The Blair Witch Project

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Time Out says

Heather, Michael and Josh (Donahue, Williams and Leonard) disappeared on 21 October 1994 while shooting a documentary in the forest of the Black Hills, Maryland. A year later, their footage was found. This movie is the last trace of them. This is a horror film made against the grain, in defiance of the genre as it has evolved over the last three decades. After a handful of interviews with the natives, the trio starts to trek through the woods to check out the 'cemetery' rumoured to mark the graves of missing children. At first, they joke around. Then, as they come across strange talismans made of twigs and stones, the mood becomes apprehensive. At night, inexplicable sounds disrupt their sleep. They lose their way in the trees, and the next night, the sounds are closer, stranger, much more frightening. This is back to basics horror: we're in deep dark woods among things that go bump in the night. The actors never put a foot wrong; the video diary form allows no artifice, so that as terror mounts, the dread is infectious. Indeed, the gradual social and psychological breakdown which ensues is often painful to watch. And to listen to, the sound design being extraordinarily evocative. Worse, it stays with you: the film issues a kind of shadow horror that only comes into play later, at night, when you want to forget it.
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Release details

UK release:

1999

Duration:

81 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez

Screenwriter:

Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez

Cast:

Heather Donahue, Michael Williams, Joshua Leonard

Production Designer:

Ben Rock

Editor:

Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez

Cinematography:

Neal Fredericks

Producer:

Robin Cowie, Gregg Hale

Music:

Tony Cora

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Thomas Noctor

This is by far the best horror ever made. For those real horror fans this is a must. Imagine being in the middle of nowhere lost in the woods waking up at all hours to hear kids laughing then your tent been beat in while clearly no one is around or hearing your friends calls when he's clearly dead. Class film if you go into the characters prospective you wud truely understand this movie. Sheer genius and the fact you dont see anything messes with your head even more. Hats off to this masterpiece! 5 out of 5!!!!!!!

Thomas Noctor

This is by far the best horror ever made. For those real horror fans this is a must. Imagine being in the middle of nowhere lost in the woods waking up at all hours to hear kids laughing then your tent been beat in while clearly no one is around or hearing your friends calls when he's clearly dead. Class film if you go into the characters prospective you wud truely understand this movie. Sheer genius and the fact you dont see anything messes with your head even more. Hats off to this masterpiece! 5 out of 5!!!!!!!