Reviewed by: Jason Murphy
|Featuring:||Heather Donahue (Heather Donahue), Joshua Leonard (Joshua “Josh” Leonard), Michael C. Williams (Michael “Mike” Williams (as Michael Williams), Bob Griffith (Short Fisherman), more »|
|Director:||Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez|
|Producer:||Haxan Films, Robin Cowie, Bob Eick, Kevin J. Foxe, Gregg Hale, Michael Monello|
“In October of 1994, three student filmmakers disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland while shooting a documentary. A year later their footage was found.”
So begins “The Blair Witch Project,” a low budget quasi-documentary horror film. The creators of the film (which is fictional) have taken this purportedly found footage and edited it into one of the creepiest, most unnerving films I think I have seen. While most modern horror films rely on over-the-top gore, special effects and cheap “jump” scares, “The Blair Witch Project” works on almost a purely psychological level. Everything about the movie is so convincingly realistic that it does seem very plausible that the events in this film could have actually taken place.
The three main performances in the film are phenomenal. They are utterly convincing as college film students, and they also give their characters a very solid emotional core. Since they also operate all the cameras, the audience is drawn into the film in a very effective way.
The concept and execution of the film is brilliant. However, on a warning note, there is a very heavy dose of profanity, which doesn’t seem out of place (not worse than anything one would hear in an average college dorm), but makes the film pretty grating on the ears at times. There is really not much else that is offensive about the film; no sex, very little violence, although some implication of the latter is present. While I didn’t really find the witch concept offensive, I would add a word of caution that both witches and witchcraft are very real, and there are strong warnings against both in Scripture.
In conclusion, if you are an indie or a horror fan, or a fan of psychological dramas, this film is one of the best I can think of. Just to warn people again, however, that “The Blair Witch Project” is a seriously unnerving film, and probably not good to take anyone who is easily creeped out.
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