Film Scouts on the Riviera 1999

"The Blair Witch Project"

by Thom Bennett

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Three Maryland college students enter the woods armed with a video camera and a 16mm in an attempt to document the legend of the Blair Witch. They are never seen again. One year later, their footage they shot is found. "The Blair Witch Project" itself is now the stuff of legend. Made for a mere $60 thousand has to date made over $100 million.

"The Blair Witch Project" should be placed with a handful of recent indie films as lessons in what a film needs and does not need. It is not much more than some random scenes and slapped together footage of these three people wandering, running, yelling and fighting through the Maryland woods. However, the collective result is far more terrifying and gripping a film than you could ever get by throwing hundreds of millions of dollars and a ton of stars into it.

In the current climate of special effects fiascoes, it is refreshing to see that there are still some filmmakers who understand the very basic premise that what you don't see or think may be there is far more terrifying than something made in a computer flying across the screen.

"It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious." -Oscar Wilde

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