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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

Sanchez and Myrick wanted Heather to have a sort of Captain Ahab quality (obsessively documenting everything). Heather Donahue had that. Mike's function in the film is to say the things the audience is probably thinking. And Josh (for a time) is the team peacemaker. See more »

Goofs

The three are lost in the woods but in one scene, about 25 feet behind them, a field can be seen through a small gap in the trees. The road is also visible as they try to find the trail. See more »

Quotes

Michael Williams: [Mike is laughing hysterically] I kicked the map into the creek!
Heather Donahue: YOU DID WHAT?
Michael Williams: I kicked it into the...
[he is laughing too hard to continue]
Heather Donahue: You are a fucking asshole! What the FUCK were you thinking? What the FUCK were you THINKING?
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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 »

Connections

References The Haunting (1963) See more »

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God is god
Sung by Laibach
Courtesy of Mute records
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Sorry we couldn't supply the eye candy most of you are so used to.....
1 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

I think I know why Blair Witch has generated as much negative as positive responses. It FORCES YOU TO BECOME INVOLVED IN THE MOVIE GOING EXPERIENCE!

Wow. What a concept. Instead of sitting there like the passive sponges most of us become when going to the movies we are actually expected be become involved. Take a leap of faith/belief or whatever and delve into this movie. Without the overpowering F/X and music score most movies rely on to 'scare' you, if you still have an imagination left what is implied becomes a hundred times scarier than anything offered up by Hollywood in the last 30 years. The hardest thing in movies is to scare you. Not make you jump out of your seat with 5000 watts of sound blasting at 400 decibels (ever seen the 1999 version of the Haunting? Event Horizon? - every potentially tense scene is preceeded by dead silence then the Blast). Wake up people! Blair Witch is the horror movies we have been needing for a long time and I'm glad someone finally had the guts to make it.


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