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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Heather Donahue
... Joshua 'Josh' Leonard
... Michael 'Mike' Williams (as Michael Williams)
Bob Griffin ... Short Fisherman
Jim King ... Interviewee
Sandra Sánchez ... Waitress (as Sandra Sanchez)
Ed Swanson ... Fisherman With Glasses
... Mary Brown
Mark Mason ... Man in Yellow Hat
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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Before Cloverfield... There was... The Blair Witch Project. See more »

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Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 July 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El proyecto Blair Witch  »

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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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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The actors were given no more than a 35-page outline of the mythology behind the plot, before shooting began. All lines were improvised and nearly all the events in the film were unknown to the three actors beforehand, and they were often on-camera surprises to them all. See more »

Goofs

About an hour in the movie when they lost Josh, Heather's hands and fingernails can be seen. Even though the group has been in the woods for several days Heather's fingernails are perfectly clean. See more »

Quotes

Josh Leonard: You gonna write us a happy ending, Heather?
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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 »

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God is god
Sung by Laibach
Courtesy of Mute records
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Gripping, stunning film, the absolute thriller!!
3 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

Privileged to see a preview of this fantastically terrifying film, I found myself actually feeling the pain and mind-numbing anguish of the characters. At times in the movie, I would find myself trying to peer through the darkness with them, fully realizing that there was absolutely no chance of knowing what was out there. I think that is the most effective aspect of this, the fear of the unknown. I really can't think of anything more frightening than something that has no identity, and so you don't know how to relate or react, and you are forced to suffer through the unknown. A key component also included in this film was the steady decline of human spirit that you witness first-hand. You watch as the characters are broken down to small, scared, hunted animals, and you find yourself shaking your head at how pitiful and helpless they have become, yet you don't feel sorry for them, only agonizing hope that they will escape the fear with at least their lives. Wonderfully created film that, at least for me, an outdoor enthusiast who used to enjoy wandering alone through familiar woods, will always haunt me to the core of my soul when I look around and see nothing but endless woods, unknown sounds, and things that are never seen.


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