Not Your Average Horror

The Blair Witch Project is an interesting take on the idea of film students making a documentary, turned horror.


Photo by Kat Owsley

The most commonly known Blair Witch movie poster features one of the film students, crying with a knitted cap on, this is a recreation of that photo.

Kat Owsley, Social Commissioner

For most people, including myself, being trapped in the woods and not knowing how to get out is one of the most terrifying situations that can be imagined.

Heather, Joshua, and Michale, the protagonists of The Blair Witch Project, have been put into this situation, and it doesn’t end well.

The basic plot of The Blair Witch Project is that three film students go into the woods of a small town to make a documentary of the Blair Witch. A local legend.

Heather was the student who would be on camera and doing voice overs about information on the town, while Josh worked the camera and Mike took over the sound equipment. Josh knew both Mike and Heather, but Heather and Mike didn’t know each other.

In the beginning of the film, the three students are interviewing different people in the town of Burkittsville, where the witch’s legend got its start. The group is also seen messing around in their cabin before taking the hike to their first filming site.

Not much happens until they start finding rock formations and knocking them over. This is most likely what started the supposed hauntings.

Throughout the movie, the three are tormented by the supposed witch and never make it out of the woods, or at least not alive.

While The Blair Witch Project is a very interesting movie, I don’t believe it was all that I expected it to be. It wasn’t a bad movie, it just felt like it was three hours long.

It took a long time to become interesting to me because most of the time the group was yelling at each other. It was like this group had never been in a stressful situation.

I might be a little harsh since I’ve never been in this setting, but I think if everyone had been more calm they’d have been able to make it out.

Heather at least tried to be calm, but the boys kept fighting her and each other, until the end.

Since the film is supposed to be made from found footage, many shots of the adventure are blurry and tilted when the trio isn’t finalizing the actual documentary. (Photo by Kat Owsley)

The movie ends with Josh getting lost, and Mike and Heather having to stick together until Mike hears Josh screaming and runs to an abandoned building. Mike runs up the stairs with Heather close behind, then runs to the basement. It takes a minute for Heather to get caught up with Mike, who can be seen facing the wall. The screen goes black and Heather can be heard screaming.

I love the found footage aspect of this fime. The trio is only seen when one of them is filming, which is the most interesting thing I’ve seen. It’s a very convincing movie and if I didn’t know it was a fictional film, I’d think it was really found footage.

Another thing I enjoyed about The Blair Witch Project is the ending, I love how there are so many interpretations and theories made by the fandom, my favorite being that Josh and Mike actually killed Heather. It really shows the artistic range of the film as well as the creativity from the fandom.

What I didn’t like about the film was how much yeling there was. Even though the group had been lost, scared, and stressed, I’d think that they’d try to stay calm and work together, but it seems like all they do is fight.

Even though it takes The Blair Witch Project a very long time to have action, the good overlooks the bad. I think this movie is very intriguing with scenery that combines the beauty of fall with the horror of the dark forest.