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The Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project

1999
Suspense/Thriller
Horror
1h 21m
On October 21, 1994, Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard and Michael Williams hiked into Maryland's Black Hills Forest to shoot a documentary film on a local legend, "The Blair Witch." They were never heard from again. One year later, their footage was found. The Blair Witch Project is their legacy. (Artisan Entertainment)
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The Blair Witch Project

1999
Suspense/Thriller
Horror
1h 21m
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Rated 01 Jun 2016
92
84th
This movie gets a lot of hate for spawning the now-ubiquitous "found footage" subgenre, but it remains an eerie and effective fright flick with one of the creepiest endings ever. Bonus points for its cutting-edge (at the time) viral marketing campaign, which was, to my teenaged brain, just as engrossing as the movie itself.
Rated 29 May 2007
82
83rd
I don't care how much shit this gets, it was the scariest movie I'd ever seen in theater up to that point.
Rated 20 Feb 2007
75
62nd
It's not great but it's still pretty freaky. I'm very, very impressed at how well it turns out for just being a student film. The entire film is unsettling with the "is it real or in their heads" angle. And the ending, my lord, I loved the ending. I honestly don't see why it gets so much hate.
Rated 13 Jan 2007
80
91st
I don't like the fad of dissing BWP out of spite, for the viral hype it used to promote itself and how it fooled people. This is a highly immersive, realistic and enjoyable movie, and strikingly original despite its linkage in a glorious tradition of great horror/shock-umentaries from Bunuel's Las Hurdes, through the Italian Mondos and Cannibal Holocausts to the August Undergrounds, all of which are staged but really have you going.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
1
0th
Ooooh, we're out in the woods. We're out in the woods. We're dribbling snot all over the place. We're out in the woods. It's dark and there is a sea of snot. We're out in the woods. We're in a creepy structure. We all drop out cameras when teacher tells Bobby to stand in the corner. End of movie.
Rated 16 Jun 2011
80
86th
Not only minimalism done right, the mockumentary style fits the content perfectly in that by letting the audience share the restricted viewpoints of their characters, knowing and seeing as little as them, Myrick and Sánchez nail the less is more approach, also exploiting the impression of realism inherent in home video aesthetics. The preliminary inteviews communicate a sense of forboding and we share the crew's frustration in the forest. The final scene is chilling. An impressive piece of work.
Rated 09 Jul 2007
4
83rd
Genuinely spooky. I was surprised at how many people didn't enjoy this film. I think to truly enjoy it requires a little bit of imagination: you never really see what is hunting the three hikers. Full of suspense and general creepiness. Worth a watch.
Rated 11 Oct 2007
92
81st
Groundbreaking, in a way. Made for pennies, and grumble all you want about the jittery camera, but that ending still terrifies me.
Rated 13 May 2007
4
74th
A clever idea that, I think, transcends the novelty or gimmickry of its ad campaign. Tension between the characters is effectively communicated to the viewer, and as a result this is an incredibly stressful film to watch. The last act in particular is absolutely terrifying, but it should also be mentioned that there is a good deal of comedy incorporated at the expense of amateur auteurs.
Rated 20 Jul 2008
35
20th
Didn't scare me in any way and the acting was terrible. Don't waste your time on this piece of crap people call horror!
Rated 20 May 2018
93
88th
Iconic grandaddy of the 'found footage' genre is much more a portrait of psychological disintegration than an out-and-out horror film - and is all the stronger for it; minimalist sound effects and prop design are creepy, but what makes this work are the impressive, naturalistic performances from the three leads, who all convince as 'normal', flawed, sometimes obnoxious but ultimately relateable people; their gradual descent into insanity makes for a uniquely queasy viewing experience.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
10
93rd
Never has so much been done with so little.
Rated 21 Oct 2007
86
55th
While it may not be extremely scary or brilliant, The Blair Witch Project is pretty damn good, and is an interesting film experiement. Having actually read about some of the techniques they used to make it on IMDB.com, I do admire the film while noting that its not a great one. The stuff in the woods is at times annoying, but I feel that the film expertly builds up a sort of eerie and strange atmosphere that is finalized with a dam creepy ending.
