Mike and Jay revisit the 1999 pop culture phenomenon The Blair Witch Project. Does it hold up?
No, seriously. Does it? Let us know what you think in the comments.
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Sry going to pass this one. This movie was so fucking hyped and I went to see it. Dear god what a worthless piece of shit it was. I was furious when this pos finally ended walking out of theatre. I just want to supress the memory I never saw this. Bit like incest.
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Grow some balls and review Yoga Hosers. And then shit on Kevin Smith’s life.
What the hell! Jay replaced Susan!
In my opinion this is the best re:View yet because they actually have a somewhat interesting back and forth. But I want more fight out of Jay. If you think it’s great, don’t just say so; actually challenge Mike and try to shame him, because he clearly never surrendered himself to this movie in the first place.
THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT is the scariest movie I’ve ever seen. It does require patience, but that ending – with Mike standing in the corner – is simple and fucking horrifying. That you never see the monster is perfect.
The Bare Rich Project is my favorite movie
My girlfriend at the time didn’t realize Blair Witch was a fake movie. She sat through the whole thing thinking she was watching a real snuff film. We leave the theater and I’m all like “it was okay, I guess”. She blurted out crying at what she thought my heartless reaction to people dying…and at some kind of wood witch that must still be out there. Yeah, she was a moron. But what an ass.
The only reaction I got from this movie was nausea.
I’m 27 and have never seen it. It never appealed to me growing up, tho I remember the big fuss about it when I was 11.
I enjoyed the first Blair Witch. I’m excited for the new one but my expectations are tempered.
I think I dated her too. See you at the bar.
It’s worth watching, if for no other reason than the nude scene of the two twenty year olds bathing in the river at the 1 hour and 32 minute mark.
Eh, it wouldn’t be a horror movie without the token nudie scene would it?
Blair Witch Project was more about tapping into the fear we all all have about getting lost and feeling helpless. The witch element was just to escalate thier madness. I think it succeeded on that level, but I wouldn’t say it scared me. It made me feel uneasy and fascinated at watching thier sanity break. The marketing promised too much of a creature feature which I think dissapointed people.
Mike I’m a Millennial and I turn off my smartphone when I watch a movie
agree. i watched without any hype or preface and felt the lost in the woods aspect was well done. it also legit felt like found footage, making it creepy. you never see the witch so it coulda been who knows what messing with them
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Since Mike wants to know what 20 year-olds would think of this film, I’m 21 and watched it a couple years ago and I loved it. I watched it with my younger brother and we both found it terrifying. The viral marketing thing didn’t come into play and I don’t think any modern audience would fall for that given that we’ve been fairly saturated with it, making us more skeptical.
As for the mythology aspect, I didn’t care that I wasn’t sure what the Blair Witch was. I don’t really know why Mike was bothered by that. What makes the film so scary for me was how helpless and exposed it made you feel – little piles of rocks by a tent aren’t scary, but the implication that something was able to put that there while you slept is terrifying. Especially when the only signs of life are those weird stick people that looked like they had been there for years
yeah not sure it matters whats making you scared, so long as you’re scared. fear is mostly the unknown anywayz
I completely agree with Jay on this one. I feel the vagueness of the film adds to its style and helps buildup the overall believability of the story. With it’s sketchy spots, lost scenes it succeeds in feeling like “found footage.”
I remember watching this in the theaters when it came out and I found it creepy. I’ve always been big on ghost stories, and the Blair Witch, at least to me, is an interesting take on a, at the time, seldom used genre.
When it came out on VHS I bought the double tape version which included the faux documentary about the film, and I think I actually enjoyed that even more.
The filmmakers did a decent job of building a mythology around their idea.
Also, in regards to the ending, I always took it that Josh became possessed by the Blair Witch, and that he became her new vessel for acting out her fuckery; pulling out his own teeth, trapping his friends in that house and killing them, etc.
The serial killer from years prior was likely some hunter that she took control of as well.
I dunno. Just my 2 cent.
I didn’t even remember that there was viral marketing for this movie. I don’t think I started using the internet until age 10, which was not until November of 99. If this movie came out the summer of 99 then I would have been clear of any viral hype in my peripheral. And I saw it on VHS I think, so by that time the hype had died down. Anyway, point being, it was scary to me without any of that “is it reeeealll” angle. I always knew that was just a bunch of bullshit.
Same here. Wasn’t aware of anything, still the movie scared the shit out of me. Watched it a while ago – still works.
The vagueness is what’s so scary about it. The story about seeing the witch somewhere in the woods, hovering above the ground… that’s so creepy to imagine. I hope the new movie won’t show the witch.
Oddly, I’ve seen Book of Shadows but never The Blair Witch Project. I do remember the marketing hype and the wide chasm between those who thought it was great and those who hated it.
It still always comes to mind when I’m camping in the woods. I think that alone says something for it – it stuck with me somehow.
Not many movies had such an impact on me.
I find the Curse of the Blair Witch documentary more enjoyable than the actual BWP.
Faces of Blair Witch.
The Bare Bitch Project was more suspenseful than this piece of shit, you never knew when she would come
Hmmm… I think the Blair Witch just called my cell phone from a number in Vegas beginning with “666” Fuck you, witch. You are the drunkest.
“If you think it’s great, don’t just say so; actually challenge Mike and try to shame him, because he clearly never surrendered himself to this movie in the first place.” Isn’t that what pricks do? I think they both did a good job of expressing their own opinions without trying to shit on each other.
Is that a family movie about a dog going through chemotherapy?
No but there are a bunch of furry creatures urinating on eachother, in the end, that’s all that matters right?
Couldn’t agree more.
it’s clear Mike doesn’t give a crap about this little movie Jay likes. It’s painful when that happens. Like when you recommend a movie to a friend and they don’t get into it.
bar fight. BAR FIGHT!!!
i watched it for the first time earlier this year as a 25-year-old and i thought it was scary enough to hold up and really enjoyed it. not a big horror buff though, and id obviously heard of the movie before (all i knew about it was it was that movie that gave everybody nausea in the 90s for being shaky), didnt think it was real at any point, didnt know that was part of the marketing.
