The Blair Witch Project: 10 Years Later

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The Rarest BWP Poster.

Has it really been ten years since that hot n’ sleazy Austin Friday I got tickets for our group? 1999 was a year when one could see THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT and EYES WIDE SHUT on the same Friday, July 16. Sigh. Directors Daniel Myrick and Ed Sanchez have announced an on-site cast and crew reunion to celebrate, and I’d love to go. Hopefully, Criterion or somebody will release a definitive disc set replete with all the unseen footage that I’d loved to see, like the alternate endings with Mike Williams bound like a stickman, or the complete version of the awesome 1970’s “In Search Of” style show, “Mystic Occurences” detailing the Blair Witch legend. You can read my nostalgic Retro-View here and go to woodsmovie.com to see what’s still out there after all these years…

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9 Responses to “The Blair Witch Project: 10 Years Later”

  1. Adam and I were discussing horror flicks, and I said the only type I liked was old Hitchcock films, or in that style, like the Blair Witch Project. Adam said you were a big fan.

    I can’t stand today’s horror films, which are all the same “make you jump” style, rather than just making you sit there and poop your pants in anticipation. Guillermo del Toro has a good feel. Loved “The Orphanage”.

  2. christian Says:

    Yeah, the films now are not cutting it for me. Or cutting too much.

  3. while ‘blair witch’ was a pioneer of the ‘hand-held doco’ shaky-cam style so widely used nowadays (when i saw it in the cinema with a group of people a few couldn’t handle the visual aesthetic and had to leave; sort of akin to the depth compression sickness described in ‘the abyss’ where x number of people just can not handle it and bug out), the most striking thing about the film imho is the sound design, which is just epic. is there another horror film in which sound plays such a singular and effective role in ratcheting up the tension and fear? not for me. i think ‘blair witch project’ is a masterpiece of experimental cinema, and i’m always astounded when i come across people who hate it and find it boring.

  4. christian Says:

    The sound design is indeed an integral part of the film’s fabric o’ horror. As an unabashed worshipper of TBWP, I don’t see how you can’t at least appreciate what the filmmakers were after. Let’s be real: it changed cinema history.

    And too bad you’re not in Hell-A, leahnz, there’s a 10th anniversary screening of the film with the makers and cast at the American Cinemateque here in August…

  5. that sounds too cool for school, i really need a private jet

    (you know, weirdly, sometimes when a film really strikes a chord with me – such as blair witch – i don’t like to know too much about how it was made, i don’t want to peek behind the curtain at the wizard and shatter the illusion, i just like to watch the movie and imagine and speculate on how they achieved what is on the screen and leave it at that)

  6. christian Says:

    I agree, but their process was so unique and interesting it never gets in the way for me like some other things might.

  7. are you going to the 10th anniversary screening, christian? i hope so, and that you will regale us with a detailed account of proceedings, i for one would love to hear it (in spite of what i said above!)

  8. christian Says:

    Oh, I will be there. Wearing the costume I wore to Harry Knowles 1999 Halloween party: video camera, wool cap, plaid shirt, and backpack adorned with a single stick man. A year later I found my footage.

  9. in that case, you damn well better film yourself in that get-up! classic

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