The Blair Witch Project (1999) Movie Review

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1999 | R | Horror, Drama, Mystery
81 minutes /

User Score: 45/100

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The Blair Witch Project Review


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.

The Blair Witch Project (1999) is an American found-footage horror film that had an estimated budget of $60,000 and grossed over $248.6 million at the box office. The movie became one of the most successful independent films of all time. Directors and writers Daniel Myrick (The Objective (2008), Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000), Solstice (2008)) and Eduardo Sanchez (V/H/S/2 (2013), Lovely Molly (2011), Altered (2006)) blew viewers away with this extraordinary found footage. The Blair Witch Project has set the path for found footage productions which is a success in the film industry today if done right.

The Blair Witch Project tells us the fictional story of three student filmmakers, Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, and Joshua Leonard, who disappeared while making a documentary about a local legend, the Blair Witch. The group disappeared while hiking in the Black Hills near Burkittsville, Maryland in 1994 and were never seen again although their video and sound equipment was found about a year later with recovered footage which is what the film the viewer is watching.

The Blair Witch Project starts by showing us three friends deciding to document/video their exploration on the legend of the Blair Witch. They hiked into the Black Hills near Burkittsville, Maryland with camera in hand while speaking to the camera while walking thru the woods. The three friends share the camera which gave us the shaky cam action that I do not like and POV style. We got to see their reactions as they heard noises. Viewers will see a Vickerman-like stick crossing which indicates that the Blair Witch was near. Heather Donahue’s eyes were filled with tears as she spoke to the camera in sheer terror - that scene can be seen in the trailers.

There was no Blair Witch shown in the movie but it was still a huge success, and that is because of the haunting eerie spine chilling sensation it gives viewers. Viewers were not treated to many facts, so they improvised by using their imaginations which heighten their experience. A huge majority of viewers did not realize that the video they were watching was not real and reacted with realism towards the film as they thought it was true. The three actors, Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, and Michael C. Williams used their real name instead of character names making the film feel more authentic. The actors later revealed that most of their acting/movie was done from notes left by the directors which they followed and executed on camera.

About The Blair Witch Project 1999

Title: The Blair Witch Project
Year: 1999
Runtime: 81 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Drama, Mystery
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.25/5 stars from 11 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 11
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams, Heather Donahue, Jim King, Bob Griffin, Sandra Sánchez, Ed Swanson, Patricia DeCou, Mark Mason, Jackie Hallex
Writers: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez, Heather Donahue
Director: Eduardo Sánchez, Daniel Myrick