Seemed like he gave it credit for what it’s worth. I think it just didn’t scare him, more like it intrigued him and he didn’t feel like it satisfied his curiosities enough by the end. That’s what I was hearing anyway.
just finished the soundcloud, he did give it a bit more credit in there
Genuinely curious – ever watched 1992 Belgian movie MAN BITES DOG? As soon as I saw BWP I flashed back to MAN BITES DOG, especially the ending.
I should say, I can partially side with Mike on this one though. I hear what they’re both saying. I have encountered a lot of folk in my journeys who believe in what I see to be ludicrous things. At least, ludicrous to believe in devoutly sheerly off the rush or mental stimulation they feel from intrigue. Like you know… bigfoot… aliens… conspiracies… the sinister underbelly of the world I think is easier to deal with when you can attribute it to some sort of fantastical evil is all I’ll say to that. I don’t possess that disconnection though. Some may see something in the woods and they want to freeze and watch it from afar in great wonder and possibly adrenaline, teetering on that fence right between a field of “what ifs” and a forest of “who dunnits”. My instant reaction is to seek it out so I can prove to myself that there’s nothing to be afraid of, because that’s how I taught myself to deal with frightening things. So I close the distance between me and thing only to find… it’s a branch. Never fails. But my point is that what Jay likes in this movie is very strongly because of what they choose to leave out – to leave a little to your imagination. And back when I saw it, I appreciated that aspect of it as well. But at this point in my life were I shown it now, because of the sheer frustration I experience with people leaving EVERYTHING out so they can say: “oooooooh. What if this – what if that?” I like all that stuff. In movies. But I understand where Mike is coming from… they could’ve given like… a little subtle hint to what in their creative minds the actual answer was. I think at this point I’m a little annoyed with the subculture of the internet that tricks the kind of people who still click on ads into believing stupid shit. So I have a little bit of saltiness towards the whole “viral marketing” thing. And I’d like to actually get some sort of answers out of a movie if I pay close enough attention. I still appreciate the experience I had when I first watched the movie, but it probably would be different upon a reviewing.
So I’m 25. I, interestingly enough, watched Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity back to back about seven years ago with my college roommates. It was pretty interesting seeing the differences in tone, and I ended up finding Blair Witch a lot creepier and scarier than Paranormal Activity. Even knowing that the premise wasn’t real, I found it disturbing to think about. I’ve always thought that jump scares were a really cheap form of horror, though, so I’m sure that influenced my opinion pretty significantly.
Pricks can do that, yes, but in general I find that Mike tends to (way more often than Jay) take control of the discussion, especially when it comes to their OPINION of the movie. Jay will maintain his admiration, but he kind of accepts the disagreement and doesn’t fight the Good Fight.
BTW, I saw this movie originally on VHS the same week I realized PHANTOM MENACE was a terrible movie.
It’s been a long time since I last watched this, but I seem to remember that the scariest scenes in the film involve them wandering around in the woods, lost & panic-stricken. The unheard-by-the-camera cackling, the rock piles, and the little stick figures were a nice way of putting the characters on-edge, but it was their slow realization that they’re completely lost & they’ve been going in circles that finally made me feel invested in the film. Supernatural shenanigans don’t scare me, but the more real threat of getting lost in an environment that you’re completely ill-prepared to handle is a compelling one for me.
I agree, Jay tends to not challenge Mike much even when they clearly disagree, which sometimes makes the discussions less interesting than they could be. This one was a rare exception where there was more back-and-forth about things they disagreed on. Jay will let Mike run him over on stupid shit like Jurassic World but not so much when it comes to the horror genre.
did Mike film plinkett clips just prior to this reView? he’s in full analsis mode with sw references and comparisons of old versus new audiences
Sometimes I think Mike might be narcoleptic. Or they just record really late sometimes.
Nobody was laughing at the Exorcist rerelease when I saw it. I suppose the problem is that for most of the teens that saw it then, it had been subject to decades of parody in pop culture.
As for the Blair Witch, I still enjoy it. I think nostalgia plays a big part in that though. I also know several people my age that believe it is real, despite me explaining there are no fucking ghost witches and it’s a movie. That stands as a testament to its marketing campaign AND stupidity.
I really enjoyed that myself.
I haven’t seen it in years, I’m older than “mid-20s” and this isn’t youtube, so I won’t write whether it holds up or not.
I’ll write however, that after having seen it for the first time at a friend’s place several years ago (I may have been in my late teens) I had to walk home on foot through a wood after dark. Would not do that again.
Although the original call was for young 20-something-year olds, I feel that I still fit most of criteria. I am on the young side of 27, I have never seen the Blair Witch Project, and I am scared of most scary movies (I could only watch two episodes of America Horror Story). Most importantly was the one alcoholic bottle I drank before even starting the movie (not mention the second I am drinking now…).
I enjoyed the movie, though it was not scary for me. Which, as stated above is very odd because I cannot handle scary movie. Even the Nightmare Before Christmas will cause me to have trouble sleeping. I was very much into the characters and the situation they were in. As someone who has backpacked solo and in small groups all my life and has spent 9 year in the US military in the Infantry, the feeling of helplessness, frustration, paranoia were very easy for me to connect with.
The major disconnect began when they lost Josh. I knew what I should have felt but it just wasn’t there. When they woke up and found the bundle of twigs with the tooth in it, I knew what the director wanted me to feel, but it just wasn’t there. From then on I lost more and more interest with the film. For whatever reason I was disconnected emotionally from the characters.
This reaction might have something to do with my past experiences. From knowing about the movie and its production, to my personal experiences dealing with emotions that come with strain of extreme exhaustion, frustration, isolation, and helplessness. So, to answer your original question; as a 20-something year old, I did not at all find this movie scary.
Hope that helps with your “scientific” study. Love the shit you produce, keep doing it!
I think it still holds up. To me it’s one of the only found footage movie that actually works and uses the whole “found footage” thing effectively. YOU FEEL like you’re in the woods with those kids…that scene in the tent with the kids voices outside is terrifying. Any time I go camping now that scene pops in my head. Honestly, I think if you’re in the group of people that thinks this movie isn’t scary at all then you just have no imagination…the unknown is scary…seeing a chair move in a house in “found footage” is not
If you want to see what the Blair Witch looks like, via Todd McFarlane look up the Movie Maniacs Series 4 toys. It came out along with Blair Witch 2 and looks like some crap you would see in a modern horror flick.
Never seen this movie and was never convinced by the premise when I saw it blowing up. Not really a horror guy so I might see this if I ever a chance because it’s on TV or something. I’m so eh to this film.
