Blair Witch

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  1. Lee_eel

    Lee_eel Second Unit

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    I know this movie is old news now but i would just like someones opinion on why this film is highly rated by some people. What is scary about it? What is clever about it?
    How can it possibly be regarded as highly as classics like Halloween and Night of The Living Dead. I am a huge horror fan but could only suffer through this movie for one hour. It really was the biggest piece of **** i have ever seen.
    Someone pleeease explain to me its good points.
     
  2. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    Lee, you're not the only one who's nonplussed by this title. It was the interesting way this film was marketed that created the initial buzz. But calling the "worst piece" of whatever is going overboard. Overrated, yes--but there are countless worse titles out there.
     
  3. Holadem

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    I was neither scared nor impressed by it either. Interesting movie, definitely worth seeing once, nothing more.

    It doesn't help that I watched it in a very crappy theater (Angelica, Downtown NYC anyone?) before it went wide.

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  4. Edwin Pereyra

    Edwin Pereyra Producer

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    I also did not find this film scary at all. And please, don't blame it on the "lack of imagination" aspect as I was also not scared (or disturbed) by that alien that was caught on video in Signs. [​IMG]
    ~Edwin
     
  5. Herm C

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    I'm also of the opinion that BWP is over-rated. One of the most boring horror films that I've had the displeasure of seeing.

    Out of curiosity Edwin, what horror films did you enjoy?
     
  6. Morgan Jolley

    Morgan Jolley Lead Actor

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    I thought this movie was creepy, but not scary.

    The original scary thing was the fact that it was "real" (some people actually thought it was real). The mood, the camerawork, and the ending are what freaked people out the most.

    I don't find movies scary anymore. I'm able to get into movies and sort of feel for the characters, but scary movies are mostly cheesy, dumb, unreal, or just aren't scary.
     
  7. Holadem

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  8. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    What this movie had was great marketing. The whole deal on the WEB was brilliantly conceived and executed.
    Guess most of the creativity got used up. Nothing left for the movie.
    [​IMG]
     
  9. Jason Harbaugh

    Jason Harbaugh Cinematographer

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    I don't think BWP can be experienced or appreciated now the way it was back in '99.

    It wasn't so much the movie but the whole buzz along with the rumors that it was true and all the internet stories. That first weekend when it went wide was actually pretty exciting cinema since it was sold out practically everywhere and alot of people really didn't know what they were in for. When I saw it alot of people believed that it was real. It was this excitement of seeing it with a packed house of people and seeing the mystery of the evening unwrap for the first time that made it worthwile.

    I am glad that I saw it in that type of environment at that particular time. Will I see it again? Nope.
     
  10. Vickie_M

    Vickie_M Producer

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    I never believed it was real because I don't believe in witches, but I liked it, had a great time! I had heard about it, but didn't follow any of the internet buzz. I was mainly intrigued by Ebert's 4-star review . I saw it on opening night and there were screams and people clutching each other aplenty.
    I think it has its place in cinema. It scared (the people who were scared) without showing anything. Whatsoever! That's not easy to do. The fact that it was made for such a small amount of money, and made back such a huge amount of money makes it a target for the "so what's up with that?" crowd. If it had had a small run and made a few million bucks, it'd be hailed as a beginner's classic.
    It's too bad that, so far, none of the filmmakers or cast have gone on to do anything noteworthy since then.
    I'm just glad no one's brought up cell phones!
     
  11. Jordan_E

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    The Others did nothing for me (probably because a friend blabbed the entire thing to me over one too many bottle of Go Juice!) and I found BLAIR amusing from a moviemaker point of view; I had to give the makers points for taking a easily made flick and turning it into a nation phenom for awhile.
     
  12. Joseph Young

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    Jason & Vickie: [rant]Ditto.[/rant] [​IMG]
     
  13. Dean Kousoulas

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    I thought the filmmakers were brilliant. Seriously, how many people go into a horror film thinking what they are about to see is REAL? And how a $60,000 film returned about $150 million at the box office is simply incredible. I also think the film succeeds in a way, cause it doesn't need loud noises and pop up scenes to scare people...it does a fine job by itself.

    Dean
     
  14. Morgan Jolley

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    Wasn't Blair Witch inspired by The Last Broadcast? I've seen both, and I can see how TBWP could have been inspired by TLB.
     
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    The Last Broadcast scared me far more than Blair Witch ever did. The St. Francisville Experiment wasn't half bad in this respect, either.

    But TLB completely destroys itself in the last scene. The villain could have been revealed without breaking the documentary style.
     
  17. Jesse Skeen

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    It was a good idea (I still haven't seen Last Broadcast or Cannibal Holocaust, which I've heard use the same 'fake documentary' format) but I didn't find it realistic enough to buy it. If the events in the movie really happened, do you REALLY think they would have wasted all that film and tape recording themselves arguing and yelling at each other?? Even though most of it was improvised instead of scripted, it just wasn't believable. I would have done it differently- I heard that people who saw initial screenings of "This is Spinal Tap" thought the movie was a real documentary about a real band.
    I did end up getting Blair Witch Project on laserdisc for about 3 bucks from Ken Crane's blowout sale last year; for that price it was worth taking another look at and it was one of the very last LD titles produced in the US.
    BTW will anyone confess to seeing any of the porno parodies like Erotic Witch Project? I'm wondering if any of those are actually funny; I did see The Blair Thumb and it was slightly amusing.
     
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