Day 1 | The Blair Witch Project (1999)
This movie is a classic–or soon to be classic?–horror movie. It’s one of the pioneers of the “found-footage” genre made popular by films like Paranormal Activity and The Poughkeepsie Tapes. (We may talk about both of these movies later on!)
So, this movie–as we said–is an earlier film; it’s about 15 years old now, so not old in the horror genre but definitely for the found footage. It’s kind of funny because the main issue of the movie is that the three people get lost (and into the predicament in the first place!) because they’re deep in the woods with just a compass and a map (though I don’t know who has like super accurate maps of wooded areas in a nowhere part of Maryland??). It’s hard to imagine this being much of an issue now, you know with iPhones and satellite GPS devices. Also, I just don’t know how much people would actually want to go out into the woods like that (yes, I know about urbex-ing but also the word “urban” is in there so it mostly implies that the areas being explored aren’t super remote). Regardless, they go in to the woods and they get caught in what seems to be a loop. And that’s pretty terrifying, to be honest. Even though the little sculptures dangling from the trees aren’t really all that menacing, the movie does a very good job of building the tension since you never really know what you’re gonna see, if something’s going to pop up around the corner, and that’s a quality I love to see in horror films–a bit of that building tension, the “doom” horror that we’ve discussed before.
One of the main complaints about the movie is that it’s a little “too” realistic with how shaky the camera shots are; a lot of people say it makes them nauseous (there’s actually a line about that in Legally Blonde!) and I would have to agree with that. Tread lightly if you have motion sickness! My personal complaint about the movie was how much screaming and yelling went on. I guess I understand that that’s supposed to add to the “realism” of them freaking out and having break downs, but maybe a few less f-bombs would have been nice!