Thursday, 19 January 2012

You gonna write us a happy ending, Heather?

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

It's lost a little of it's power but is still an effective pretty terrific piece of film. Fun (it plays with expectations - a trip to the cemetery proves to be utterly mundane) and scary (the ending still packs an unsettling punch) with some decent performances and an interesting approach to how it was made.
By no means the first 'found footage' horror film but certainly the one that popularlised them in a way still seen now (especially with the success of the solid Paranormal Activity movies), it is aware of the dramatic license needed to buy into the premise and chucks a few lines in to sell the idea that anybody would keep the cameras rolling (I don't really buy into the idea things seem safer through the lens, it feels a writers conceit) but I also don't buy into a man jumping out of a window with only a firehose attached for safety - you just go with it.

1 comment:

  1. Watched this last night. Still a really good creepy thing. I saw it at the cinema way back when and really dug the atmosphere it builds.

    The missus thinks it's boring as hell though.