THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT is probably the most effective experimental
film that I have ever seen, and without a doubt, the most successful movie ever
made for less than $25,000.00.
Taken at face value, the plot of this film is quite simple. Three college students mysteriously disappeared in the Maryland woods, while making a film about a local legend known as the Blair Witch. The movie start off enthusiastically enough, with the three students who went to spend a weekend in the woods making their documentary about the Blair Witch in the actual locations associated with her legend. Unfortunately, after going off the marked trails, the three become hopelessly lost in the woods. Frustrated and hungry, our filmmakers are unable to find their way back to civilization, no matter which direction they try. Things become worse for the threesome as they find themselves being stalked at by some unseen presence that always seems to be beyond the light of both their campfires and their flashlights.
Although nothing is ever shown, and many times the screen is pitch black, the only sound you can hear is screaming. Blair Witch is essentially a "lost in the woods" movie. I've been lost in the woods and I was able to sympathize with the characters' situation. If you've ever been lost in the woods for a while, you might start to imagine what bad things could happen to you and that's the situation for these characters through most of the movie. Now, after watching this film I?m sure I wouldn?t t stay so calm as before, because I still feel the breathing of one of the frightened student.
I can say, with absolute assurance, that no film has ever had quite the impact that this little movie has had on me. Its not the classical bloody horror, where the only one purpose is killing. Instead this is a movie that sits at the base of your spine, waits until you think everything is okay, then it slowly starts to creep it's way up into your mind. If you think about it for a while it strongly influenced your mind, and I like films, which have some effects on your mind. This is truly the most frightening movie I have ever had the pleasure to watch.