Wanting to make a movie seems like it is a very hard venture to undertake. Having to review every aspect of the story, along with keeping control of everyone on set, it might be one of the most taxing processes out there. But trying to film a documentary would be equally as difficult as you have to separate the facts out from everything else that you are being told, since you would need to find a reliable person that can actually speak to the truth and not let their heads get too big and change the story before going in front of the camera.
Heather is looking to make a film about a legend she has just heard about, the Blair Witch. Teaming up with Mike and Josh, she has enough information to get started, but needs to figure out what the locals know in the area and how the legend has changed over the years. With the younger population knowing little about the legend, as it is more of a bed time story for them, the older group knows a little bit more, but most are hesitant to share.
Starting back in 1785 with a woman named Elly Kedward who lured children away from their homes and drew blood from them, to 1941 when Rustin Parr came back into town saying he was finished and had the bodies of seven missing children in his basement, the legend has grown over the years. Not knowing what is really happening in the woods, Heather and her crew head up into the woods and try to bring the truth out about what is really up there. Only knowing what is in her book and word of mouth around the town, Heather believes that she can shine a light on the old legend and bring some truth out about what really happened.
Trying to locate an old grave yard where the bodies of Rustin Parr’s victims are buried, Heather, Mike and Josh wind up getting lost. Trying to gather their bearings, they end up walking around in circles, alone in the woods. Without knowing what really inhabits the wilderness, the group settle down for the night, but strange sounds start coming from all around them that they cannot identify, when suddenly their tent gets attacked by something other than a wild animal.
The Blair Witch Project follows a group of amateur documentary film makers that are trying to bring the legend of the Blair Witch to life. Finding out all of the available information that they can, they head up into wilderness and pinpoint every area that strange events have taken place over the years. With stories spanning from over a one hundred and fifty year range, they are sure something has happened, but do not know if it can all be attributed to just the witch. As they progress in their journey to find an old cemetery where one group of victims are buried, they find that the woods are not easy to navigate and get lost. After losing their only map, the group finds themselves at the mercy of the woods and try all they can to get back to their car, but something strange is happening around them that they cannot explain. As strange sounds get closer and horrible "gifts" are left in front and around their tent, they start to believe that they are not the only ones in the woods and need to get back to safety before it is too late.
This is one of the movies that genuinely scared the pants off of me in my youth. The fear of the unknown is something that kept me up many nights, looking out the window to see what the strange sound was that I just heard. I may not be correct on this, but it was the first horror film that I can remember that utilized the handheld camera that added scares like nobody’s business. The story was not bad as well, since you get all of these different stories about who and what happened in the woods so many years ago, you really did not get a chance to see who or what is really causing all of the craziness, it just left it up to your imagination. I know that was the scariest part for me as my imagination did not have an on/off switch as I was still maturing in life. A great movie to look back on as it was truly the first of its kind. Stay Scared!