The Blair Witch Project was a victim of its own success. I heard about the mockumentary aspect of the film before I heard about the film itself, destroying its gimmick for me and I think this is the case for many others at the time.
If this movie were only a mild success it would have made its budget back and you’d have people today stumbling onto it in an old pile of DVD’s somewhere and not knowing what the fuck they were watching and whether it was a student film or something real. That is what I think the film-makers originally imagined happening. They were aiming for a cult hit, not a mainstream hit.
People who don’t remember when this film was released it was basically the biggest horror movie and one of the biggest movies generally of 1999. The size of its distribution and the films marketting, which played up how revolutionary the mokumentary aspect was rather than playing along with the premise that it was documentary also fucked it over. Hate to say it, but being released straight to video would have improved the quality of the movie.
I think it’s a bit of a time and place thing. The late 90s was a perfect time for this kind of thing and the marketing helped the movie’s effectiveness A LOT. Like Mike said it was all about the nagging feeling of “is this real?” which was admittedly easier for me to fall for as an eleven year old. I doubt even kids would fall for it nowadays especially divorced from the marketing.
I think the real legacy of Blair Witch isn’t in modern found footage movies, but more in all that Creepypasta slenderman shit on the internet that effectively tries to recreate the marketing of Blair Witch rather than the movie itself. That stuff was and probably still is huge with the kids.
Is Jay Bauman replacing Rich Evans?
I think there is a lore and mythology of the Blair Witch in the movie, but none of the characters or we, are privy to it. A horror movie where the rules are never defined and the three characters are subject to everything without knowing. Building the uncontrolled dread.
Yeah, you never wanna show the creature in these kinds of stories, just the things they affect.
I looked it up and did not expect it to look like that.
These guys calling other people pretentious film students. That’s funny.
I can almost picture that being what it is quickly shown in the new one.
I see this type of comment the first time but they act like this stuff has been there for years
I watched it for the first time a few years ago which was in my early/mid 20s, so I suppose I sort of qualify. I hadn’t heard much about it other than that it was scary when I was a kid. Also I had seen Paranormal Activity beforehand when it came out in theaters, among a few other “found footage” movies like Cloverfield and Quarantine (none of which I thought were all that great). Overall I’d say The Blair Witch Project was definitely tense and creepy but certainly not the scariest thing I’ve seen; it had me saying “NOPE” a few times though, as I was putting myself in the position of the characters. It was definitely better than any of the other found footage movies I had mentioned previously. In my opinion it held up reasonably well and I’d have to say I agreed with Jay’s assessment more so than Mike’s on this one.
Yeah, I saw it a few years ago and hated it. I got what they were doing, but it reeked of trying too hard.
Yo dawg, I couldn’t have said it better myself!
i think i’ve seen he movie once, but i honestly remember next to nothing about it. I Hope the new one goes into the mythology more, both the witch and serial killer thing.
i think the Blair witch is LOOSELY based on Moll Dyer who may or may not have existed.
Let us know what you think in the comments.’
lol. nice joke.
it kinda looks like a mix between the Evil Dead and a Predator, i like it.
“Post a comment on this youtube board.” I’m legitimately beginning to wonder if you guys forgot you even have a Disqus section.
Anyway, to answer your question (even though you’ll never read this), my wife’s experience almost perfectly matches what you described. She saw the film when she was in highschool and took a Film Appreciation class. She hadn’t heard of the film at the time and the teacher presented it to her as a “real event”. Long story short, it scared the shit out of her. So yeah, as long as you have even the smallest bit of doubt about the authenticity of the film, the movie still works.
So… that means absolutely nothing.
Making Blair Witch parody movies was big business for a while.
It holds up as the best feature length found footage movie… I haven’t seen [REC] is it better?
Stop skewing the results old man! This is science!
Some stuff takes time… I grew up with Warner Bros cartoons, so I knew everything about Casablanca… then I saw it when I was 18-20, thinking ‘let’s get this out of the way…’ and I was not engaged…8 years later I watched it again, and finally saw the Great movie that I had grown up hearing about…
When the jump scare is a door closing… that also sucks.
It’s the first thing I remember seeing with an Ambiguous Ending… However the Best Ambiguous Ending….: Martha Marcy May Marlene!
Maybe Mike didn’t like it because there’s a character named Mike in the movie… I’d imagine that could break the immersion… I do not have that problem.
I worked at Disney at the time this came out, and the producers along with Daniel Myrick showed up at one of the nearby restaurants one day. Eduardo Sanchez and the cast showed up the next day. It was amazing how these people were treated compared to other celebrities that walked through the park. People literally walked up to Sanchez asking if the film was real, with him pointing to the cast in mild bewilderment. Tourists would ask for autographs just to prove to people at home that these cast members were real. Tourists, oddly enough, weren’t so brazen with A-listers and left them alone.
The Olsen twins tried in vain to get Disney’s special celebrity treatment, with their own guard to ward off fans, and were denied each and every time because they weren’t famous enough. By the end of the day, Sanchez and the cast were allotted their own Disney guard when touring the other parks because of people brazenly coming up to them asking about the legitimacy of the film’s premise.
Maybe if the Olsen twins told Disney about Plinkett, they would have received security.
Damn guuurl. Supreme shill overlord status right there!
On the same note, i really liked ‘Into Pitch Black’ (never seen the actual film)
This is the only time I can tell this story and only look like a sorta weirdo in doing so. I can bring up “I met the Blair Witch cast. They got more attention than when Sean Connery visited the park” now and people either call bullshit or don’t know who either of those names are.
those people clearly don’t know the rules of life. like how the gun is good! and the penis is evil!
I see Regan flailing around in the bed and hear “I whip my hair back and forth” from Willow Smith. Internet memes have made it very hard for me to watch that film and take it seriously anymore, even though it horrified me as a child.
it’s based on the legend of Moll Dyer, which is pretty big in the area where she’s supposedly from, but basically, yeah.
Who else sees a RLM update and saves it for later because it might be a while before the next one?
Loved it. I had heard a little buzz about it and was fortunate to catch it in the theater when the hype was just building but before all of the viral marketing (and subsequent backlash) kicked in, I guess — I don’t remember there ever being any suggestion that it was “real” until months after I’d seen it and they’d come out with things like the fake missing persons posters you could download and print. The bonus of the timing was you had bragging rights: “Oh, you’ve seen that? Was it scary?”
