Blair Witch Project

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Combining Hi-8 video with black-and-white 16 mm film, this film presents a raw look at what can happen when college students forego common sense and enter the world of voodoo and witchcraft. Presented as a straightforward documentary, the film opens with a title card explaining that in 1994, three students went into the Maryland back woods to do a film project on the Blair Witch incidents. These kids were never seen again, and the film you are about to see is from their recovered equipment, found in the woods a ...
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Combining Hi-8 video with black-and-white 16 mm film, this film presents a raw look at what can happen when college students forego common sense and enter the world of voodoo and witchcraft. Presented as a straightforward documentary, the film opens with a title card explaining that in 1994, three students went into the Maryland back woods to do a film project on the Blair Witch incidents. These kids were never seen again, and the film you are about to see is from their recovered equipment, found in the woods a year later. The entire movie documents their adventures leading up to their final minutes. The Blair Witch incident, as we initially learn from the local town elders, is an old legend about a group of witches who tortured and killed several children many years ago. Everyone in town knows the story and they're all sketchy on the details. Out in the woods and away from their parked car (and civilization), what starts as a school exercise turns into a nightmare when the three kids lose their map. Forced to spend extra days finding their way out, the kids then start to hear horrific sounds outside their tents in the pitch-black middle of night. They also find strange artifacts from (what can only be) the Blair Witch, still living in the woods. Frightened, they desperately try to find their way out of the woods, with no luck. Slowly these students start to unravel, knowing they have no way of getting out, no food, and it's getting cold. Each night they are confronted with shrieking and sounds so haunting that they are convinced someone is following them, and they quickly begin to fear for their lives. The film premiered in the midnight movie section at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.
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If you've ever been camping in the woods, you know that a campfire's light doesn't reach more than a few feet into the darkness, but someone in that darkness can see you for a mile. Taking this creepy concept to its extreme, a couple of Florida film school grads turned $50,000 into more than $100 million -- proving to Hollywood that you don't always have to spend money to make money. Directors Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez dropped their three "actors" (Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard and Michael Williams) in the woods with video cameras, providing them with instructions and supplies. By the end of the film, it's easy to forget that these people aren't actually in mortal danger: we really do believe they're terrified. The Blair Witch Project is extraordinarily successful at dissolving the boundaries between film and viewer, fiction and reality. Reaction to the film is often highly mixed, with some viewers finding little suspense in the student-project concept. Donahue's character does become a little grating, and those prone to motion sickness should be forewarned: there is no respite from the jerky camerawork. But even if you don't feel The Blair Witch Project lives up to its considerable hype, it's worth seeing simply for its creative achievement -- one that proves that less can indeed be more.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/1999
  • UPC: 012236101888
  • Original Release: 1999
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  • Source: Live / Artisan
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Heather Donahue
Michael Williams
Joshua Leonard
Bob Griffith
Jim King
Sandra Sanchez
Ed Swanson
Patricia Decou
Kim Richards
Technical Credits
Daniel Myrick Director, Editor, Screenwriter
Eduardo Sanchez Director, Editor, Screenwriter
Tony Cora Score Composer
Robin Cowie Producer
Bob Eick Executive Producer
Kevin J. Foxe Executive Producer
Neal Fredericks Cinematographer
Gregg Hale Producer
Dana Meeks Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Monello Co-producer
Ricardo R. Moreno Art Director
Ben Rock Production Designer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Better The Second Time Around

    What can I say about this film that hasn't already been said? Well Like most of us who have seen this film there is a great devide; you either love it or hate it! I was one of the haters for numerous reasons. i.e. For being tricked into beleiving this was real, for feeling cheated out of my money and a lagit movie going experience, and the list goes on and on. And like most of us out there who felt this way I swore to never see, let alone spend another red cent on this film. Then one day while walking through my favorite electronics store, I just happen to pass the discount movie bin and what should I happen to find staring up at me? You got it, "The Blair Witch". I suddenly as from out of nowhere I felt compelled to pick it up and buy it. (Didn't hurt that I was bored and the thing was going for $4 bucks!) And so I did it, I went against my sworn oath and I bought The dreaded Blair Witch Project. Once I finally got home and looked at it I thought to myself, "What the hell were you thinking? You're never going to watch this!". And so I struggled for hours on whether or not to put it in the dvd player and subject myself to what I had ultimately doomed as the mind numbing torture of this horrific cinematic farse! Then I did it, I put it in, and I waited for the inevitable explosion of my brain. But, much to my surprise that didn't happen. Instead what did happen was that I found myself enjoying this, overly simple but rather creative suspense movie...Because that's what this is, a suspense movie, not a "HORROR". And by the end of it I actually did feel saticefied and admitedly rather uneasy. So my recomendation is if you hated The Blair Witch Project the first time, give it another try. And who knows maybe you'll be like me and like it better the second time around ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This was one scary movie when watching it for the first time

