Thursday, 9 May 2013

Netflix Challenge Day 2 - The Blair Witch Project

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Three student filmmakers march into the woods to make a documentary about a fabled witch credited with a string of murders dating back 200 years.

This is one of the most popular "found footage" films (The first one was Cannibal Holocaust) that kickstarted tho whole genre and was the first to be a Box Office hit.

Its all filmed with hand-held cameras to give it the low budget student feel but I thought it also helped give the feeling of fear due to only using the lights on the camera to light up the woods at night. You get to see the trio go from friends laughing and joking at the start slowly change to people on the verge of a breakdown. The lack of background music also helps build up the tension at night as you can hear everything like the characters breathing and the wind blowing through the trees.

At times it can feel like it is dragging on when they are just walking around in the woods but it all builds up, piles of rocks, things hanging in the trees, the fear of being followed, tents being attacked, I don't know if its just me but if you were to sit there and take it all in it can feel like you are right there with them.

This film helped push me into being a fan of "found footage" films because back in 1999 me and my friends got caught up in the hype from the reports of people running out of the cinemas in floods of tears through to the news reports saying it should of been banned and/or shown with a warning at the start and its safe to say that it lived up to all the hype! This is silly but it had a personal feel for us as there are some woods close to where we all grew up that had 2 old abandoned houses and of cause there were silly rumours of ghosts and witches that lived in and around them.

If you have never seen it then get it watched ASAP!

I would recommend The Blair Witch Project for fans of the Paranormal Activity series.

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