Saturday, 15 October 2016

Revisiting The Blair Witch Project!

I'm starting to feel a little bit old after I realized that The Blair Witch Project is seventeen-years-old! The film was released to theaters in July 1999, about a month before I started my senior year of high school. I recall seeing tons of advertisements on television for it, as well as watching a fake documentary about the Blair Witch on the Sci-Fi Channel (now known as Syfy). I think I might have owned a couple of tie-in books that were released around that time.

Anyhow, I only watched the actual movie two or three times on VHS, and I had completely forgot about the movie until I had saw the advertisements for the belated sequel Blair Witch a few months ago.

Later, I stumbled upon the DVD for the original film for $5 at Walmart, and of course I purchased it to replace my old VHS copy. I didn't get around to actually watching the film until last night, which I viewed on my laptop.

While the 1980 horror flick Cannibal Holocaust was technically the first found footage horror film, The Blair Witch Project was the one that really kicked off a slew of copycats, including the popular Paranormal Activity franchise.

While I'm not the biggest fan of the found footage genre, The Blair Witch Project happens to the exception. Though the film has aged slightly, it still has a few scary moments. The acting is average at best, but it's still fun to watch after all these years. I'll have to keep an eye out for when sequel hits Blu-ray. No, I'm not referring to the godawful Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2!

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