    I first watched this on VHS and wow this was creepy and the ending was very haunting. I agree with another reviewer where its what you don't see that is scary since you imagine on what the witch could look like or those creepy kids that were trying to get in the tent. That part still creeps me out. Better to see it if you haven't seen it in a long time or are watching it for the first time. Honestly this is better than Cloverfield (no offense to anyone who likes it).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    greatest movie ever

    this movie rocks despite the ending it will scare you that you'll have to cover your eyes or turn it off but the best thing is it looks reall i recomend this movie for serious horror movie lovers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Horror Movie Ever

    And this is coming from a person who's not usually a fan of horror flicks (most of them wind degenerating into slasher films). I slept very fitfully the night I watched this, and I had my baseball bat clutched in my hand the whole night. I'm a very rational, down-to-earth person, and I knew darned well the movie wasn't real, but I just felt better that night with a weapon in my hand. No other movie has ever had that effect on me. A must-see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Didn't Live Up To Expectations

    My friend and I rented this after seeing it on someone's Top 10 Scariest Movies of all time lits. This is a lame attempt at horror. The only scary part is the very end, and then it is cut off my the credits. The language is bad and it's slightly hard to follow the plot line since all they do is swear. I suppose if you thought it was real it would be a lot scarier, or if you've never seen a horror movie before.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice Try at Horror

    This movie is a "nice try" at a horror film with moments of fright only in what you "hope" will happen next. The disapointment is that "what you wish for" never happens and you're left with feeling like it was an okay ride up but where is the giant "ride down" the other side that scares you silly. This movie is just plain silly. Guys are better than the girl lead whom you just wish was killed off after her only good moment, "talking about coffin rock." This is one movie where the sequel is SO much better, it scared me quite a lot! See this one, just so the Blair Witch 2 is even better to you. I know my view on the 2nd movie isn't the norm but let it give you the ride that this one doesn't deliver. Enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Was Asleep

    This movie began intrigingly but soon delved into a normality so obscene and laughable that I nearly died laughing, in between bouts of troubled (I'll give it the creepy factor) sleep. At the end though I nearly lost it. It's absurd how the two that remain meet the hermit in the cabin, I won't go into semantics but I was quite annoyed. It did carry with it enough 'horror' to stay with me days later but all in all I was throughly disappointed in this effort.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not the best but pretty good.

    This movie I am forced to give a four because even though it did not scare me it did keep me entertained. It is worth a rent and if you like those kind of movies you should buy it. This movie is probably a classic. Hell I bought it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Something we haven't seen since the 70's.

    This fake documentary type movie hasn't been seen since the Italian canniabl movies from the 70's like Cannibal Holocaust. Everyone hates it but hey, look how many people were fooled by it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Bland Witch Project

    A very bland amateur production where the only suspense is wondering what could be so frightening about this movie. One would think that young adults out in the woods would have a little more composure than the way the characters behave in this movie; they appear to be nothing more than a bunch of cub scouts scared to death by some stupid campfire tale. Alltogether a very stupid movie about a bunch of immature people who couldn't find their way out of their own homes. This has to be the most overhyped idiotic 'horror' movie that I have ever seen: even the teen teaser 'Scream' series had more suspense than this pile of garbage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best film

    Wow what a film it is just to show u dont need a lote off money to make a good film. every time i see it im fritened. what a cool and good film its what you dont see what gives you the creaps!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's what you don't see

    This was the scariest movie I've ever seen. Even scarier than ''The Exorcist'' which was pretty freaking scary. What makes this so frightening wasn't the voo-doo figures in the trees, or the bloody bundle of teeth, but rather the things you don't see. The movie plants the seeds of fear with the documantary of the townsfolk recounting the stories they'd heard. Like the characters in the movie, the audience say's ''Oooh, scary. Yeah, sure. Now pull the other one.'' But when things start going wrong for the three on camera characters, (getting lost, losing the map, personality clashes, etc.) I found myself sitting up on the sofa clutching my knees. There's something out there, and since we're constanly seeing exactly from the POV of at least one of the characters, we can't see it. And neither can they. Other movies spend millions on special FX creating creatures to scare the life out us, but most folks end up looking for the zipper to the monster suit. The boogie-man in ''Blair Witch'' however, resides in the mind and imagination of the veiwer and is thus, seamless. Anyone not frieghted by this film must be desensitized buy all the hoowey that typically gets served up in this genre, their imaginations fried. The evil and monsters we dream up by our own fear are far more dreadful than anything created by latex and cgi. I've watched this over and over and it still scares the crapioli out of me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Over-Hyped Waste of Time

