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The Blair Witch Project [Blu-ray]
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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.
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— BEFORE THE INTERNET AS WE KNOW IT —
At the time of its release, the internet was still new. Not every movie had a website, and not every movie had a *good* website. The Blair Witch Project was very much an independent movie at the time, but they managed to create a website. The website was all they needed—especially with their killer hook: "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."
— MARKETING —
If you read that line on their website or saw it on a poster back in 1999, you were immediately hooked. That tag line was printed on their poster which only showed an inverted black and white photo of trees. It was simple. It was effective. Their website showed police photos and reports for missing persons, which helped solidify the premise of the missing students. Your morbid imagination took over, and you thought, "what happened?!" or "is this real?" or "we have to go see this."
If my memory is correct, the filmmakers didn't market the movie or say much about it—until after it was released. There were no late night talk show interviews with the actors because to play this as real as possible, they had to be "dead/missing," and therefore couldn't do interviews. The tagline, the police reports, the missing actors, these elements all sold the found footage as a real deal.
*Before* it was released, people were all talking about it. This was literally the first movie where people debated on the internet on whether it was legit, that this was actually what we now know today as "found footage". It effectively was *the first* "viral" movie. Everyone couldn't wait to see it.
It wasn't until the first showings happened that it was revealed it was a movie, and not real real.
— AN AUDIENCE DIVIDED —
This is the part where the audience is divided, and this is why I write. The ones that loved the movie were the ones that thought this was real. The ones that hated the movie were the ones that were told it's just a movie. The ones that thought this was real let their imagination fill in all the blanks, and it made the film that much scarier.
The ones watching "a movie", not understanding the intent behind it, were bored. They also complained about the shaky footage, even though the film is about amateur filmmakers making a film, and running around with a camera scared for their lives. Of course it's going to be shaky! Cinéma vérité!
— SUMMARY —
If you plan on watching this, your mindset will determine your enjoyment of The Blair Witch Project. If you can imagine yourself as that audience in 1999 that thought this was real, you *will* be creeped and scared the heck out. If you watch this like it's just another found footage movie, you might be disappointed. My suggestion? Watch this alone at night with only a soft light on, pretend someone gave you this mysterious video and told you only the tag line. See what happens then.
As for me, I think I knew it was a movie right before I first saw it, but I placed my mindset into previously thinking it was real, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Recommended.
I've watched the movie after reading the historical context and not knowing that this movie was a fake documentary. So, the entire time, I was wondering to myself if this film is real (it turned out not to be). However, absent perfect information, I had to fill my curiosity with imagination watching the film.
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I've rated this as four stars. The alternative endings weren't very good. The video quality is also poor. I would suggest buying the Amazon digital version rather than the Blu-Ray.
The audio commentary on the DVD was good, but it spoiled the ending for me, because they confirm what is in the last frame of the movie.
I totally get this movie, mainly because I've been lost in the woods before, in the night, and it was the most terrifying experience of my life. Every crack, every noise, every shadow were creeping us out. Phone batteries were almost dead, the GPS coverage on my SATNAV was poor. If you think this movie is boring and unrealistic, wait until you live the experience for yourself.
It gets 4 stars instead of 5, mainly because some of the acting was poor, especially Joshua Leonard. Watch the "I kicked the map" scene, and you'll see what I am talking about.
The commentary is especially good, as they explain how they got realistic performances from the actors by basically scaring the s*** out of them