Everyone has been talking about The Blair Witch Project: The great acting, the realism, and the scariness. However, The Blair Witch Project was not scary... but it was creepy. And realistic. And had great acting. And for those who didn't know that this was a completely fake movie, The Blair Witch Project stopped them from ever going camping again. As for me, I was just impressed by the realism, setting, and abrupt ending.
Heather Donahue, Michael Williams, and Joshua Leonard star, and, for the most part, are the only ones in the movie. They talk to some locals at the beginning but that's about it: Once they enter the woods, they are on their own. Filmed with amateur cameras and intentionally meant to look like a documentary (the group has gone into the woods to do a documentary on the Blair Witch), The Blair Witch has a captivating realism to it. It can only help that the three actors are superb and natural in their roles. Heather will forever be known for the infamous scene where she apologizes to the camera while tears streak down her cheeks. Mike and Josh share equally impressive roles, completely without clichés to the normal guys in movies these days. They are scared shitless in the film, and if I didn't know the movie was fake, I would completely believe them.
As for the ending, that's what The Blair Witch Project is all about. The movie goes along the lines of Halloween (only more realistic), where the suspense builds up until the last, breathtaking scene. With this film, since it is viewed basically from the actors' perspectives, there is no aftermath; the end is the end.
The Blair Witch Project may not be scary but it is truly creepy. The atmosphere it creates, using both the eerie woods and excellent acting, is unbelievably real.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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