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The Blair Witch Project -- In October of 1994, three student film makers disappeared in the woods near Burkittesville, Maryland. One year later, their footage was found.

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Writers:
Daniel Myrick (written by) &
Eduardo Sánchez (written by)
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Release Date:
30 July 1999 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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. See more »
Plot:
Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
13 wins & 18 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Cinema Verite Fright... See more (3368 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Daniel Myrick 
Eduardo Sánchez  (as Eduardo Sanchez)
 
Writing credits
Daniel Myrick (written by) &
Eduardo Sánchez (written by) (as Eduardo Sanchez)

Produced by
Robin Cowie .... producer
Bob Eick .... executive producer
Kevin J. Foxe .... executive producer
Gregg Hale .... producer
Michael Monello .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Tony Cora 
 
Cinematography by
Neal Fredericks (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Daniel Myrick 
Eduardo Sánchez  (as Eduardo Sanchez)
 
Production Design by
Ben Rock 
 
Art Direction by
Ricardo Moreno  (as Ricardo R. Moreno)
 
Art Department
Patricia DeCou .... art technician
Brigan Gresh .... scenic artist (as Brigan Docking)
Andrew White .... scenic artist
 
Sound Department
Harry Cohen .... final sound mixer
Gerry Lentz .... final sound mixer
Dana Meeks .... sound mixer
Jack Sherdel .... sound
Rich Weingart .... final sound mixer
Eddie Bydalek .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Paul Curtis .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Elisabeth Flaum .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Allen Hurd .... sound (uncredited)
Shawn Kennelly .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Clive Taylor .... sound editor (TV version) (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Steven A. Blake .... stunt rigging
Douglas Retzler .... stunt rigging
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stefanie DeCassan .... still photographer (as Stefanie Decassan)
Hector Lopez .... additional photographer
Julie Ann Smith .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Lisa Dane .... additional casting
 
Editorial Department
John Sellars .... colorist
 
Music Department
Dan Barrio .... music assistant
Tony Cora .... musician
 
Other crew
Melvin Bayer .... location
Howard Bernstein .... phase one instigator
Mark Bobrow .... production assistant
Beverly Brooks .... video to film transfer
Shelley Buell .... accountant
Rachel Carter .... audition assistant
Harry Clein .... marketing: Clein + Walker
Ray Combs .... behind-the-scenes video
Matt Compton .... audition assistant
Matt Compton .... location
Sarah Cowie .... accountant
Carolyn DeCassan .... audition assistant
Carolyn DeCassan .... production assistant (as Carolyn Decassan)
Stefanie DeCassan .... audition assistant
Stefanie DeCassan .... production assistant (as Stefanie Decassan)
David Donaldson .... video to film transfer
Julia Fair .... production assistant
Lonnie Glerum .... key production assistant
Christian Gueverra .... location
Trey Howard .... investor tape production (as Trey Butts)
Chrystal Jordan .... investor tape production (as Crystal Jordan)
Shannon Kibler .... production assistant
Kurt McNew .... production assistant
Zubi Mohammed .... behind-the-scenes video
Britt Nichols .... audition assistant
Gene O'Baker .... accountant
Kelly Phipps .... audition assistant
John Pierson .... phase one instigator: Grainy Pictures
Billy Plank .... production assistant
Tina Plank .... production assistant
Dave Poole .... production assistant
Dave Segal .... investor tape production
Wendy Smith .... investor tape production
Joe Solari .... investor tape production
Adrian Steinbach .... production assistant
Sandra Sánchez .... production assistant (as Sandra Sanchez)
Fahad Vania .... audition assistant
Fahad Vania .... production assistant
Dennis Warner .... investor tape production
William L. Whitacre .... legal (as Bill Whitacre)
Jenn Winn .... investor tape production
Sam Barber .... pre-production supervisor (uncredited)
Cathy Ziehl .... assistant to studio vice president (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Jane E. Barrick .... special thanks
Teresa Bone .... special thanks
Steve Boudreau .... very special thanks
Peter Broderick .... special thanks
Carmen Cacaven .... special thanks
Larry Carneglia .... special thanks
Karo Cavanaugh .... very special thanks
Brian Clark .... special thanks
Fran Cowie .... very special thanks
Les Cowie .... very special thanks
Sandy Craig .... special thanks
Matthew Curtis .... special thanks
Dex Dean .... special thanks: Coastal Leasing
Cecilia DeCassan .... special thanks
Gino DeCassan .... special thanks
Stefanie DeCassan .... very special thanks
Sarah Foxe .... special thanks
Ingrid Fraley .... special thanks
Richard Fraley .... special thanks
Melanie Gasper .... special thanks
Ellen Gillis .... special thanks
Lonnie Glerum .... special thanks
Christian Gueverra .... special thanks (as Christian Guevara)
Dee Guzzi .... special thanks
Jackie Hale .... very special thanks
Tonya Hale .... special thanks
Lynda Hansen .... special thanks
Thomas Ethan Harris .... special thanks
Diana Iwanow .... special thanks
Jeff Johnsen .... special thanks (as Jeff Johnson)
Mary Johnson .... special thanks
Bob Jones .... special thanks
Mike Jones .... special thanks
Nancy Jane King .... special thanks (as Nancy King)
Louise Levison .... special thanks
Jean Lipphard .... special thanks
Sandra Lukas .... special thanks
Scott Macquarrie .... very special thanks
Terry Martin .... special thanks
Kurt McNew .... very special thanks
Margarita Moreno .... special thanks
Oscar Moreno .... special thanks
Dick Morris .... special thanks
Joe Nagy .... special thanks
Michael Nelson .... special thanks
Dave Norman .... very special thanks
Gene O'Baker .... very special thanks
Peg O'Keef .... special thanks
Anthony Pekarik .... special thanks
Klark J. Perez .... special thanks
Janet Pierson .... special thanks
John Pierson .... special thanks
Don Rhodes .... special thanks
Jim Ritzel .... very special thanks
Korrin Ritzel .... very special thanks
Brian Saway .... special thanks
Cecilia Saway .... special thanks
Rick Saway .... special thanks (as Rita Saway)
William Saway .... special thanks
Jack Sherdel .... very special thanks
Catherine Smith .... special thanks
Don Smith .... special thanks
Ali Steinbach .... very special thanks
Francis Tanner .... very special thanks
Lindsey Tanner .... very special thanks
Jan Ungaro .... very special thanks
Richard Ungaro .... very special thanks
Dennis Warner .... special thanks
Paul K. Williamson .... special thanks: St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Lorraine Wood .... special thanks
Tara Zwicker .... special thanks
 