    Three complete dunderheads trapse into a Maryland woods, quickly getting lost and running afoul of some evil unknown terror. If you actually manage to stay awake during this stinking doo-doo pile of a mockumentary, you're treated to close-ups of said dunderheads and lots of camera shaking. If the characters were at all likeable, you might actually keep from checking your watch every ten minutes waiting for something scary to happen. More of an attempt to use the F-word more times than Goodfellas without any kind of engaging plot. Also of note, this was the only movie I've ever tried to get my money back on...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FOR SELECT AUDIENCES ONLY

    This movie should be viewed only by someone who has an open mind and does not look at the movie as something slick and expensive. One of the good things about the movie is the ultra real life presentation of the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    disturbing and obnoxious

    rare movie that you'd encounter these days will split people in two camps, ''utterly disappointed, shaky camera, dumbheads wondering around the woods, etc.'' vs ''scared the living hell, best thrilled, suspense at its best''. that movie, including pre-release hype, was a masterpiece. of marketing, of ludicrous amateur cinematography, and of playing with our very primary fears. if you saw that movie in a ''ok, bring that so called scary movie on'' mood you'd probably be disappointed. if watch it unprepared, or slightly drunk and preferrably uninterrupted (from experience) you'll forget how to blink. ps. 6 stars for the hysteria created by the studio, it was absolutely ingenious and paid off incredibly. hell, good for them! pps. dont dont dont watch the sequel. dont.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    excellent: best thriller of the decade

    The Blair Witch Project had so much hype about it before its release, it was a success before anyone ever witnessed it. There are a lot of closed minded people out there who were not entertained by the movie, so they were disappointed. However, one must look passed the obvious horror and into the realm of the mind. The Blair Witch Project is, above all else, a psychological thriller. One must position themselves into the shoes of the hunted, before they can fully appreciate the movie. Everyone may say that the movie isn't scary at all and boring, but they say that sitting in a comfortable chair stuffing their faces with snacks. I bet that same person would change their opinion of what is scary if they were lost in the woods where a legend haunts their surroundings and their minds. The beauty of the movie is its elements of mass hysteria, further explored in Book of Shadows. Was there really a witch, or was there just some demented townsperson following them. That is for the viewer to decide. All it takes is a little imagination, and an openminded attitude. As for the bad acting everyone talks about, it is a paradox, because the bad acting actually made the movie great. If the movie was all scripted out perfectly, it would've seemed to synthetic, therefore less believeable. Supposedly, the crew gave the 3 actors an idea of what to do, then set them loose in the woods. It wasn't acting, it was genuine fright. Would normal people act great and say wonderful lines if in that position, i think not. Remember, these were supposed to be average people. All of these elements combined made for one terrific movie, hands down the best horror movie of the decade. I would like to here of a better thriller.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    UTTER DISAPPOINTMENT

    I was most disappointed by this film. I'm all for ''suggested horror'' as opposed to '' openly visble horror '' but this film takes it too far. We see nothing at all, and at the end we are no more informed than at the beginning. In addition to that the continual camera shake is tiring for the spectator's eyes. This sort of thing fine for adding an original touch to a film, but a whole film like this, certainly not !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Blair Witch Project

    Blair Witch Project is the best movie I have ever seen! If you haven't watched this movie yet - do so A.S.A.P. - you will not be dissapointed. I also recommend: Book of Shadows (some folks call it: Blair Witch II).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    That's why it wasn't scary

    I really didn't like this movie because I thought it was going to be scary and it was really kind of funny. I really didn¿t understand the whole plot of the story because they just jumped from scene to scene. The characters were really fake and weren't very good actors and actresses. When they were putting this movie on TV I was getting all excited along with everyone else. When I saw it, I was actually disappointed because it was nothing like I expected. This movie almost made me fall asleep because it was boring and had very little excitement. I don¿t even understand why they named this movie the Blair Witch Project. It shouldn't be in the category of horror, it should be under boring. I wouldn¿t recommend this movie to anyone because I don¿t want anyone to be as disappointed as I was. If you like to be disappointed then rent this movie.

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    Posted November 28, 2008

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