Could it be 100 posts already? I guess it can be. One of the first things I did when I started this blog, was to set the number of posts. I believe the highest number was 999 posts. When I set it to that I was thinking, "There is no way I will ever get close to that number." Again, I would like to thank everyone that has been reading these reviews, and thank you to those that leave me some comments to read. They are really appreciated. I would have started this post sooner but I have managed to lose my keys and it is driving me nuts trying to figure out where they are. I know they are here, I had them when I came in. I just have to figure out where 'here' is. So if anyone finds a set of keys, let me know, thanks!
If you read my 50th post (if you haven't then get to it!) then you know that is wasn't so much of a review as it was me explaining why I picked it as a favorite movie of mine. I would like to do the same with The Blair Witch Project (1999). If you have read any of Jed's comments, you probably noticed that he will make a reference to what he calls, the one puny bone on the ground. He says that because he disagreed with me on this one movie. I'm fine with that, every movie effects everyone differently. He isn't the only person to knock me for my really loving this movie however. Cattleworks also stated that he didn't care for it as much as he thought he would. Some of my other friends have also asked what was wrong with me when I state how much I loved this movie. So this is why. Sit back and read on.
I don't really remember how I heard about The Blair Witch Project. What comes to mind for me is watching the Sci-Fi show called The Blair Witch Curse. If you get the dvd of the movie, the show is included as an extra. I know I had heard of the movie before this, maybe I had caught a trailer for it on tv or at some other movie. Either way, I was excited about the show and made sure I watched it when it came on. The show was made to look real. Interviews with teachers, police, friends and family of the "missing students". The show also goes deeper into the lore and legend of the Blair Witch. This just made me want to go see the movie that much more.
What stands out to me about this movie is the fact that it was the first movie I went to see by myself. By the time I was able to get around to seeing it, all my friends had already gone to see it or didn't want to see it. Since I was really wanted to go see it, I decided I would just have to go by myself. I didn't want to but I did. The place was packed but it did surprise me that so many people showed up to watch it. After all, by then it had been out at least a couple of weeks. As the movie played, I would look around once in a while, mostly to see if anyone else was looking as creeped out as I was feeling. Most of the time when I go to a movie on the big screen, I am used to hearing people talk, scream, anything other than just sitting there. I don't recall hearing anyone at anytime. By the end of the movie I was about to jump up and leave but everyone else was just sitting there, some not talking at all, some talking to each other. So I sat there as well until others finaly started to get up to leave. This also left a bit of an impression on me.
The movie itself is about 3 film students who are making a student film on the Blair Witch legend. They go out into the woods to try and find some of the places that are linked to the legend and get lost. While trying to find their way back to their car, all kinds of weird things start to happen. Doesn't sound all that scary does it? The key to this movie is buying into the lore behind it. If you don't pay attention to the first half hour or so of the movie, you won't find any of the things that happen to them scary at all. While I was sitting there waiting for others to leave, my thoughts were, this wasn't as good as I thought it would be. I still think that today. However, I still love this movie. The main reason why is because it allows my mind to run with it. Never once do we see the witch or whatever it is that is in the woods with the film students. Most of the time we see what they see, we hear what they hear. Sometimes the camera is on but in total darkness. Other times we can see what is happening but the camera is moving so much that it is impossible to really make anything out. While this can be annoying at times, it allows your mind to fill in the blanks.
So there you have it. To anyone that has not watched this one yet. If you get the dvd, please watch The Blair Witch Curse in the extras section before watching The Blair Witch Project. As I stated above, it adds more to the lore and legend of the Blair Witch. I was very glad I had watched it before seeing the movie. I felt the movie didn't get into the lore as much as it should have in order to get the viewer more into the plot. There was a sequel as well. I didn't like it at all to be honest. If anyone who hated the orginal did go see the sequel, I suspect they would have enjoyed the sequel much better since it was more in line with a traditional movie. There have been other movies that tried to capture the same feel as The Blair Witch Project of course. And there have also been your parodies, such as Book Of Babes: Bare Wench 2. Yes I did watch that one that is why I know the title. It is more of a soft porn than anything else. No I didn't know that when I rented it.
I went out and bought this one today. I wanted to watch it again before I started this post. Mostly to refresh my memory but I also was wanting to see about something that cattleworks had to say. He wondered how repeat viewings would be to someone that did like this one. I can honestly say that it still creeps me out. The ending alone gets to me everytime I see it or even think about it. For me, The Blair Witch Project offered up the best ending I have yet to see in a horror movie.
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