Was it scary? Hell yeah. It dragged me out into the lobby, bent me over the concession counter, lubed me up with fake butter topping and molested me right there in front of everyone. I had grown up in a really old house with a stone basement and tin roof that sat well off of the main road, way beyond where the street lights ended and surrounded by woods, so yeah, it resonated with me … the mind comes up with some weird things when it’s truly dark out — you know, advanced darkness. The only thing that took me out of the film was the characters’ supply of batteries; you were lucky if your big-ass video camera with a motor rolling inside lasted a couple hours let alone days. But that climax freaked me out for weeks. I think I’ve seen it once since but wouldn’t want to again for fear of being let down, but the memory of catching it when it was new is a great one.
I still find the Exorcist to be one of the few disturbing and creepy horror films ever made. The spawn of Jada Pinkett are far more wretched than any ancient demon though.
I’ve watched Casablanca 2x in the past month. It gets better every time I see. Cartoons built up a mystique for Citizen Kane for me as well. I sought it out when I was younger and love it too.
Casablanca has such a great setting. Espionage, black market activities, Nazis, Vichy, exotic setting, danger, and romance. It’s a shame there weren’t many films to match this environment. The Third Man comes to mind and you see its influence in Mos Eisley in 4 and Indiana Jones.
I didn’t think it was very good to begin with. A completely unresolved gibberish story and shaky cam to the max.
I heard there’s also the videogames Blair Witch Vol.1-3, which goes more into detail about the legends and tales. Haven’t played it yet, but some people told me it’s pretty good. A good suggestion for a Jay PreRec stream on Halloween.
I’ll try making a found footage movie, that’s a good trick!
We need to get Heather working because she’s a funnier character then we’ve ever had before. Heather’s the key to all this.
It’s so dense every scene has so much going on (aaaah shut up!)
that’s a good question if anyone knows. that cave movie felt almost found footage but can’t remember now
Funny, i heard the chick ,Heather?, got a lot of hate just after release for screaming throughout the film
I was pretty young when I saw Citizen Kane the first time (12-13?). I didn’t get it. “Why is he so sad if he’s so rich?”… Young me was an idiot. Old me is an entirely different kind of idiot.
I was 19 when this movie came out. I had heard about it a few months before its wide release. I knew it wasn’t real, but I was excited to see it anyway.
I saw it on opening night of its wide release. The theater was packed. You could hear a pin drop during the entire movie because everyone was so scared into utter silence. I loved it.
I loved it so much I saw it again in another theater about a week later. Same thing happened. Dead silence through the whole movie. Errybody too scared to make a peep.
I saw Blair Witch yet again the next week in yet another theater. This time, the audience was more, umm… urban. They hooted and hollered through the whole movie, laughing and clowning. It totally ruined the movie. Exposed it for the quaint little gimmick it was.
I did not go back to see Blair Witch again the next week. And I have no interest in ever watching Blair Witch again.
But those first two viewings were great man. Totally terrifying.
I saw it opening weekend in NYC and knew it wasn’t real, but remember laughing at people who sincerely believed it was. I still love this flick, but it’s a slow-burn with lots of ambiguity that was pretty much born to be divisive. For me the horror comes from watching three believable suburban kids heading out on a dangerous expedition while horribly under-prepared, and the slowly dawning realization of just how completely f****d they are. Not unlike Alien, really.
I once got into an argument with a friend thought there was nothing scary about the film, only to find out he’d never been camping. Just sayin’.
I’m shocked that Mike didn’t hate this film more. It seems like one that wouldn’t appeal to him at all.
I’m also surprised that two filmmakers didn’t mention how much of The Blair Witch Project was created in the editing room. The found footage was originally intended to be one element in a feature-length mockumentary, but that changed when they started cutting it together. Which probably enabled them to take so many risks when shooting in the first place.
A reboot expunges all previous continuity. That’s what a reboot is. Mike – please stop calling sequels “reboots” or “soft reboots.” It’s only a reboot if above. The only “soft reboot” in film I can think of is Marvel Studios’ Incredible Hulk, because it was too soon after the previous film to pretend it didn’t happen, but it also wanted to completely re-cast the characters and re-write the story, so it was basically a reboot pretending not to be a reboot, which, I guess, makes it a “soft reboot.” Stop saying sequels are reboots. If you keep misusing the word, the misuse will enter dictionaries, like “literally,”
We don’t want that.
It’s so weird that you think you would know what a person you’ve never even met would think of something, and then discuss this stupidity publicly.
I watched it in the cinema when I was a teenager, and it spooked the heck out of me, and I had no desire to go back and watch all that again.
Good story, bro
Please stop talking.
I don’t know what it is to care that much about what other people are thinking.
But it rhymes.
I think so.
will the new film be set in pre-2000? cell phones would kinda ruin the deal ..unless they were all out of range or the witch put a curse on apple products. now im curious
Is Brad Carlos replacing Susan?
Also, it’s hard to take a movie seriously as a piece of art when a major part of its impression was that incredibly stupid people thought it was real.
You want to do all this scientific testing? If only you guys knew some man who was also a scientist…..
That happens all the time when I recommend Redlettermedia videos to people.
24 years old and just watched it. I did like it. I felt most of what was supposed to be creepy and uneasy gave me that vibe and the ending was pretty spooky. There was a bit too much bickering in the beginning and the early hauntings felt pretty cheesy but once the descent into madness started kicking in I liked it a lot more.
As a side note I’ve done a lot of solo trips camping and exploring abandoned buildings and both of those things were really genuine and helped me get more into the movie. The abandoned building in horror movies always feel like sets; clean walls, clean floors, functional lights but that house felt very real and I liked that.
I remember watching Blair Witch and hating the ending. They should have had the camera filming stuff and showing one person, then another, then the third and we the audience would realize the baddie was doing the recording at the end. Plus, wtf, FOLLOW THE FRIGGIN RIVER! You don’t need a map, just follow the river!
At one point a bunch of people assumed that the baddie was, in fact, holding the camera in the last shot, because it floated down the stairs in an unnaturally smooth manner, and also the girl’s audio sounded like it was coming from far away, but I don’t think there’s any solid evidence to this theory. Blair Witch missed quite a few opportunities to be genuinely scary.
