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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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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 »

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Horror | Mystery

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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 filmmakers placed flyers around Cannes for the film festival that were "Missing" posters, stating that the cast was missing. All the flyers were taken down by the next day. It turned out that a television executive had been kidnapped just prior, and [the flyers] were taken down out of respect. The executive was since recovered safely. See more »

Goofs

When they first try to cross the log, with the camera, to the cemetery, we hear Heather talking as she crosses the log. But her mouth never moves. See more »

Quotes

Heather Donahue: Do you just expect me to do something or say something? What do you want me to do, Josh? Josh?
Joshua Leonard: I wanna make movies, Heather. Isn't that what we're here to do? Just to make some movies.
Heather Donahue: Fuck you. Fuck you. Really. Fuck you.
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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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Sung by Laibach
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Most Over-hyped Movie I've Ever Seen
16 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

I've seen worse movies, but not many. Yes, I like horror films. Yes, I can distinguish cheap, sensationalistic splatter-horror from from the more chilling, show-less-and-frighten-more variety (and I prefer the latter to the former).

I still hated Blair Witch. I don't lack imagination, but this movie certainly did. I've seen Tampax commercials that filled me with greater fear. The film lacked wit, style, story, plot, suspense, or verve. I don't need expensive cinematography or stellar acting, but a film does need something to redeem itself (other than a sophomoric, if marginally clever, idea), and this film did not have it.

It is unfortunate that a bad movie has come to represent to many the epitome of independent cinema. For a real horror masterpiece, see Ringu (The Ring), which, though it was probably filmed on a larger budget, worked because of talented direction and great storyline.


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