The Blair Witch Project Film Review
From the moment this film begins you know that it’s not going to be a happy ending. The film begins by telling us that this was footage filmed by three teenagers that went missing and this was the footage they found a year later. The story focuses on 3 amateur film makers who embark on quest to discover the mystery of the elusive ’Blair Witch’ who is responsible for murders in the village. The film is filmed in two parts, one of the actual documentary which is recorded in black and white, the second which is recorded in a ’behind the scenes’ style.
They start by recording a handful of locals about the Blair witch, asking them if they had heard of the myth, they then venture into the woods in search of a cemetery, apparently the location of many of the dead children. At the beginning they joke around and just generally bicker like the average teenagers. The dialogue (though mostly improvised) is flawlessly executed by the actors and combined with the shaky camerawork creates a very authentic feel about the movie.
As they go further and further into the forest they begin to uncover stranger and stranger mysteries, consequently the mood becomes tense and they begin to argue until the group begins to fall apart.
When night falls the movie really begins to shine, with unexplainable things happening, they trio begin to argue even more, the acting and dialogue still remains of A-list quality. This is old school horror at its best: “things that go bump in the night”. The film creates an almost unbearable sense of dread and fear as not once do we ever get a decent look at the witch, whoever said ‘you can’t fear what you can’t see’ couldn’t of been more wrong.
Verdict: Considering this was filmed on a budget of just £30 000 this is probably one of the most defining films of the nineties. The films shaky camera work makes the fil seem almost real and the flawless acting just increases the sense of fear, anxiety and dread (just a...