The Blair Witch Project
Directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez
This is probably one of the most polarizing films of all time. I know a lot of people think it is stupid and nauseating, with absolutely zero pay off. I happened to really enjoy it. but that may be because I have an overactive imagination.
Three film students are producing a documentary on the Blair Witch of Burkittsville, Maryland. They begin filming by conducting interviews with the locals about the legend, garnering some rather chilling answers. On the second day, the trio set off into the woods to find proof that the Witch exists. Um...they get it.
I have always thought that the scariest things are the things you never see. We are allowed to imagine the witch however we want. What I am picturing is probably worse than anything that could be shown on screen (particularly since one of the locals described the witch as having hair covering her body like a horse). Still, I can see how people might feel a little cheated.
I was quite young when this came out, so I don't remember everyone thinking this might be real. I think it is very impressive that the filmmakers created something so horrifying and realistic with such a small budget.
Found footage isn't for everyone, but I can't seem to get enough.
Heather Donahue's mother received sympathy cards from people who actually believed her daughter was dead or missing.
All the lines are improvised.
Nominated for the Worst Picture Razzie.