Rated 16 Mar 2011
10
1st
A Good premise, "is it real or not", "ad hoc dialogue", "shakey camera technique" ...... but regrettably, none of that premise came to fruition, and this film turned out to be the most boring and pointless film I can remember seeing for a long time. I know some people found this scary .. perhaps they wanted it to be because thats what they were told it WOULD be. In reality, this is a bore-fest from start to finish.
Rated 26 Feb 2010
8
94th
The Blair Witch Project gets so much undeserved hate these days that it's easy to dismiss it as a parody of its former self. That's a shame because it truly is one of the most effective found-footage horror movies ever made, thanks especially to the ending, which is one of the best in the genre. The decision to leave the "witch" unseen adds to the realism and, in turn, to the horror. Its effectiveness is virtually unmatched even today. I still get uneasy just starting this.
Rated 20 Aug 2019
10
4th
Another "Found Footage" film I can live without Hey if I wanna watch some guys in the woods with a chick Shaky camera's and a baffling plot I can rent porn and probably be more entertained
Rated 23 Sep 2018
81
86th
I don't care what anyone says, I love The Blair Witch Project. It's gritty, raw, messy, (like a reality show, how about that?) and terrifying. But, but nothing happens! They just wonder around in the woods! If you can't find the terror in being lost in the woods not knowing whether you are losing your sanity to your own hubris or supernatural events than I don't know what to say. Go back to watching your jump-scare ridden, atmosphere-less crap that comprises most modern horror.
Rated 10 Jan 2010
93
98th
This depends a lot on how much you can freak yourself out, and I'm a gigantic fucking pussy.
Rated 18 May 2008
31
1st
The novelty of the extremely low budget seems to be the only thing carrying this movie, since had it been a big budget movie with those actors and that plot it would have fallen flat on its face.
Rated 13 Jan 2011
75
72nd
Faded since it stirred up America, but kudos for making one of the most succesful horror movies of all time, using nothing but three actors and a forest, whilst inventing a subgenre in the process.
Rated 15 Dec 2008
2
21st
Meh, just not very good. The 3 leads are all douches and I hated them all. Not scary just kind of weird and gay and come on is this really believable? Oh God look a pile of rocks and some fuckin sticks!! Oh wait, we can't see anything cause it's dark for all of the "scary" parts. Shouting and breathing hard isn't scary people. If you were scared by this you are a n00b.
Rated 01 Feb 2007
86
80th
A genre classic, still creepy after all these years. Nothing scares like the element of mystery, what lies in the darkness.
Rated 22 May 2007
80
67th
Who would have expected this movie to be looked at the way it is now? Almost universally reviled by the general public in the current day, this is an excellent horror film that does a lot with a little.
Rated 16 Jun 2010
84
93rd
It does chaos so well, it's hard to recognize just how perfectly controlled this film is.
Rated 25 Sep 2015
50
29th
The Blair Witch Project is undeserving of its hate, and under serving of its praise. It simply just is. While it ends up with some nice tension building and gets points for creepiness factors, the direction is vomit-inducing and the acting is not much better. It's neither good nor bad, but I'd say it probably leans towards the latter.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
35
10th
Not so much scary as it is choppy and annoying. In an attempt to be unique and creepy, the film was made as something that is very difficult to look at without getting a headache. Due to my discomfort, I also believe that the story is stupid. Total crap!
Rated 02 Mar 2008
50
13th
OH NOES THE STICK FIGURES OF DOOM LET'S SWEAR LIKE MIDDLE SCHOOLERS AND SHAKE THE CAMERA SOME MORE!!1!
Rated 28 Jul 2008
96
94th
You either love it or hate it. I thought it was brilliant.
Rated 28 Aug 2008
95
96th
Wrongly maligned as a 'disappointment' due to the movie's hype, this is one of the most effective horror movies of all time, due to the no-tech aspect of the scares; it ALL takes place in your head, and that's the scariest place of all. Brilliant.
Rated 19 Jan 2011
89
82nd
This movie is not only scary, but very smart. Keeping the strange occurrences off-camera is a nod to the old saying of "less is more" (which is something that modern horror directors, such as Eli Roth, can learn from). I highly recommend this film to any fan of horror movies. If you're going to watch it, get into the mood. Believe every word of it. It's how it was meant to be viewed.
Rated 17 Aug 2010
95
79th
The movie that began the shaky cam horror film. Suspenseful, dramatic and one of the better endings to a movie of this genre that I have seen. Well done horror without having to rely on effects and gore. Highly recommended!
