Wednesday, July 31, 2013
So in case you just fell out of the sky, The Blair Witch Project is about some 20-somethings making a documentary about a local legend in Maryland. Apparently the producers convinced the actors that this story was real, even though it was completely fabricated for the movie. They interview a bunch of townspeople, and then take off into the woods to find evidence of the Blair Witch.
Apparently a lot of the aggravation in the woods is real. Not only did the crew torment the actors with pranks and scares, but also reduced their food rations in order to make them more irritable. Also, we all can't forget that rumor -- "you can see the period blood on her jeans! She didn't know they were going to be out there that long!"
As the hours wear on, they all seem to realize that they didn't plan this out well enough, and they're constantly lost. While constantly consulting the map, they always blame each other for their situation. Meanwhile, the weird occurrences escalate. Weird rock formations outside their tent. Things that go bump in the night. One thing you can't disparage this movie for is the acting and emotion. These people were scared as shit, and it showed. When they see the same creek again, I got a little chill. Yes, the up-close shot with the boogers and everything is a little overdone. But I don't care what y'all say. When they see those little hand prints on the wall and see dude standing in the corner -- come on, we ALL were scared.
It's easy to dismiss this movie since the found footage realm has just become so saturated. But this was truly a pioneer and if we can put aside our jaded minds for a moment, we horror fans should all appreciate this movie for what it is. Also, haters gonna hate, but I loveeeee Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows.