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The Blair Witch Project (Full Screen)

Heather Donahue , Michael C. Williams , Daniel Myrick , Eduardo Sánchez    R (Restricted)   DVD
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The Blair Witch Project
Anyone who has even the slightest trouble with insomnia after seeing a horror movie should stay away from The Blair Witch Project--this film will creep under your skin and stay there for days. Credit for the effectiveness of this mock documentary goes to filmmakers Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez, who armed three actors (Heather Donahue, Michael Williams, and Josh Leonard) with video equipment, camping supplies, and rough plot outlines. They then let the trio loose into the Maryland woods to improvise and shoot the entire film themselves as the filmmakers attempted to scare the crap out of them. Gimmicky, yes, but it worked--to the wildly successful tune of $130 million at the box office upon its initial release (the budget was a mere $40,000).

For those of you who were under a rock when it first hit the theaters, The Blair Witch Project tracks the doomed quest of three film students shooting a documentary on the Burkittsville, Maryland, legend of the Blair Witch. After filming some local yokels (and providing only scant background on the witch herself), the three, led by Heather (something of a witch herself), head into the woods for some on-location shooting. They're never seen again. What we see is a reconstruction of their "found" footage, edited to make a barely coherent narrative. After losing their way in the forest, whining soon gives way to real terror as the three find themselves stalked by unknown forces that leave piles of rocks outside their campsite and stick-figure art projects in the woods. (As Michael succinctly puts it, "No redneck is this clever!") The masterstroke of the film is that you never actually see what's menacing them; everything is implied, and there's no terror worse than that of the unknown. If you can wade through the tedious arguing--and the shaky, motion-sickness-inducing camerawork--you'll be rewarded with an oppressively sinister atmosphere and one of the most frightening denouements in horror-film history. Even after you take away the monstrous hype, The Blair Witch Project remains a genuine, effective original. --Mark Englehart

Curse of the Blair Witch
Are you wondering just exactly who the Blair Witch was? What the Burkittsville, Maryland, legend was all about? Or what exactly fascinated student filmmaker Heather and what possibly took her, Mike, and Josh from this earth? Get all your background questions answered by Curse of the Blair Witch, a one-stop-shopping "documentary" originally produced for the Sci-Fi Channel as a tie-in marketing tool. Entirely fictionalized, Curse of the Blair Witch focuses both on the past and the present, with copious info on the Blair Witch myth as well as on the disappearance of Heather, Josh, and Mike. As it turns out, the original witch was one Elly Kedward, who was accused in 1785 of taking blood from several children; she was subsequently banished to the harsh winter woods and left for dead. Her grisly and bloody legacy involves missing children, polluted water, disemboweled men, and a serial killer of children who claims to have been haunted by "an old woman ghost." Aside from some ineffective "newsreel" footage of the serial killer, all this intriguing information is presented convincingly and chillingly. Curse may in fact freak you out more than the movie, and it evokes the great, pulpy In Search Of series of the '70s, one of the prime inspirations for filmmakers Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez. News clips of the search for Heather, Josh, and Mike lend a vérité atmosphere to the proceedings, but shed little light on their mysterious disappearance or their characters. Basically, it's a tease to go see the movie. Still, The Blair Witch Project provided only ever-so-slight information on the legend that haunted the forest, so you'll want this cleverly constructed mock documentary to supplement your knowledge of the film. --Mark Englehart