I’m with Mike on this one. Halloween is also one of my favorites. Great discussion guys.
I would rather run down a flight of stairs with a thumb in my ass before I would want to see this stupid shit again…
I would rather go down on a horse and swallow before I would want to see this stupid shit again…
I would rather eat a shit sandwich before I would want to see this stupid shit again…
I only watched the Blair Witch Project once years and years ago when I was around 12 or 13. I can’t remember my exact feelings, but I know that the ending with the corner definitely stuck with me.
Unfortunately what I remembered most from that particular movie night was an awful anthology film of Blair Witch “”””spoofs””” that we had rented at the same time. “The Bogus Witch Project” was the first viewing experience that I can remember in which I stared blankly and unenthused at what was supposed to be comedy.
That fillum was bad, leek ma speelling baad!
Of course it doesn’t hold up. It was terrible and boring when it came out. There’s a lot of bad movies that can still hold up because the bad effects / acting can be enjoyed today as cheesy/schlocky/etc. You can’t reframe a boring movie into something entertaining though.
That’s cool, but Curse isn’t a documentary about the making of the movie, it’s a fake documentary about the Blair Witch, made in the style of In Search Of or something like that. It’s like a documentary with all of the mythology and background missing from the feature without all the bickering and walking around the woods.
Jay you miserable fanboy, listen to Mike. He’s trying to help you.
Yes, I know. Into Pitch Black is the same style thing (not a mocumentary like Curse per se, but basically an extended mythos/background to set up (promote) Pitch Black) which also aired on SciFi similar to Curse (hence why I mentioned it)
Can RLM review Primer?
Ah, I see.
Yeah, I remember thinking the acting in the documentary was INCREDIBLE – meaning the people being interviewed seemed totally believable – more so than in the actual movie. It didn’t matter that I watched it after the fact; I still enjoyed it.
The movie is a mess but an interesting one. It was a hell of a lot of fun if you saw it blind in 1999. But it just doesn’t hold up on repeated viewings.
I was a child when this first came out. I saw it a few years later as a teenager, was terribly bored (not scared at all) for most of it then forgot what it was even supposed to be about. I was a big fan of Sci Fi/horror in my youth mind you. I love things from the 90s. I don’t know who would put this on a list for horror movies. I mean, did you ever see the movies Species 1 or 2? Those were in the 90s, and they were some good movies Or what about Mimic? Great horror movie. There’s also a good remake of the Bodysnatchers in the 90s, and House On Haunted Hill, which I love. Or what about Event Horizon? Or Sphere? So many decent things you could be watching, instead of Blair Witch Project. I have tons of Sci Fi/horror movies I like from back then. Black Witch Project is a pile of shit. There’s even a remake of Puppet Masters in the 90s, which is decent,
Comment invalidated for praising the “remake” of House on Haunted Hill (Jeffrey Combs notwithstanding). unless I am misinterpreting, and you are correctly praising the original)
So I’m 26 if that counts. I was 9 when the film came out and wasn’t allowed to see it but I clearly remember the marketing and my older sisters going to see it. I just watched it for the first time and I knew it wasn’t real, but it might be one of the most unnerving and creepy films I’ve ever seen. I camp a lot and those piles of rocks and stick figures gave me a real physiological reaction. Goose bumps, raised heart rate, etc. slow burn creepy films like this and the first paranormal activity scare me a lot. I don’t really like slasher movies like Halloween or anything. I’d call this a damn near perfect horror film.
…and hated women.
You’re an IDIOT.
The reason the sound was strange was because the audio was only coming from ONE of the cameras (and the movie establishes this). It’s one of the reasons that last sequence was so effective.
How bout you GET OVER IT? Judge it by its own merits.
I bet there’ll be something simple and stupid, like suddenly the cell phones “have no service.”
So you’re saying that black people ruined the movie for you?
Seeing a movie blind? That’s like hearing a song deaf!!
The Guest is excellent.
Which Twillight movie was Connery in, again?
Jeesus, people trashing this movie as if it was Clerks.
I think it’s an excellent movie, because of it’s tone. It’s not for everyone in terms of taste, that’s where the gimmick comes in. Because people thought it was ‘real’ they were more willing to forgive it’s slow narrative and the movie couldn’t bring out a real witch because it would betray it’s aesthetic and people would realize very quickly that it’s ‘just a movie’. Many people were still believing it was real even AFTER watching the movie, try pulling that off as a filmmaker. The leap of faith is one of it’s core elements. I had the feeling back then, that some people felt like a cheated wife when they found out it was fiction. But the hook worked because I bet there were a lot more people going into this movie with a curious attitude rather than a snarky one.
I think a lot of people became jaded because of the flood of graphic horror and Fox News, so they are conditioned to expect ‘extremes’ in their movies. So I get why this movie is not ‘working’ for a lot of people today and they prefer something like REC with a monster end boss (which is still a good movie, but in no way does it feel authentic).
I think BWP still has a lot of things going on that sets it apart from horror movies, even today. I like the simplicity of the movie, and because most of the time it’s not really the witch that’s terrorizing them. I love that the majority of the movie takes place during daylight and still maintains an eerie atmosphere (something David Lynch is really good at) – and we usually associate going into the woods as something beautiful, like going to the beach, but films like JAWS can change your perception even on this one.
This movie had almost no budget and it is still so competently and well done. Everybody should know by now how hard it is to make a movie, and that working with the best screenwriters, actors, cinematographers, directors means shit for a good movie. It’s dedication and a unique vision, and sometimes it only takes a few people to achieve it.
When I moved back from California I lived in my father’s house for a few months, and all the neighborhood kids that were children when I was a teenager were now ne’er-do-well twenty year olds. So in that two-three month period I drank beer in their backyards and watched adult swim in their parent’s basements.
And I can tell you that this movie portrayed those people at that time PERFECTLY!
The girl that walks into the party and says “So does anybody have any pot?” I knew that girl. That was so spot on, I almost fell out of my chair. People treat her like she’s a hot girl, and she’s kinda hot, but she makes up for it with a good attitude and gets slutty when she’s drunk, so people let her slide when she acts bossy or says something stupid. I knew that girl.
And of course you kicked the fucking map into the stream. Of course you did, that’s what you do. It was stupid and counterproductive, but you showed that map, didn’t you. You’re 20, grand dramatic gestures are much more important than trying to fix the problem. Maybe sulking will help. Maybe your parents will see you sulk and fix everything for you.
