Watched Mar 07, 2012
David Valkenet’s review:
Believe it or not I have gone 20 miserable years on this measly planet without ever having seen The Blair Witch Project. I had been put off by the vitriol on both camps, those who love it and hate it. There was the initial hype then the backlash then the anti-backlash and then the backlash all over again. Luckily for me, I am good at divorcing myself from all the things that are not the actual film when watching.
So, I watched it tonight. Alone. In the dark. And it was fucking scary.
I got a strong Texas Chainsaw Massacre vibe, in the sense that it felt guerrilla, DIY and 'real'. By real I mean that there was a small crew and it was shot on location etc. And just like Texas Chainsaw Massacre there is a pervasive sense of atmosphere, madness and insanity.
Many times when a threat is implied in film it doesn't feel threatening, however, The Blair Witch Project gets everything right. I felt the external forces that were lurking in the woods, I felt my sanity slipping as the psychological taunts escalated in intensity, and I desperately craned my neck to look around corners during the amazing finale.
This will definitley be appearing on my Top 100 Films List once I've had some time to properly digest it. Don't get caught up in the hype, watch it for yourself and make up your own mind.