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Blair Witch Project July 8 2004
Format:DVD
Okay, I'm going to be hated for this review but oh well. In my opinion (which is correct of course:) The Blair Witch Project is the best horror flick to be made within the last two decades. The Sixth Sense, The Ring (American version), Finale Destination: These films are not scary. Entertaining maybe, but definitely not scary. The Blair Witch may not make you scream or jump out of your seat with fear, but it gets under your skin. It's one of those films that people should put themselves into and imagine what life would be like for them in a situation such as this. What the Blair Witch lacks in visuals is more then made up for in sheer originality. The Blair Witch Project is a creepy and disturbing film that is far greater then what most people give it credit for. A most excellent film indeed :).
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3.0 out of 5 stars eek. (lower case "e") Feb. 14 2004
Format:DVD
I think how scared you are by this movie may be directly proportionate to how frightening you find the idea of being out in the middle of the woods... personally, I've always found it rather relaxing. All told, I was a bit disappointed in the film. The technical aspects didn't bother me at all, but I expected a bit more creativity. Frankly, it's rather surprising that large numbers of people went to see this movie. There just isn't much to it. The setup is too brief and cursory - we don't really even meet the characters or learn much about the legend or see much of the townspeople. And since we're told in advance that no one will be returning, all that's really left is a documentary on how humans deteriorate mentally and emotionally under stress. Not that it isn't convincing, but had they given us a bit more to think about early on, there might be more motivation to keep watching (e.g. "what did _X_ mean?", or "how will such-and-such turn out?"). And does anyone really believe they'd still be filming and carrying heavy gear once survival became an issue? But anyway, credit to the filmmakers for being original and giving us something different. Maybe next time out they could introduce some elements of plot, just to help the conceit along.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling April 19 2000
Format:DVD
Clearly, based on the complaints, most of us watch movies with a passive stance; waiting for loud music and expensive special effects to pull us into the screen. To put yourself into the shoes of any one of those 3 students and stay there would be enough to disturb you and captivate you long after the movie ends. I have been a horror buff for years and this one found a way past the hollywood machine right into my psyche. When you watch it; be still and brave enough to enter the Blair Witch world...It'll bite so good!
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Blair Witch Project (1999) May 31 2004
Format:DVD
Director: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez
Cast: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard.
Running Time: 82 minutes.
Rated R profanity and some tense situations.
Perhaps using the most ingenius marketing scheme of all time, this hoax of a documentary film grossed over $130 million in the theatres and became one of the most talked-about horror films of the past decade. The cinematography is nothing more than a hand held camcorder, following around the likes of supposed "actors" who spend most of their time running around the woods paranoid out of their minds (which is obviously supposed to be scary). Directors Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez claimed that the film was restored footage from a group of filmmakers studying an urban legend and then were never found.
The premise is simple enough--"Blair Witch" is a documentary recording the events of three filmmakers who meet an uncertain fate while investigating the old legend of the Blair Witch deep in the midst of the Maryland woods. Despite the fact the entire film later was found to be a fake, it is a film that does have some tense moments, especially the finale; however, "The Blair Witch Project" is certainly not a modern day horror masterpiece by any stretch and will probably more likely succeed at making your feel sick to your stomach due to the jerky camera movements than anything relatively frightening on screen.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not What It Could Have Been April 29 2004
Format:DVD
I really, really wanted to like this movie. The days of independent drive-in-type movies that were made with a minimal budget but lots of imagination are long gone. True, they were often a hit-and-miss proposition; some were great, some were awful, but they were uniformly fun to watch. Not so now. Hollywood has appropriated the horror movie. Such a movie now is a multi-million dollar extravaganza with slick special effects and a cookie-cutter plot. So, I was hooked by the ad campaign for this movie. It was presented as a triumph of the cinematic outsider using a mimimal budget and a lot of ingenuity to overcome the restrictions of an entrenched Hollywood that all too often caters to the lowest common denominator possible. Unfortunately, this film was a great disappointment to me. The shrill, amateurish acting I could have withstood. After all, a lot of landmark horror movies ("Night of the Living Dead" is one that immediately comes to mind, or "Carnival of Souls") are not noted for the efficacy of its actors. This plot, however, is pretty non-existent. Basically, it consists of unpleasant people staggering lost through the woods and screaming at each other. Hopefully, one of the benefits of this film is that it will inspire other budding movie-makers to scrape together whatever resources they can and give it their best shot at translating their inner vision onto film. It is to be hoped that such films will be more inventive and entertaining and frightening than this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Liked this film when I first saw it and still ...
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Published 2 months ago by nobody
1.0 out of 5 stars Mensonge / Lie !!
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Published 11 months ago by marsy
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5.0 out of 5 stars The scariest
When I got this film, I thought it would be just another scary movie...I was WRONG. This film is theoratically very possible and can happen to people. Lost in the woods. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2011 by Jesse King
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh, my God...
I heard this movie was scary, and, it was, but I can't understand all the swearing. For example, I got on the site, Internet Movie Database, that the word F*CK, was used 133 times. Read more
Published on Sept. 5 2005 by RICK
1.0 out of 5 stars The Worse Hoax Ever
It is the worse movie ever made.
Published on Nov. 7 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary As HEll!!
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Published on Aug. 3 2004 by Deimos
1.0 out of 5 stars What's the point?
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Published on July 16 2004 by Leonard Snerdley
5.0 out of 5 stars i havent seen it a long time
but i rember that when i did see it i peed in my pant.(i was 9 i was scared!) and i literly couldnt sleep for 3 days!! advise for parents:dont let a 9 year old watch this movie...
Published on July 9 2004 by torrie
1.0 out of 5 stars Well, I'll admit that I purchased the thing used...
Maybe I'm cynical...but a movie about three college students going out into some woods and yelling at each oher? This is entertainment?
Published on July 8 2004 by Bill Board
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