The Blair Witch Project (1999)
• Starring Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, and Joshua Leonard
• Directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez
Part 1 of Review
• Turning out to be one of the biggest success stories in all of cinematic history, The Blair Witch Project is an incredibly gripping, and intense thriller that has left a remarkable legacy. The movie tells the story of three film students that vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind (IMDb). I have so much respect for this film to the point where I’m going to be breaking this review up into two parts. First off, I want to discuss the heavily effective marketing technique that was used. The Blair Witch Project is thought to be the first widely released film marketed primarily by the Internet. The film's official website featured faux police reports as well as "newsreel-style" interviews. These augmented the film's found footage device to spark debates across the internet over whether the film was a real-life documentary or a work of fiction. During screenings, the filmmakers made advertising efforts to promulgate the events in the film as factual, including the distribution of flyers at festivals such as Sundance, asking viewers to come forward with any information about the "missing" students. The IMDb page also listed the actors as "missing, presumed dead" in the first year of the film's availability. The film's website contains materials of actors posing as police and investigators giving testimony about their casework, and shared childhood photos of the actors to add a sense of realism. Both directors knew that this movie had great potential, but at the same time they also knew that it would have trouble reaching out to audiences. By pulling off this extremely effective technique, they turned The Blair Witch Project into such a well-known success. How else did they do it? Find out in Part 2 of my review of The Blair Witch Project!
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Part 2 of Review
• The Blair Witch Project has such a significant legacy, but I think the biggest part of that legacy is its found footage film style. Found footage is a film subgenre in which all or a substantial part of the work is presented as if it were discovered film or video recordings. The events on screen are typically seen through the camera of one or more of the characters involved, often accompanied by their real-time, off-camera commentary. For added realism, the cinematography may be done by the actors themselves as they perform, and shaky camera work and naturalistic acting are routinely employed. The footage may be presented as if it were "raw" and complete or as if it had been edited into a narrative by those who "found" it. This movie applies all the aspects in stellar form. The Blair Witch Projects creates such an intense, and gripping atmosphere just from the camerawork alone. When I first watched it, it was giving me anxiety because of how stressful it gets. I actually began to tear up, but not from being frightened or scared. I think the film was giving a display of such an intense, realistic situation that it made me emit some response like tearing up. I’m not exactly sure why my response was like that, but it sure was fascinating. I decided to pick some highlights of the film, including the most frightening moments; the most iconic being Heather’s monologue at the end of the film. I love how realistic that scene is. It just feels so real, and it sends shivers down my back! These kind of scenes built such a tremendous atmosphere, all without any scary visuals. That is why I love The Blair Witch Project. It’s the sounds in the woods and the acting that propels the film. We fear what we can’t see, but what we know is there. That’s why it’s so frightening. The Blair Witch Project is a groundbreaking film with an incredible legacy! It’s one of the best thrillers out there, and it will always remain that way. I have so much respect for this movie, and I hope that everyone else does as well!
Now watching Fabien Delage’s (@fabienwmk) DEAD CROSSROADS series. I wasnt really sure what to expect from this thing but so far Im finding it really captivating. It’s setup as something of a haunted house investigations program where director Fabien and his assistent Julien set out to visit some of France’ most haunted places and spend one night at each location to put them to the test. Despite both of the main characters speaking French the entire show is surprisingly narrated with an English voiceover - telling us about the history of each location as the story progresses. As far as mockumentaries go Im finding this to be somewhere inbetween fact and fiction. Theres a big element of urban exploring to the whole thing and the fact that its just two people doing the show also adds a lot of realism. Where many of your typical ghost shows (real or fake) would focus a lot on the technical aspects of trying to catch a ghost on camera DEAD CROSSROADS enforces a much more low tech approach and effectively soak up the atmosphere using little more than night vision and flashlights. I mean its pretty obvious that some of the more extravagant stuff is probably staged but as far as the locations and all that I can only assume the stories are based in reality and this makes for a really unique blend of real and fake. Ive had quite a few scares already and can certainly recommend you to look this up if you’re into the whole urban exploring haunted house angle. 🤘🏻#discjunkieswatching#discjunkiesmockumentaries#deadcrossroads#fabiendelage#dvd#dvdcollector#dvdcollection#horror#horrorcollector#horrorcollection#film#filmcollection#filmcollector#movie#moviecollector#moviecollection#horrormovie#documentary#documentaries#ghostshow#hauntedhouse#hauntedhouses#mockumentaries#foundfootage#foundfootagehorror
Little ghost buddys right there approve of sinister, it seems 👻. But does mr boogie do as well? Check the next pic for answers 😈... Sinister is written directed by @scottderrickson who has a history in horror and supernatutal movies (deliver us from evil, excorcism of emily rose, hellraiser V and even doctor strange) The movie itself more than once gets under your skin, it might even at one point will make you scream in shock when it plays with your expectations but doesnt quite deliver the way you maybe thought it will 😋. Overall a very good time was had with this one. All thanks to the dedicated performance by @ethanhawke and the haunting imagery paired with an unsetteling atmospheric soundtrack, consisting partly of ambient and noise tracks from norwegian black metal bands. The movie basically consists of 2 endings. One where the story ends and one where the events leading to the movie itself get explained. Its then when Sinister falls flat, suffering from bad child actors and repetitiveness. Up until then its highly entertaining, creepy and atmospheric. Give it a shot. #sinister#ethanhawke#scottderrickson#sinister2#mrboogie#boogeyman#horror#jumpscare#blackmetal#horrormovie#foundfootage#halloween#movie#movienight#marathon#deliverusfromevil#excorcismofemilyrose#hellraiser#doctorstrange#sshhh
