Seeing how Halloween is upon us, and this film is one that I must watch every Halloween night, I thought I'd do this appreciation thread. I love talking with other fans of the film, so this thread seemed like a sweet idea to me. THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT is one of my top 10 favorite films of all time, is my personal pick for the best film of the 90s, and is an absolute masterpiece of horror! This film was so hyped, and it is one of the few films that actually lived up to its hype for me. I absolutely treasure this film, and in all honesty, I watch my DVD of it once every two weeks. Also, in all honesty, I think this film is definitely the scariest film I've seen! I am a seasoned horror fanatic, and no film had ever freaked me out as bad as this one did. The unknown/unseen is truly terrifying as hell, and this film proved it. I still have a hard time sleeping after rewatching this film, because it really gets to me, and no, I never thought it was real. Whenever I tell people I love this film, I usually get a negative response, but I couldn't give two shits what anyone else thinks, because to me, this film is a true cinematic masterpiece, and I am not afraid to admit it. I, for one, liked all of the characters, and really identified with them and their awful situation. You can say they were all bad actors, but their performances were 100% believable for me, and that is great acting in my book. I especially loved Heather Donahue, and I thought her performance was perfect, and I found her very likeable, and not an annoying bitch as I have seen several people say. The unknown is extremely scary, and that is never more evident in any other film than this one. The bone chilling tent scene is done perfectly, as is basically every scene of this film. I was terrified from the moment they entered the woods (knowing the inevitability of things to come) to the eerie climax. I also wanted to mention one thing that I never see mentioned. This film has one remarkably effective (as if it weren't an effective enough film already) effect which is a much more subtle dread causing effect, and it just adds even more dread to the film if you ask me. The fact that when they first enter the woods, you can hear all sorts of animals, but the deeper into the woods they get, everything is dead silent and there are no animals in sight. Very subtle and creepy effect, even if it were unintentional, it works in spades. The naysayers can disagree all they want, but to me, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT will ALWAYS be an undisputed classic of cinematic horror! So come on, join me in appreciative discussion of this gem!