Short Review: The Blair Witch Project (1999)


Directors: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez
Writers: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez
Stars: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams and Joshua Leonard

Having watched the Blair witch project at its original release in 1999 my memories of this movie were somewhat diminished. I did remember the stirring, chilling end but I wasn’t certain that its pioneering first person perspective approach would hold up to its recent and terrifying successors like the excellent paranormal activity and REC/quarantine.

So I was pleased and scared equally when I revisited the movie this Halloween weekend.

The film is still as chilling as ever and the even more disturbing mythology of the legend connected perfectly with the finale added an even greater depth on re-viewing.

The film works on so many terrifying levels, the deterioration of youthful enthusiasm for a passion for film making from the movies characters, the feeling of isolation and panic of being lost. Paranoia, hunger, cold, wet and tiredness all hallmarks of the camping trip from hell; compounded by the tease and horror of an unknown hunter. These people are not wanted here and do not want to be here, the feeling of impending definite peril is the most powerful device which still holds the film on a par and above most of it more recent comparable efforts. Probably still the original and best.

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