So forget about the rocks or the witches, its the portrayal of those kids then that makes this a classic.
That film makes Plan 9 from outer space look like a masterpiece.
Although it was better than Prometheus.
Well I was about 14 when this came out, the perfect age maybe. And I loved it despite the horrid dub. At the same time I discovered Lovecraft who had the same element of “is this real?”. Some kids need their creepy legends and myths, it’s never the adults.
Is SUPERMAD replacing SUSANMAD?
Jay said he’s too “furmiliar” with the movie?
“If we grabbed a bunch of 20 year olds, put them in a theater, took away their phones, closed the doors …”
… and pumped the room full of fast-kill, low-irritant insect killer?
If it helps with the research, I was twenty years old when I saw this, and my reaction was, “I see what you’re doing. Good job doing what you set out to do. But I didn’t enjoy sitting through it, and it wasn’t scary.”
I think the problem people have is they judge it as a horror movie, when it’s actually a psychological thriller.
The contrived reality is supposed to make you empathize with the characters and feel the escalating sense of menace and helplessness. The ending is like a car accident or a beating, where you don’t know what’s going on, but you know it hurts.
There’s also the Naturalist angle, where city folk wander arrogantly into the wilderness and discover too late that they’re completely dependent on civilization and are unequipped to survive without it. Stories like To Build a Fire or The Interlopers.
I like those stories because you experience the trial the character is going through, but in the back of your mind you’re thinking, you know what, serves you right.
Fair enough. But even removing the “it’s not scary” criticism, I still wouldn’t care for it. It reminds me of Italian New Wave. Like, I get it. And I see the craft in it. Don’t wanna sit through it. It’s too hard a slog.
I felt it.
But the other thing is, speaking of the artsy aspect, VHS in a theater was really interesting. Imagine something made for a 90’s tv projected in cinemascope or whatever. It added to the effect, I can’t really explain how. It made it both more real and unreal.
Video can create a spooky atmosphere for sure, the way black & white can, or a really old film print. Yah, not sure why, but I feel that. (I saw The Fog a couple years ago in a theater and the print was all fucked up. The movie’s not scary but all the scratches in the print made it spookier that it might have been otherwise.)
And yah, in this case the crappy video was part of the realistic effect. The level of realism BWP achieved is unmatched by any of its imitators. It really captures the feeling that you’re watching unfinished footage that was found under a pile of rocks. It’s like they intended it to be more of an experience than a traditional motion picture. In that, they succeeded. I admire all the work and attention to detail that went into making look and feel so raw and real. I didn’t get into it as an experience though because I wasn’t able to believe it was real, and I didn’t care for it as a movie because I’m just not an admirer of realism, or more generally, films that I can only appreciate on an artistic level but from which I can’t derive any actual entertainment.
Space Cop > Blair Witch.
Well if you ever end up in Project Almanac, go back to the 90’s and catch it in theaters. Then go to the bar and hang out with a bunch of guys dressed like spin doctors.
I found this movie boring. Watched it when I was 24.
“The Braille Witch Project” was the version for blind people.
You seem to be addressing “user comments” or “feedback” more recently. Since it appears that you read the comments, for what it’s worth; I have never commented or read any comments, maybe I’m the minority, but I say just do what you do, don’t feel the need to explain or justify your exposition to people who want to think like they know more than you. Keep up the awesome work!
Well, ACTUALLY, The Last Broadcast is a really terrible movie that no one would have cared about if they didn’t have Blair Witch-tails to ride on.
I was dating a chick back in 2000 who was bit of a movie buff, so I gave her three videos as a Christmas gift, including “The Blair Witch Project.” That crazy cunt threw the tape at my head as soon as she opened it. Sometimes I wonder why I married her.
We saw it at the Angelika when it first came out, which was sort of the perfect venue for it. This was in the middle of the marketing blitz, when they were still playing coy about the film’s veracity. So they turned the lobby into a kind of museum / evidence locker, showcasing phony police reports, eyewitness statements, blurry. Bigfoot-like photographs of “the witch”, etc. I remember thinking that was kind of cool, even though I was convinced the whole thing was bullshit. Unlike most movie marketing, it was creative and fun, and required no tie-ins with Pizza Hut, Sears or 7-11.
I enjoyed the film. It was an experiment that could have blown up in their faces, but the vagueness of the characterizations worked in its favor, helping to make the “scenes” feelvery natural. The way they bickered was perfect, but I also loved how certain occasionally fell silent for long stretches. It never seemed like someone was trying to come up with the perfect line, or upstage the other two. Maybe that’s the result of good editing, but it was memorable. And while it was short on scares, there was a spookiness and tension to one of the night scenes in the tent (the one with the giggling, if I recall correctly).
As for my dear witch wife, she claimed she thought it was “okay” at the time, but that was apparently a steaming pile of horseshit. To this day, I have never discovered the reason why she hated it so violently, or why she kept that hatred a secret.
Hah, what a story, Mark.
No, really. I can imagine the Papa John’s tie in commercial now. The pizza guy is standing in the corner of a dimly lit room with a pzza box and when he turns around THERE IS NO PIZZA INSIDE.
For the Sears promotion, they could have offered a free pile of rocks with each purchase.
I said this is what some people assumed, not that I had assumed this. You must genuinely be a moron to fail this hard at reading comprehension, not to mention social skills.
You guys definitely have a different view of this film than I or pretty
much anyone I know had. I watched this film when it first came out and
was so bored it was all I could do to sit through it. After seeing I
only ever know one person who claimed to have liked it, so there was at
least one. I always thought this was more marketing gimmick than actual
film, as in my experience so few people ever had anything good to say
I can usually watch a movie I didn’t care for more than
once, but not this one, ever. I actually consider it to be the worst
movie I’ve ever watched, stupid, boring, and insanely over hyped. No
redeeming features to be found within.
I’m an 80 year old man and I just watched this movie in the dark for the first time and I nearly shit myself, but that happened while I was watching Space Cop too. Bring back Plinkett before I die you fuuuccck
YAAAY extra content!
Which cartoon monster did you play? Hope it wasn’t that asshole Goofy.
