The Blair Witch Project
The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Combining Hi-8 video with black-and-white 16 mm film, this film presents a raw look at what can happen when college students forego common sense and enter the world of voodoo and witchcraft. Presented as a straightforward documentary, the… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: July 30, 1999
DVD Release Date: October 26, 1999
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Full of creepy campfire scares, mock-doc The Blair Witch Project keeps audiences in the dark about its titular villain -- thus proving that imagination can be as scary as anything onscreen.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

The scariest shots, from someone's little Hi-8 camcorder, document the students losing their bearings, giving way to panic and finally falling victim, though off screen, to some ineffably, unphotographably evil presence.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Blair Witch is the most dangerous film in captivity. It's a no-excuses horror show with an emotional wallop like falling headlong into a bear trap.

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M.V. Moorhead
New Times

Easily the scariest horror picture of the '90s, a movie that can take a place among the most potent and inexorable of modern shockers, like Night of the Living Dead or The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

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Paul Tatara

Whenever night falls, the movie takes off, but in a slow creep, with all your childhood fears of the dark suddenly revealing themselves as absolutely reasonable.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

You can dismiss The Blair Witch Project as a trick. Or you can give in to the treat and savor that rarest of accomplishments in a field notorious for tedium and repetition -- an original horror movie.

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Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)

It is a triumph of intelligence over special effects, guerrilla filmmaking over Hollywood spectacle.

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

The very crudeness of the film stock and technique contribute mightily to the feeling that things are out of control, disoriented and possibly subject to unnatural laws.

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

The thought that Blair Witch Project just might be real makes it much scarier than any of the teen horror flicks that have stumbled along in recent years.

Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union

Feel free to admire it: As a cheeky, clever stunt, it deserves it. Enjoying it fully might be a bit more difficult.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
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Dan Schultz
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Christopher Heim
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Christian C
Awful trash. Not scarey...just pathetic.
Kevin M. Williams
Reputation precedes this work justifiably as the effect achieved is immersion into the DNA of terror namely: your own imagination. One might ask,… More