The Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project

more so than subsequent found footage, this movie takes advantage of how the form implies that the boundaries of its narrative are dictated by its victims. as a result, it focuses much more deeply than most horror movies on fear as an emotion and the ways it shows itself. the blair witch, the genesis of that fear, is just a cipher, but dressed up in enough specificity--the creepily meaningless iconography of the stick figure, the one physical description of her--to be interesting nonetheless. the ending maybe goes for verisimilitude over impact, but the movie is effective up until then. the woods look nice too.