The Blair Witch Project (1999)

BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, THE (1999)
The success of this out-of-the-blue phenomenon now depends on your ability to see it with fresh eyes, forgetting everything you ever knew about it, including the hype. Many people malign the movie now, but its still an effective source of true cinematic terror for me. As if you didn’t know, BWP is a fake-o documentary that chronicles the last few days of three student filmmakers who’ve become lost in the woods while exploring the local witch legend. Even if the unscripted verbal confrontations test your patience there’s no denying the effect of the film’s last ten minutes. Sadly, the movie’s filmmakers never got the opportunity to make good on BWP’s success with a second feature. (There next film, a romantic comedy, was announced but as of this writing, has not materialized). Ditto the careers of the movie’s three primaries, save Heather Donahue who pops up in the odd Steak & Shake commercial from time to time. Too bad. An almost universally disliked (but not by me) sequel followed. ***

~ by Number5ive on October 9, 2008.

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