Rated 20 May 2013
77
23rd
I can't complain too much about it, The Blair Witch Project is an excellent spine-tingling mockumentary. Didn't like the script at all times but it's still creepy nor does it deserve some of the criticism it got. It takes time to sink in and it's a little slow but that's okay.
Rated 17 May 2014
85
86th
The year this came out went on an overnight elementary school class trip to some conservation area education whatever park thing and this fat idiot girl said she saw a thing in the woods and the entire class lost their shit at bed time and it was a huge embarrassing fiasco BUT NOT ME I SWEAR.
Rated 08 Feb 2008
84
81st
Have to admit...really got to me when I first saw it and the hype hadn't really set in yet. Doesn't really hold up to repeated viewings, but still, it packed a punch in its day.
Rated 02 Jul 2009
85
81st
This is one of the few films that truly scares me.
Rated 02 Apr 2008
60
41st
It's not really successful, but at least it's an interesting concept and does have a few scenes that could have been truly iconic and chilling if I had not seen them in various ways multiple times.
Rated 27 Aug 2008
30
2nd
Other than the fact that everyone I speak to who enjoyed this was under the misapprehension that it might have been real or based on a true story, I will never understand the appeal here. Not scary at all. The filmmakers had some real balls on them though b/c if I had made this I would assume it was junk and thrown it away. And that's not an exaggeration. It would've been beyond my imagination 2 think something so crappily done would be embraced by so many.
Rated 21 Oct 2010
0
0th
When this came out there was this huge following and excitement. I think the people who propagated the idea that this movie should exist should be punished. I never made it all the way through but I pity the people who tried to.
Rated 01 Nov 2009
40
5th
What a bad unprofessional thriller, no horror to see, and I'm wondering : how can you lost in a forest where there is a river ?
Rated 29 Jan 2008
70
56th
Inovative, but not scary.
Rated 10 Mar 2014
29
55th
Kind of cool to finally see the movie that got copied countless times in the past decade. And it was actually good.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
99
95th
My favourite horror of all time. All you gotta do is watch it alone, in a dark room, with a 5.1 speakers set aloud!
Rated 11 Jul 2008
70
57th
Enjoyable even though almost nothing happens. Some genuinely creepy moments.
Rated 25 Sep 2010
66
51st
Largely effective in its goals. Not as unique a premise as the creators would lead you to believe. It does not deserve most of the backlash it recieved.
Rated 22 Nov 2012
72
63rd
As a teenager in high school, seeing this in a theater was amazing. The hype surrounding it's release added so much to the experience. Marketing= 100
Rated 26 Jul 2008
85
80th
The gimmick works because it plays on your fears. The less you see, the better. Despite how it was filmed, there actually were some really striking shots. The performances were actually solid and the ending. Oh god the ending. I just peed a little.
Rated 07 Apr 2009
80
86th
Big budgets can never make me feel as weird and unsetteled as this thing, and guess how much money it used? Barley any! Hahahaha! All it uses is the color black and screaming.
Rated 02 Jun 2008
87
90th
Truly original and creepy in a good way.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
96
96th
Went in minus the internet hype/scrutiny - came out having watched the scariest film I have ever seen. Like Joey from Friends I keep my DVD copy in the freezer to feel safer.
Rated 11 Sep 2007
60
58th
Despite its criticism simply for its hype, Blair Witch is an original idea executed very well that will never see an equal.
Rated 25 Dec 2012
60
57th
Buried in hype, forgotten for that reason. Solid underneath it all.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
21
1st
Incredibly overhyped. This film sucks more than the best comercially available vacuum cleaner on this planet.
Rated 01 Dec 2006
85
30th
Say what you will, but when it first came out it scared the crap out of me.
Rated 11 Jan 2008
88
86th
Spooky, scary, horribly mind twistingly nerve chillingly frightening. Don't watch it in the dark without pulling the curtains first !!
Rated 10 Nov 2013
79
67th
Every now & then a film comes out that vastly polarises audiences, to this day, BWP achieves that. Perhaps due to it being behind the invigoration of the shakycam/now-spent found footage genre. Most likely it could stem from a case of TPSyndrome, as most know how much it made vs cost. Objectively, the characters aren't shallow (yet somewhat aggravating) & using the Jaws concept exchanging deep water with inky darkness, sound design & slow-build imagery worked well to create the mental anguish
Rated 31 Jul 2017
71
45th
The Blair Witch Project's brilliance lies in its ability to unnerve viewers with the unseen.
