It very seldom that a
revolutionary kind of movie comes out that challenges the whole horror film
concept. The entire package is without a doubt one of the best productions to
grace the silver screen. What it does is put the viewpoint of the viewer
inside that of the characters who use the camera. A little like a computer
game, a first person camera shooter, if you will. When I first heard about
the film I thought it was all true and consequently was pining to see it.
Needless to say I do love horror films and this one is probably one of the
I first watched the
documentary a week before the release, on TV, and was amazed by the story.
Then heard it was all made up and was referred to as a Mockamentory. I was
really disappointed because suddenly when going into see the film, the
illusion that it tried so hard to convey, was abandoned. This caused a major
downer for me because if it were actually real then we would all truly have
something to be scared of. A friend of mine saw it before knowing and was
thoroughly and adequately disturbed from the film. I envied him.
The story and background
is basically this, during the colonial era in America there was a fear of
witches and any convicted witch was burnt at the stake. The was one woman by
the name of Ella who was tried, convicted and then taken out into the woods
tied to a tree and left there to die. Her soul was somehow immortalised by
this morose occurrence and many of the townís children started disappearing.
There was a search party who went out to find them but they were all killed
and left on a rock to decompose. Another search party was sent out to see
what happened and they found the rock with no one on it. People eventually
left the town in fear of what they called the Blair Witch.
In recent times a young
group of students were willing to do a documentary on this bizarre myth.
After gathering all the equipment, they went into the town of Burkittsville,
which is Blairís current name, and investigated. After speaking to some
strange people including an old creepy lady who apparently saw the witch, they
go out into the forest to see if they can see anything unusual. They do,
and this is where I will stop for you to let your imagination run riot.
The whole concept of the
Blair Witch is done so well and when seeing signs of the witch will send
chills down the spine. There are filters and interesting techniques used to
produce the film to give the film an eerie vibe. The three characters are
very real and look as if they just stepped out of first year Uni. They donít
really attempt to act, and the realistic style is unique to film. Never to be
repeated again perhaps, which is a shame because this was such a box office
Of particular note, the
sound engineers did a great job and used their creative vision to create some
truly disturbing audio. Watching late at night can put the viewer on edge and
there is no knowing what will happen next. Each night out in the forest gets
creepier than the last. The sound technicians really knew how to use their
skill to full advantage and whilst the viewer does not actually see the Blair
Witch the sound does its purpose well.
The special Features are
without a doubt superb especially the documentary that accompanies the film.
The documentary involves many interviews with the townsfolk of Burkittsville
discussing the mythos of the Blair Witch. It is recommended that you see this
before the film as it provides ample information for the viewer and adds that
much more effect to an already impressive production.
Overall this is one not to
be missed and I must stress that for any horror fan this is an interesting and
different approach to the usual. Itís real, vivid and everyoneís worst
nightmare approach will have you talking about it for as long as it takes for
the hype to wear off.
The Blair Witch
and producer Commentary
- Cast and
Theatrical Teasers and trailers
- Curse of
the Blair Witch