Retro Review: The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Yeah, I am going to go ahead and take advantage of the news from San Diego Comic-con.  The horror film by Adam Wingard, The Woods was revealed to be Blair Witch, a sequel to the 1999 found footage horror film.

If I go back to the summer of 1999, I can remember a friend of mine calling me.  He knew I was a big time horror fan and he asked if I heard about the website.  Three missing college students and the footage of their last days was uncovered.  I couldn’t believe this, they were going to show the actual footage of these kids final days, being lost in the woods.  The website, everything pointed to this being true.  I followed it very closely, the film makers did such a great job promoting the movie as “real”.

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There was a documentary about the legend of the Blair Witch, it was possibly better than the movie itself.  The film makers built a legend, a deep history of this Blair Witch and it was believable.  With all of this, I was there, in line opening night to see, what I thought was a historic movie event.

A bunch of friends and I went to see the movie and when I walked out, I felt sick.  The Blair Witch Project is a found footage film and it is very shaky.  I couldn’t handle the shaky camera work.  But I did enjoy the story.  It was late and we were all a little spooked from the experience.  We all still believe the story to be real.  I was 19 and to think about life ending that early or the paranormal actually existed.

We walked the streets of our small town and I remember thinking, anything is out there.  The Blair Witch Project was a game changer.  I could not stop thinking about the movie and its effect on me.

The following morning I woke up and saw the newspaper sitting on the dining room table.  There was a big headline, front page.  “Blair Witch Project Hoax!”  I read the article and shortly after I saw Heather Donahue in Steak n’ Shake commercials.  I was bummed, but thought, man that is a good way to get people in the seats.

The movie is an interesting film.  I still believe it works today.  It  worked better when we all thought it was real.  But in watching the movie years later, I have come to really respect what it does.  If you watch the movie, check out the mockumentary, Curse of the Blair Witch.  It came with the original DVD and I believe it is on YouTube.  I will check.  You have to pay $2.99, worth it.

The Blair Witch Project gets a bad reputation.  It is, what it is.  An ok horror movie that is a traditional slow burn that picks up at the end of the movie.  I am in to those kind of horror movies.  Even for the Millennials, I would suggest it.  I don’t think I really need to do an in-depth review of the Blair Witch Project.  It is found footage…which is not for everyone.

IMDB.com rates it 6.3 

The Horror Syndicate 6.8

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Who am I? I am a widower now, father of two amazing children. I co-created the website, Nightfall Unlimited with a good friend of mine. Nightfall Unlimited was a great learning experience for me and I learned a lot from so many great people. I had the chance to dip my toes into blogging and even social networking. Now, we are here, the Horror Syndicate is nearly a year old and we are having fun! There is so much more about me. I hate this phrase, but I am an aspiring comic book writer. Problems with finding artists and getting published have held me back. Writing comics has been a dream for, well as long as I can remember. Now I am writing with a great team, Apogee Comics and hopefully we will make some noise in the same way Image comics did in the 1990s. One day, Rage of Rayzor and the Horror Syndicate will lead me to my dream. Support me, by sharing this site, liking and sharing posts, even following me on twitter would help @Rayzor_33. But you want to know about the horror…right? I have been watching horror films since I was 6 years old. The story, one Saturday night, my mom and I were watching movies and she fell asleep on the couch. We had the channel set on HBO and the movie we were watching ended and the next one, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. This was some time in 1986. I watched then entire film, I was sitting on the edge of my seat. When my mom woke, she asked me what just ended and I told her, “Freddy”. That was all I talked about for weeks and finally she broke down and rented more horror films for me. She rented, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre part 2, Re-Animator, Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives and Halloween II. I watched all and fell in love with horror films forever. When my little brother was 2, I was 10, so were talking 1990. He was introduced to Halloween and I made him believe Haddonfield, IL was a real place. We lived in Illinois at the time and this terrified him. After the intial shock, he grew older and more interested in horror films. When he was 8, we went to the local video store and made our way to the horror section. We started with Alien and worked our way through the alphabet of horror. That day we basically started our course in horror. Since then, I have built a nice horror film collection of my own and started a Facebook Horror Group, The Horror Movie Massacre. I wrote for Nightfall and Rage of Rayzor, realized there is a lot of horror content I wanted to put out. So, I drafted some fellow horror fans to make a site, run by fans, for fans and here we are. 5 Horror Films to Watch Inferno (1980) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) The Beyond (1981) Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives (1986) Horror of Dracula (1958)