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The Blair Witch Project

  • Drama
  • 1999
  • Daniel Myrick
  • 77 mins
  • 15
    More info: UK: Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over

Summary

Three film students head into the American backwoods to make a documentary about the fabled Blair Witch. There proves to be more to the urban legend than meets the eye, and as night falls they find themselves in very real danger. Horror, presented as camcorder footage shot by the characters during their investigation, starring Heather Donahue, Michael Williams and Joshua Leonard.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

USED 30/04/2021 For horror connoisseurs of a certain age, the idea of found footage at the dawn of the camcorder era was a revelation, when The Blair Witch Project swallowed all before it. We now take for granted the cinematic potential of smartphones and Zoom but, in Blair Witch times, this was a fresh way of scaring the hell out of ourselves while spending very little cash. Dressed as the truth by a then-novel viral internet marketing campaign, the film follows three documentary- makers (played by Heather Donahue, Michael Williams and Joshual Leonard) who head into the woods in Maryland... and never come back out. Improvising actors using lightweight digital cameras create the raw material cleverly assembled by directors Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick, as their search for the fabled Blair Witch unfolds in unnerving, often terrifying snatches. The tension is unbearable, the ending unforgettable, making this well worth staying up late for. Sweet dreams! ANDREW COLLINS USED 27/06/2018 So commonplace has the found footage device become in the age of smartphones, it's hard to convey how much of a stir this micro-budget horror caused in 1999, even though it was in fact shot on pre-digital 16mm and video. (Call Fiona Bruce!) Promoted as the truth by a then-novel viral internet marketing campaign, the conceit is that three documentary- makers went into the woods in Maryland and never came out. Improvising actors using lightweight digital cameras create the raw material cleverly assembled by directors Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick, as their search for the fabled Blair Witch unfolds in unnerving, often terrifying snatches. The tension is unbearable, the ending unforgettable. A genuine landmark.ANDREW COLLINS So prevalent has the found footage technique become, it's hard to convey how much of a stir this micro-budget horror caused in 1999. Promoted as the truth by a then-novel viral internet marketing campaign, the conceit is that three student documentary-makers went into the woods in Maryland and never came out. Improvising actors using lightweight digital cameras create the raw material cleverly assembled by directors Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick, as their search for the fabled Blair Witch unfolds in unnerving, often terrifying snatches. The tension is almost unbearable, the ending unforgettable. A genuine landmark.

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Details

Theatrical distributor
Pathe Distribution Ltd
Released on
1999-10-22
Language
English
Guidance
Violence and swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

Credits

Cast

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Heather DonahueHeather Donahue
Michael WilliamsMichael Williams
Joshua LeonardJoshua Leonard
IntervieweeBob Griffith
IntervieweeJim King
IntervieweeSandra Sanchez
IntervieweeEd Swanson
IntervieweePatricia Decou

Crew

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DirectorDaniel Myrick
DirectorEduardo Sanchez
DirectorDaniel Myrick
DirectorEduardo Sanchez
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