I enjoy watching crummy found footage movies on Sunday afternoons....it's not a very intellectually challenging task. There are so many of them, and they are almost uniformly bad. So I was surprised and delighted when I watched Hell House LLC. When it was over I thought, "hey, that was actually good!" It had legitimately creepy atmosphere and competent filmmaking. I watched the sequel last night. It had some moments that were even more effective than the first film, but it wasn't as consistent (especially the end). But overall, it's nice to see people doing low-budget found footage fairly well. Plus, scary clowns and creepy basements! #hellhousellc#hellhousellc2#foundfootage#horrorreview#scaryclowns
“Mom, there's something wrong with nana and papa.” A concern dismissed with a cheap crack from the girl’s mother but ultimately the central plot of #2015 ’s #TheVisit , essentially a return to form for director #mnightshyamalan , who for all intents & purposes, goes back to basics. The man who terrified audiences with “The Sixth Sense” goes for the low budget #foundfootage genre made popular by movies like “The Blair Witch Project”, released the same year as Shyamalan’s brilliant runaway blockbuster as his best known film. TV, set again in the director’s home state of #Pennsylvania , concerns teens Becca & Tyler, having never met their grandparents, that end up staying with them after their mom (#KathrynHahn ) goes on vacation. What seems like a fairly harmless reunion of sorts as the pair are about to get to know their grandparents. Things seem peachy with bonding, baked goods & innocuous conversation. But things take a turn for the worst when the kids, instructed to go to bed every night at 930 on the dot. When one leaves a camera out, Grandma exhibits strange, feral like behavior & from here, things only get weirder & possibly more dangerous. I was quite taken with TV, given that Shyamalan, long seduced by the Hollywood machine that has turned out hits (Signs) but more clunkers (Last Airbender, The Happening, After Earth), decides to scale back & to with a low budget project he financed himself for creative control. It’s a smart move as Shyamalan never eases away from what he’s good at, which is making horror but also keeping his directorial trademarks in place: Pennsylvania, the ending (which I won’t spoil) & ultimately the idea of reconciliation & forgiveness. It’s an underlying theme in the director’s work if you really watch his past works. Given the initial family drama that drives the plot of this film, you’ll see it more clearly. Plus this is an inventive use of #horror as a family reunion is used as a terrifying story instead. #31DaysofHorror#horrormovie#instafarting#cinefarting DAY 14
As Above So Below (2014): Currently streaming on Netflix.
💎SYNOPSIS: Archaeologist Scarlett Marlowe (Perdita Weeks) has devoted her whole life to finding one of history's greatest treasures: Flamel's Philosopher's Stone. According to legend, the artifact can grant eternal life and turn any metal into gold. When she learns that the stone is hidden underground in the Catacombs of Paris, she assembles a crew to guide and document her historic mission. As they begin their descent, the team-members have no way of knowing that they are entering their own personal hell.
💎MY THOUGHTS (POSSIBLE SPOILERS): First off, I absolutely loved the historic value this movie offers. To my knowledge, it’s all true and those theories and people mentioned do exist. I’ve always wanted to visit the Catacombs, and this definitely added to it. (Granted you won’t be venturing off into the depths of hell during the tour!) As you watch this, every layer of underground they go is another layer of hell.. which I found to be fascinating. This movie is like a makeshift Dante’s Inferno. The deeper they go, the more apparitions they find for their own personal hells. Scarlett was headstrong into finding the Philosopher’s Stone and Flamel’s tomb. I loved her character. She was ridiculously smart and didn’t give up but then came to realize you had to rectify the certain event that each of them had in order to survive. Some make it, others don’t. 💎OVERVIEW: I really enjoyed this found footage film. It had me feeling claustrophobic in some parts and learning about what Scarlett was after was really cool. The ending was sort of confusing but I watched an “ending explained” type of video and it helped me out. I know this won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but I definitely recommend this if you haven’t seen it. 👌🏻 #asabovesobelow#netflix#paris#catacombs#history#philosophersstone#hell#dantesinferno#love#guilt#ghost#demon#apparition#horror#horrormovies#horrorfan#horrorfilm#horrorjunkie#mystery#thriller#foundfootage#moviereview#review#spoilers#sunday#movieday
October 13 — The Blair Witch Project. Taking a night off from the self-imposed backlog challenge to watch a favorite after a long day. From the irritation emerging in the three lost documentary makers to the persistent shaky camerawork, the elements that often put off some viewers remain some of this found-footage indie’s crucial tension builders, and are still able to sell the illusion of this being real discovered materials. When folklore intersects with the trio’s deepening intrusion into the witch’s supposed forested lair, the atmosphere continues to build until its fantastically enigmatic and macabre ending. It’s a campfire tale bundled together with an urban legend, and the brilliant execution of 'The Blair Witch Project' remains the benchmark of execution for all other films of the subgenre.
Hey horror fans! I’m switching it up a little bit. I’ve decided to also include some #HorrorShorts in the mix as well for you all to check out. I may not have time in a day to watch a full length film but there’s always time for horror! So here’s what I was able to squeeze in.
I highly recommend them!
Soooo..... Day #13 of #HorrorMovie a day for the month of #October is #NeverHikeAlone
Okay so picture this. A man documents himself going on a hiking trip. Then literally stumbles upon a big wooden sign buried under leaves and rubble that reads “Welcome To Crystal Lake”. He then realizes, he’s in “his” woods.... Jasons’ woods.
Never Hike Alone is a #FridayThe13th (short) film done right. Best of all, it’s kinda like a #foundfootage film. Jason is a larger than life character literally and figuratively. Kudos to the production team that clearly shows Jason Vorhees stature. He looks so menacing. Especially the fact you don’t see Jasons’ eyes this time around. There’s even a cameo by one of the main protagonists from the sequels in the franchise. Well shot, well imagined and well played #VictorDiSanti . Watch this one now on #YouTube .