The preeminent urban legend campfire scare that reinvigorated the found-footage subgenre, but one shakily-filmed, annoying-characterized [with incessant whines], & pretty unscary end product, TBWP is a mediocre groundbreaking project. 6/10.
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Plot Synopsis: Three film students (Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams) travel to a small town to collect documentary footage about a local legend called the Blair Witch. Noticing a trend in the stories centering around the local woods, they set out there to find out for themselves. However, they start to freak out when they get lost and start hearing strange noises coming from all around them.
Pros: Unique and groundbreaking horror documentary style and legacy that changed the genre and what was possible in scope – didn’t start the found-footage genre but definitely solely responsible for popularizing it among general audiences, Supernatural intrigue exploiting humanity’s fascination with urban legends connected to a place and nature as well as uncovering mysteries (even though fictional), strong opening interviewing locals about the legend, some good moments like when they find the symbols in the woods, great ending,
Cons: Excessively shaky filmmaking and poor visuals – looks absolutely awful visually to be honest, UNBEARABLY annoying characters – argue and whine almost EVERY scene to the point I almost had to turn it off just because of that, documentary style gets very old after like 30 minutes, WAYYY too slow & boring – where is the horror in this horror movie? how can people find this movie scary – idea yes has potential but product does not make you jump or excite you at all until the end for one second
Official CLC Score: 6/10