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The Blair Witch Project (1999)

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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.

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Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez (as Eduardo Sanchez)

Writers:

Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez (as Eduardo Sanchez)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Heather Donahue ... Heather Donahue
Joshua Leonard ... Joshua 'Josh' Leonard
Michael C. Williams ... Michael 'Mike' Williams (as Michael Williams)
Bob Griffin Bob Griffin ... Short Fisherman
Jim King Jim King ... Interviewee
Sandra Sánchez Sandra Sánchez ... Waitress (as Sandra Sanchez)
Ed Swanson Ed Swanson ... Fisherman With Glasses
Patricia DeCou ... Mary Brown
Mark Mason Mark Mason ... Man in Yellow Hat
Susie Gooch Susie Gooch ... Interviewee with Child (as Jackie Hallex)
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Storyline

Three film students travel to Maryland to make a student film about a local urban legend... The Blair Witch. The three went into the woods on a two day hike to find the Blair Witch, and never came back. One year later, the students film and video were found in the woods. The footage was compiled and made into a movie. The Blair Witch Project. Written by Kevin Overstreet <GrndZero23@aol.com>

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Taglines:

Scarier than The Exorcist! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El proyecto Blair Witch See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,512,054, 18 July 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$140,539,099

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$248,639,099
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Haxan Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Special Edition)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The first cut of the movie to be screened was 2.5 hours in length. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, when Josh is getting out of the car, a 1997-2003 Ford F-Series pickup can be seen in the background. See more »

Quotes

Heather Donahue: [Heather finds a dead mouse on the forest floor, slowly zooming in on it as she speaks] What could have killed this mouse? Could it be the Blair Witch?
Michael Williams: [off screen] How about God?
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Crazy Credits

The beginning and end credits are designed in the style of a documentary, e.g. jumping slightly, static instead of rolling credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The VHS cassette Sticks And Stones features another scene with Heather and Mike that takes place after Josh's disappearance, and also includes an extra witness interview segment. See more »

Connections

References Häxan (1922) See more »

Soundtracks

America The Beautiful
Lyrics by Katharine Lee Bates (as Katherine Lee Bates)
Music by Samuel A. Ward
Sung a cappella by Joshua Leonard
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Inventive and terrifying. Will spawn many imitations.
19 July 1999 | by zombie65See all my reviews

With all the hype surrounding this new independent horror film, you might think it would be hard for it to live up to expectations. The Blair Witch Project is probably as scary as it's reputation. Feel free to read on, I do not intend to give away any of the film's secrets or surprises. The less you know about this creepy little chiller, the better.

Filmed on video and 16mm black & white, this film is exactly what the horror genre needs in a time reminiscent of the early 1980s slasher onslaught. The Blair Witch Project has no knife wielding maniacs, no DNA altered monsters, and no real bloodshed onscreen. We see what the three film makers see as they make their way through the deep, dank woods in search of a legendary witch. There are times when there is nothing but a black screen, and all we can do is listen to their scared voices and the unexplained noises going on around them. The true horror behind this film is the unknown, and those dark places where you know something is lurking.

If you are a seasoned veteran of the horror cinema, The Blair Witch Project may be less frightening than for someone who has not seen many scary movies. You will have to respect it's originality, and it's manipulation of our deepest fears. At times the film really makes you feel the sense of dread the film makers are experiencing. One thing I did notice about the audience in the theater is that everyone was very quiet. Except for an occasional gasp, the moviegoers were absorbed in this film. That's unusual for a modern horror movie. Most are full of fake scare tactics and multiple twist endings that keep the audience shouting and screaming at the screen. One thing for sure, you can expect many imitations of The Blair Witch Project in the future. Isn't that how it usually goes?


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