Rated 04 Sep 2009
9
93rd
The first and last movie where the shaky-cam is used effectively. Plus it's short, there's no gore, jump scares or clichéd plot devices, no happy ending, and the witch remains hidden, letting the amazing sound design remind you of the threat. It unquestionably had an impact on cinema and viral marketing (5 years before YouTube). It doesn't deserve the hate.
Rated 01 Jun 2007
90
86th
Astonishingly effective, considering. Never did I dream that anyone would ever make another "terror of the unseen" film, much less do it this well, and much much less have it turn into a huge hit
Rated 04 Feb 2009
60
65th
A movie that almost proves that films should be seen in the theatre to be truly expirienced.
Rated 26 Mar 2007
59
26th
A really creepy ending to the film, and it's nice to see it, especially before your own hiking trips, but it hasn't aged well. Credit for starting the found footage craze, though I'm not sure that adds points or subtracts them from this film.
Rated 13 Feb 2012
36
5th
It was boring and cheesy. It probably deserves a higher rating, but I really have to take off a lot of points for spawning the whole genre of found footage films (ok, I'm sure this wasn't the first, but it certainly popularized it).
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
38th
Not that great. It was good, but not great.
Rated 10 Oct 2009
74
62nd
I saw it before it hit national release so I didn't know much about it. At the time, the only movie I ever saw that I forgot I was watching a movie. Creative and scary.
Rated 16 Nov 2007
25
24th
i was entertained the first time i watched it, but i can't imagine it ever being anything worthwhile post-hype.
Rated 02 Sep 2008
15
3rd
A very, very poor man's Cannibal Holocaust, without the subtext. A good student film but lacks any substance whatsoever.
Rated 09 Aug 2011
4
70th
"Okay, here's your motivation. You're lost, you're angry in the woods, and no one is here to help you. There's a witch, and she keeps leaving shit outside your door. There's no one here to help you! She left little trinkets, you took one of them, she ran after us. There's no one here to help you! We walked for 15 hours today, we ended up in the same place! There's no one here to help you, that's your motivation! That's your motivation!"
Rated 14 Aug 2007
62
20th
This movie gets a bad rap but it's not so awful. Yes, it revolves around the gimmick of trying to convince the audience that it's real (which, it's worth mentioning, was fairly successful at the time). A lot of it is kind of boring, with just dumb kids swearing at each other and trudging around. But I think the creepy parts are still pretty creepy. The ending is really unsettling. The novelty of the concept has long worn off, but it was a clever idea. And honestly, the acting isn't bad either.
Rated 07 Feb 2012
68
55th
It would start a legacy that I would despise, but there is no denying (other than the lots that do) the effect of the film. If you escape into it than you know the potency of it's simplitude.
Rated 04 Jan 2009
0
2nd
If I wanted to see runny noses, I'd hang out with the local elementary school kids during recess. =/ This was an absolute waste of time. Therefore, it receives the big 0!
Rated 24 May 2008
50
5th
too american too much marketing around it. a bit slow good suspenese.
Rated 20 Jan 2009
78
55th
Aided a ressurgence of well made cheap comercial indie cinema.
Rated 17 Feb 2010
76
69th
I avoided this for years because of the hype. When I finally saw it, it was impressive. The last scene is positively dripping with dread.
Rated 09 Aug 2009
80
70th
This film has never really failed to creep me out. And whether people choose to admit it or not, it has had an enormous impact on the world of cinema.
Rated 13 Nov 2010
90
98th
Finally seeing this movie was like seeing a famous painting. You've seen pictures and read so much about it that all the scenes seem familiar and you know what to expect. Still it got to me. Briliant movie making with a non-existent budget. Solid acting and pioneeric style. The BWP is a classic for a reason.
Rated 08 Nov 2007
75
53rd
Groundbreaking in its own sense. Made movie history and should be watched for that reason alone. Still it works very well.
Rated 13 Jun 2008
74
85th
good movie
Rated 24 Aug 2007
79
66th
A hell of a noble experiment. Those kids deserve what they made for taking a tiny little movie like this and turning it into a sensation.