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MPAA:
Rated R for language
Runtime:
81 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Australia:MA (original rating) | Belgium:KNT | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Chile:14 | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Hungary:16 | Iceland:12 | Malaysia:18PL | Mexico:B | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R13 | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG (original rating) | Singapore:NC-16 (re-rating) | South Korea:18 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (PCA #36716)

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Trivia:
This film uses the word "fuck" 154 times.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Heather is showing off the contents of her pack there is a survival book on how to stay alive in the woods. It could have helped them, but they never used it.See more »
Quotes:
Heather Donahue:How's east?
Michael Williams:East?
Heather Donahue:Yeah, we've been going south all this time. How's east?
Michael Williams:Wicked Witch of the West, Wicked Witch of the East. Which one was bad?
Heather Donahue:Wicked Witch of the West was the bad one.
Michael Williams:Then we should go east.
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Soundtrack:
The Ballad of Gilligan's IsleSee more »

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60 out of 107 people found the following review useful.
Cinema Verite Fright..., 25 October 1999
Author: Donald J. Lamb from Philadelphia, PA

Is THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT a masterful ghost film or a gimmick to create a multi-media event? It is both. The picture, shot on super 8 video and 16mm film displayed in a squared, documentary-like frame, is quirky, annoying, and spectacularly scary. The scenes at night quite frankly scared the hell out of me. The gimmick that THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT is created confusion and wonder over whether or not the footage shot was real life. Now, we all know the truth, but the French term 'cinema verite' is defined by this grisly film.

A guaranteed cult classic, BLAIR WITCH has "Heather, Mike, and Josh" heading off into the allegedly hexed woods of Maryland looking for the Blair Witch or whatever else may exist up in those hills. For most of the film, it is very unclear. The beginning excerpts ingeniously set up the three participants to believe they are a) experiencing the supernatural, b) being played like a fiddle by the suspicious townspeople or c) just completely out of their minds. Its up to the viewer to decide but my money is on option A.

Most filmgoers know that the filmmakers Sanchez and Myrick used their MAC cards and cookie jars to put this phenom together and I commend them. This is a tour-de-force thriller that does indeed seem real. Its all improvised and 'verite' like and the best part about the movie's many chills are based on the basic premise that scares most of us: We are generally frightened by what we cannot see. Many times throughout the film, the screen is completely dark with sudden bursts of screams and grainy scenery. For the sake of the suspense, the film may have been better if we did not know the gimmick. The realism is sometimes smothering.

True, the hand-held camera can make you achy in the head, but the way the actors play off each other is magic and not for the faint of heart. I viewed the film on DVD with someone who was not feeling too well because of the dizzying camera, but somehow the black and white and color and rain blend together and allow Myrick and Sanchez to do what they were attempting to do. Spooking an audience with unseen forces is so effective and I was reminded of Robert Wise's original THE HAUNTING from 1963 with the groans and the cries and the shrieks. A baby's giggle can be heard during one spellbinding scene when the tent the 3 students sleep in takes on a life of its own.

Much has been made about a similar film made in similar fashion by some other young auteurs well before THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT was released. I never saw it and if it was as good as this film we would've seen it. Nonetheless, this past summer shocked and surprised me with the amount of good horror pictures around. In the woods, no one can hear you scream either.

Rating: ***1/2

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