watched this in the theater when it came out knowing it was fake. That might have impacted my opinion on the movie, but I thought it was pretty awful. I recently rewatched it, and feel the same way. I would be interested in reading all the tie in novels and extended reading material available for the series, though. Maybe one day. I honestly really enjoy watching Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2. I find it a much more enjoyable film. The trailer for Blair Witch 3 did catch my interest, however.

  • Chris Teece

    The only way to watch this movie is with headphones, its not just about what you see its about what surrounds you. Reading the backstory makes the movie even more frightening, this movie is truly a nightmare.

    Several children accuse Elly Kedward of luring them into her home to draw blood from them. Kedward is found guilty of witchcraft, banished from the village during a particularly harsh winter and presumed dead.
    By midwinter all of Kedward’s accusers along with half of the town’s children vanish. Fearing a curse, the townspeople flee Blair and vow never to utter Elly Kedward’s name again.

    Eleven witnesses testify to seeing a pale woman’s hand reach up and pull ten-year-old Eileen Treacle into Tappy East Creek. Her body is never recovered, and for thirteen days after the drowning the creek is clogged with oily bundles of sticks.

    Eight-year-old Robin Weaver is reported missing and search parties are dispatched. Although Weaver returns, one of the search parties does not. Their bodies are found weeks later at Coffin Rock tied together at the arms and legs and completely disemboweled.
    Starting with Emily Hollands, a total of seven children are abducted from the area surrounding Burkittsville, Maryland.

    An old hermit named Rustin Parr walks into a local market and tells the people there that he is “finally finished.” After Police hike for four hours to his secluded house in the woods, they find the bodies of seven missing children in the cellar. Each child has been ritualistically murdered and disemboweled. Parr admits to everything in detail, telling authorities that he did it for “an old woman ghost” who occupied the woods near his house. He is quickly convicted and hanged.

    Montgomery College students Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, and Michael Williams arrive in Burkittsville to interview locals about the legend of the Blair Witch for a class project. Heather interviews Mary Brown an old and quite insane woman who has lived in the area all her life. Mary claims to have seen the Blair Witch one day near Tappy Creek in the form of a hairy, half-human, half-animal beast.

    In the early morning Heather interviews two fishermen who tell the filmmakers that Coffin Rock is less than twenty minutes from town and easily accessible by an old logging trail. The filmmakers hike into Black Hills Forest shortly thereafter and are never seen again.

    • FoundFootageCritic

      Thank you for the detailed comments! I completely agree with you about watching this while wearing headphones to maximize the immersive experience. This is shaping up to be an interesting podcast. We have lots of research to prep for this one!

  • generalsleepy

    My favorite part of Blair Witch is probably the scene in which Heather is being told to put down the camera and says that she can’t, that in effect the camera is her only object of security. It’s a clever and emotionally meaningful justification for her continuing to film. Personally, I found the film overall all right, but flawed. The ending, in particular, I found dissatisfying. I felt that it verged over the edge from an ending that leaves questions unanswered to an ending that just stops the story before there’s any hint of a resolution. There is a lot of creepy potential that the film builds up that goes unrealized in the end. However, it still deserves an immense amount of respect for its role in the history of the found footage subgenre.

  • FoundFootageCritic

    We will be reviewing “THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (1999)” on episode #77 of the FOUND FOOTAGE FILES PODCAST! Post your thoughts about this classic film here! WE WILL READ YOUR COMMENTS on the podcast!!!

    • Derren Étienne

      For me, the Blair Witch project was almost a near perfect film. it got me started in my passion for found footage which see’s me now sat on around 250 of them. i loved the way they didn’t show anything yet scared us shitless. my only real criticism is that even after multiple multiple viewings, it’s still pretty difficult to tell what is in that bundle that they find, i mean i’m sure it’s teeth, everyone thinks it’s teeth, but it doesn’t clearly look like teeth. I am so excited for the new Blair Witch that i may just shit!

      • FoundFootageCritic

        Thanks for your feedback Derren. I share a similar story with Blair Witch indoctrinating me into the found footage genre. I find the slight ambiguity as to the contents of that bundle more frightening then having it clearly laid out in front of me. The imagination is a powerful thing.

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