Rated 06 Apr 2014
70
30th
Its probably a good thing to watch this movie now, 15 years (?) after the (anti-) hype. So in the end: its ok. Nice suspence, surprisingly good acting and a main idea that isn't all new but works alright. The problems are the stupid figures and the script, that has to many holes to keep you interested. At least myself.
Rated 03 Jun 2009
87
66th
Creepy, and very atmospheric. You will never go camping again!
Rated 25 Jul 2010
80
51st
Realistic, but only parts of it were actually scary. Still, the film is good
Rated 26 Oct 2009
87
93rd
It's a shame this move gets so much flack for being what it is, because for me, THIS is how you do a horror film. I'm someone who has never been scared by the run of the mill, killer with a knife, cheap scares and over blown gore of most modern horror films, they just never do it for me, but the way they went about making this just sends shivers down my spine every time. Yeah sure the acting is mostly terrible and it takes ages to get going but it slowly builds up tension and then BAM, Terrify
Rated 15 Dec 2008
62
40th
Hype. Hype hype hype. Hype? And then a boring ending.
Rated 24 Jul 2014
52
70th
I found this to be a very simple, gripping film experience, in a way not dissimilar to "Gravity." And, fortunately, this one also lacked all the extraneous bullshit of the latter film. Just enjoyable exploitation, for those willing to let themselves soak it in.
Rated 13 Mar 2011
95
99th
This maybe considered a "Marmite" film - but this is probably the only film that had me actually scared. And I've seen most of the worthwhile horrors (and far too many of the non-worthwhile) . This film is not about what you see, it's what you don't see and how your imagination fills in the blanks.
Rated 08 Feb 2008
49
27th
I guess this was something different, so it gets points for that, but all in all, I thought it was pretty lame and I definitely wouldn't be able to sit through it a second time.
Rated 17 Jan 2012
90
65th
HURRRRRR I HATED THIS SUTPID MOVIE THE CAMERA ALWAY SHAKES ITS LIKE A HOME MOVIE I LIEK GUD SCAREY MOVIES I DONT NO Y SO MANY PPL THINK THIS SCAREIY. DUUURRRR
Rated 27 Oct 2008
80
71st
Be honest you were somewhat freaked out first watching this, that or puking.
Rated 26 Apr 2009
90
85th
Creepy as fuck.
Rated 12 Feb 2009
10
6th
Excellent marketing, terrible film.
Rated 07 Nov 2016
81
18th
an hour and a half of my life that I'm never getting back. waste of time.1
Rated 24 Feb 2010
78
38th
creepy, eerie, slightly scary, but not terrifying.
Rated 27 Oct 2012
20
30th
Flawed, but far better than its dubious legacy made me believe.
Rated 26 Jul 2011
10
0th
The hype surrounding this movie was unprecedented and in my opinion, totally unwarranted. I have nothing but respect for people who have an idea and go out and actually turn that idea into a movie and for that I commend the guys behind this movie. However as a movie it was boring. I didn't care about the characters or what happened to them and there really wasn't much more to it. It was a challenge to make it to the end.
Rated 09 Nov 2008
60
21st
Honestly I would rate it much higher if the camera movement didn't give me a massive headache.
Rated 19 Oct 2011
85
84th
Teeming with palpable dread from many sources, this is a masterful work of horror. It's not just that there's an unseen supernatural predator, or the fear of being lost in the forest, or having no food; those things combined are bad enough. But take that fright and put it directly in the hands of the camera operators, and it's suddenly on a whole new level of unease. I did not do well with the dark after this.
Rated 14 Oct 2008
71
1st
blurry and silly
Rated 30 Apr 2011
55
21st
It's quite realistic and sorta creepy sometimes. But it's not scary. Not at all. Actually, it becomes repetitive and tiring and the only thing that kept me from falling asleep was the anticipation that something really spooky was coming up. Well, it never came and the ending was a let-down. However, it's still an interesting little film, because of the originality of its concept and the convincing characters, but as a horror flick, it fails.
Rated 08 Apr 2022
60
29th
Inovador. Só.
Rated 07 May 2018
10
90th
masterpiece
Rated 10 Feb 2008
40
24th
Sucked ... wassnt even suspense... randomness of the movie made it suck... things just randomly popping out .

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