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The Blair Witch Project

by

Jeff Nelson

It introduces a new idea, but that does not make it a good movie.

The Blair Witch Project
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This movie is best known for its shaky cam idea, since it is what began that trend. At the time, it was original, new, and made it feel like the situation was actually happening before your eyes. Just because it had an original idea, does not mean it is a good movie.

It is about three students who are doing a documentary on the legend of the Blair Witch. They go into the woods to see what they can scoop up and find themselves stuck right in her trap. The idea has potential of being scary and making a lot of the audience shake in their seats. The movie begins ominous and creepy, but ends up just giving cheap scares. The story of the Blair Witch is what made my spine tingle and it should have kept the momentum it began with.

As for the acting, it is dreadful. They try to make it clear to the audience they are scared by cussing every other word, but it just made them sound like children. They are college students and should be smart enough to know to cooperate and stick together. The actors in this movie are the same thing we see in every horror movie where the audience screams "Don't go in there!" or "It's behind you!". I understand it is meant to be documentary style, but this could have been a lot better.

It is a low budget documentary and is not meant to have good visuals. This is one of the things I really enjoyed about this movie, it made it more scary by looking more old fashioned and not overblowing on visuals. There are barely any visuals throughout the movie, but the style that is used is unnecessary.

Overall, The Blair Witch Project is an alright movie. It is the type of movie you will rent every once in a while or buy in the $5 bin at Walmart. The worst factor about this movie is once you have seen it, every feeling of fear or suspense is gone. This is a movie to watch once, only to watch again if you are with someone who has not seen it before. I suggest to rent it if you haven't seen it, but don't go out of your way to get it.

My Rating = Two and One Half Stars

Next movie: Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows
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