I remember sitting in the theater, watching the Blair Witch Project in
1999. I was scared out of my mind that I had just paid $6.50 to see a
movie like this, and I likely wouldn’t be able to get my money back!
But in all seriousness, one of the first amateur films I did was a Blair
Witch parody on public access TV, back in 2000. Ah, memories.
I have no ability to seduce stupid people. I’ve tried. Thank you for letting me know what it’s like to touch a stupid person with your penis.
The thing I liked about The Blair Witch Project was that it ramped up constantly. It wasn’t by far the scariest movie ever, but the ending was terrifying, and it had been a continuous build up until that moment.
have you still not watched it yet ?
I watched, but I just noticed the raw audio
Please re:View Spaceballs when the Rogue One hype hits ludicrous speed.
Go to this video’s youtube page and upvote the comment reminding Mike and Jay they have a discus comment section too!
Who wears short shorts??
I can praise it all I like. It’s a great movie. It doesn’t matter if the original is better or not. The fact that product A may or may not better than product B, does not mean product B is bad.
In the past, we used to actually get good remakes. Even before remakes in the 80s or 90s, Hammer Horror produced entire rows of remakes for Dracula, Frankenstein, and Mummy, which people loved for generations, not complained about. It’s just this generation now, which produces shitty remakes, pissing on their source material. But we did get Fury Road, which will probably be remembered as one of the best remakes ever made.
…I should… get drunk… before watching this…
Don’t you love it when you have to spend all day in the hospital. Just to find out you passed out of dehydration. Also i think i freaked out two women at a museum gift shop.
Hur? I can praise it all I like. It’s a great movie. It doesn’t invalidate me on shit. That’s like trying to invalidate growing grass. It doesn’t care if you like it or not; it’ll grow every day all the same.
A movie is not immediately bad just because it’s a remake. It also doesn’t matter if you think the original is better. A remake can be perfectly fine, and sometimes even better, than its original. It just doesn’t happen much anymore. Now we typically get shitty remakes. But Fury Road wasn’t bad at all.
I read your comment and acknowledged your username. And yet somehow – at a glance – I thought your avatar was a picture of Neil deGrasse Tyson. I’m drunk!
Sounds like the kind of woman you’d be crazy not to marry.
Ohh i was at some state museum and i had been in the heat all day. So i went to the museum gift shop and asked the lady for some water and then set down and passed out. When i waked up they where freaking out and called 911.
glad it was simple, def scary first time that happens
Oof, that’s a bad rap. I took an ambulance to the ER for something similar. Still have the $2,000 bill. Do you remember passing out? Like trying to keep your shit together before going under?
A little. When i woke up i just thought i was sleeping. But they said they could wake me up.
Nooo. The tall ones like that asshole Goofy require a minimum of 6 feet in height.
I was Buzz Lightyear!
Well, beats being awake for the whole sordid affair.
The best thing about The Blair Witch Project is that it lead to the creation of The Bare Wench Project with Nikki Frtiz. All things with Nikki Fritz are good things, even Diamond Men.
I work with multiple teenagers and younger 20-somethings.
The consensus for BWP is that it wasn’t very scary, and that the ending was more confusing that anything.
The worst part was the chick screaming “Josh!” 100 times in sign language.
Based on this re:View I decided to watch Blair Witch for the first time and here’s my thoughts:
There’s no reason it needed to be 120 minutes long. In fact, it might be more effective as a 90 minute movie as that was about the time the novelty of the style was starting to wear on me. If it ended at that point I would have been happy.
Not terribly scary, more frustrating. Though it’s purposefully frustrating. Things are happening and not getting on camera. There’s no “money shot”. I can understand why Jay likes it cuz he likes movies that make you feel crappy and this one does. I can understand why Mike doesn’t like it cuz he likes movies that give you satisfaction and this one doesn’t.
Certain things took me out of the movie. The laughing children part seemed over the top for what they were doing. Also, Mike throwing away the map didn’t make sense at the point in the movie he did it. They weren’t terribly behind schedule at that point, nor were they completely convinced they were lost. It seems like something he should do later as he got crazier. Another thing that bothered me was Mike started to become the voice of reason after everything started getting really weird when he should have descended further into madness.
I’ve seen The Bare Wench Project. I should see The Blair With Project.
Well, part of it and then I went to wash my hands.
I wonder – how do they/do they wash these things?
I think the true horror of that movie will only be revealed in the moments just before you die, when you realize you wasted 2 hrs of your life on that shit.
Don’t worry, they’ve always hated the commenters. See HITB Episode 13 Cowboys and Aliens (during the failed Machinima experiment)
teens and early 20s cant even form real ppinions yet
You can never trust Jay when to comes to movie recommendations.
That guy loves when a movie makes him feel like shit.
Jay says that he loves this movie but he seems to love when a movie makes him feel like shit.
To replace their kidneys with new chairs!
Premature ejaculation is a huge problem. I’m sorry. Have you tried using cockrings?
Saw this film when it first hit VHS with my girlfriend and our philosophy major roommate. I was ~24. I was out cold in the first 10-15 minutes and saw maybe the last 10 after reawakening. Absolutely dreadful. For comparison I’d watched The Exorcist the year prior and found it to be pretty effective and held my attention well enough. I generally feel insulted and turned off by horror movies that expect me/the audience to believe anything supernatural is real. So long as the supernatural elements are confined to the movie world’s mechanics I can shrug it off. Perhaps another useful note: I rather enjoyed Frankenstein’s Army which falls into the mentioned trap of why is anybody still filming. So yeah I like shit movies but they’ve gotta push the right buttons.
it’s 80 mins long
To Tell the Truth. I have never seen this movie. It just look way to gimmicky for me to bother with at the time. I mean watching a bunch of spazzy campers who cant afford a steady cam never sounded like a good or fun time. And consider that this movie the launched the found footage craze. And was the inspiration for the 586 paranormal activity movies. I surprise there not a mob with torches and pitchforks that out to burn every copy of this movie.
sometimes i wonder if bad remakes will one day be viewed like bad 80s movies are now. sure they’re more competently shot but the results can be no less ridiculous. case in point: The Wicker Man. It’s so bad it could be perceived as a spoof film, but it’s not. It’s not even a comedy.
Are you kidding me?
Felt like I was watching that forever.
