In October of 1994 three student filmmakers disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland, while shooting a documentary...A year later their footage was found.
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Heather Donahue decides to do a documentary about the urban legend of The Blair Witch. She takes along two other film students, Joshua Leonard and Michael C. Williams, who are just as eager to do the project as she is. Their trip was planned to go to Maryland, interview some townsfolk, film some of the historic sites in the woods and return home. A year later their camera footage was found.
Directors Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez decided to break away from the traditional cinematography and go with a first person view of the events that take place. We actually watch the majority of the movie through Heather Donahue's eyes. It was pretty creative and went well with the story and the actors.
The Blair Witch is really a feeling movie. You have to pay a lot of attention to the film and really get into the mood the scenery and actors are trying to set. There isn't any monsters, no ghosts and no gore to be seen. You have to use your imagination and focus on the feelings of the actors.
Heather Donahue and the rest of the crew do some great acting to suck you in and make you really feel like you are there scared for your life right along with them. The story kinda stalls towards the end as it seemed like they added some scenes in to make the movie longer but not noticeable on your first watch through.
The Blair Witch has set a precedence for this type of genre that was fun and enjoyable to watch. I recommend The Blair Witch to any fan and look forward to more movies of this genre.
Having watched the Blair witch project at its original release in 1999 my memories of this movie were somewhat diminished. I did remember the stirring, chilling end but I wasn’t certain that its pioneering first person perspective approach would hold up to its recent and terrifying successors like the excellent paranormal activity and REC/quarantine.
So I was pleased and scared equally when I revisited the movie last Halloween weekend.
The film is still as chilling as ever and the even more disturbing mythology of the legend connected perfectly with the finale added an even greater depth on re-viewing.
The film works on so many terrifying levels, the deterioration of youthful enthusiasm for a passion for film making from the movies characters, the feeling of isolation and panic of being lost. Paranoia, hunger, cold, wet and tiredness all hallmarks of the camping trip from hell; compounded by the tease and horror of an unknown hunter. These people are not wanted here and do not want to be here, the feeling of impending definite peril is the most powerful device which still holds the film on a par and above most of it more recent comparable efforts. Probably still the original and best.
The Blair Witch Project sets the trend of filming movies on a handheld camera. Anyway this stupid movie is about three film students( Heather Donahue, Micheal Williams and Joshua Leonerd) who hike into the woods to find the local legend The Blair Witch. As the movie progresses they get terryfied because of footsteps, strange bark symbols, somthing bashing the tent and so on. This movie was ment to be true so why did those three turn up later much much richer( because they went missing in the film.)