There was a solid Australian found-footage film that came out a few years back. They solved ‘why are you filming’ problem by having the cameraman explain that he didn’t know if the lead journalist had gotten permission to investigate in the area the movie takes place in, so he filmed it to cover his ass legally. Not a perfect explanation, but it helps you suspend disbelief while you’re watching.
I’m 44 seconds in and I’ve already had three belly laughs and a twinge in the unmentionables.
When I was 14 I caught a matinee showing of this film and then went camping with my family a few hours later. It was the most terrifying weekend I’ve ever experienced in my LIFE
And now you’re 15?
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Event Horizon was a good movie. It’s a shame the director died immediately after it came out and never made any other films afterwards.
They’ll probably be viewed exactly the same. I think a big part of the perceived detriments of today’s culture comes from instantaneous feedback, even though this cash-in bullshit was never not in vogue.
That said, I like to think Nic Cage at least treated the new Wicker Man like a comedy. Regardless, he’s a wonderful actor (I mean it!). His role choices often suck, though. But I’m not complaining. I’m thankful for “not the bees!!!”. Have you seen his “Bat Lieutenant”, by the way? Transcendent.
In a world where people are now perfectly happy recording their bowel movements, I no longer need to question a damn thing anyway.
You know it wasn’t real, right?
Why, is that some kind of uncomfortable experience or something?
Dramatic stories are always torn apart when one character screams the name of another character for an extended period of time. See: Heavy Rain and Press X to Jason.
almost vomited from laughing when I watched this with some friends at the theater ages ago.
You don’t need to die to realize that.
Jay is the mark.
It’s 9/11 week. 15 years and still going strong.
Never seen it. Not going to. I try not to watch that which is obvious crap.
It FELT real. That’s enough. For a movie.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot specifically after the series of complete messes that are the DC films. It’s like watching money burn on the screen and the whole time I’m just thinking “what the fuck were you thinking…?” It feels like a different kind of bad though, but one that provides a similar effect.
It was a top notch bit of terrorism whichever way you slice it.
“Also, Mike throwing away the map didn’t make sense at the point in the movie he did it.”
I saw the movie in the theater and haven’t watched it since, and I still remember “I kicked that fuckin’ map into the river!” being my breaking point.
All i remember about Wicker Man was Nicolas Cage slapping a lot of crazy women. But considering they put a cage of bees on him. I don’t think i blame him.
Mike isn’t right for this show. This one should just be for the hipsters.
He should have his own show called Uncle Mike’s Windowless Basement. Nothing but rape jokes and Star Trek references.
I think Holloween is the only slasher movie i like. I know some people find slasher movie scary. I find the bulk of the lame and totally predictable. I mean if a character is alone, they are dead meat. Having sex, your dead. Holloween seem like the only one that mixed it up and gave you a protagonist that wasn’t a complete bimbo. A other horror movie from the same time period that kept me surprised was the low budget 1979 “Phantasm”. Otherwise just give me something with Christopher Lee, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi or Vincent Price. Also throw in Dawn of the Dead for good measure.
It might have made sense if they were trying to show that he was slowly being taken over by some malevolent force and was acting against his will, but at points later on he seemed fine. He only did that cuz the script needed him to. And why wasn’t it Mike that wandered off in the middle of the night instead of Josh? Was “Josh” just easier for the actors to scream?
Another thing that bothered me was why did they show that she packed a survival book and never take advantage of it’s contents? I’m sure it told them things like “When heading south keep the rising sun on your left side. Don’t walk directly into it.” or “When all else fails, follow the river.” and “Don’t run around in the dark like crazy people.”
I always liked Phantasm. The sequels have a charm to them because they make absolutely no attempt at continuity.
Where he quizzes tied up teenage cheerleaders on TNG lore.
Upon rewatching Halloween I can say that I wish they had some other driving plot element besides “he isn’t dead YET” *more stabbing* But it did allow for that creepy scene where he sits up and looks over sort of robotically. It almost looked like stop motion, always gives me the chills.
I agree with Jay completely. I saw it in theaters without having seen any of the interwebs stuffs. It’s a movie that I revisit from time to time. I actually watched it about a year ago and still enjoyed it.
As far as the movie being scary, it doesn’t offer any cheesy jump scares, there’s not really any on screen blood and gore, no in-your-face monster with giant claws, no heavy soundtrack pulling at the emotions. It’s all very subtle and it lets the tension build throughout the entire film beautifully. I’ve seen this movie many times and I literally get chills every single time when they run from their tents screaming “WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT?!”, and you never even get a glimpse of what it is. THAT is what’s terrifying. If you can let your imagination grab hold of you, your mind CAN create a glimpse of it, and THAT is what’s scary.
Letting the urban legend and local lore of The Blair Witch be as vague as it is, works perfectly. Just because you haven’t heard of this particular legend, doesn’t mean it isn’t real to the people that have. Just because it’s not “Bloody Mary” (one that everyone seems to know), doesn’t mean it’s less “real”. It just adds to the charm of it all. Have any of you heard of “Pig Man”? He was an urban legend in my little home town of 100k people. Just because you haven’t heard of him doesn’t make the terror of approaching his property in the woods any less real. Walking down that road on a dare was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done.
It’s about suspending disbelief. If you can for just a couple hours, let your analytical mind shut off and take a journey with the characters in this movie, you can feel the tension as it builds and you can feel their confusion and fear. If the film makers fuck it up bad enough, you can’t suspend it and then you’re just bored, but I don’t think that’s the case with this movie. I think they did a great job executing it and it still works for me, even today.
p.s. I really had faith in Book of Shadows. Parts of it are really clever and creepy. Listening to the director’s commentary was painful. He explains how his ideas for the film (which I thought were great) were shut down again and again by the studio/producers/etc. Perhaps this new one will properly expand on the Blair universe.
More of a “marketing gimmick” than that Facebook and Twitter you seem to enjoy so much?
Quick, go share which products you like with all of your followers! ;P
Mike suggested borrowing this movie from a friend.
If you borrow it from somebody and watch it without paying any money for it, isn’t that piracy?! Mike, don’t condone piracy!
Best movie theater nap I ever had, woke up really refreshed.
Do not watch the BWP while operating heavy machinery.
9 out of 10 doctors prescribe a copy of the BWP for those suffering from insomnia.
I will find that movie, I really enjoy Cage-ness and need to look up more of this movies I’ve missed! I’ll rent Bad Lieutenant soon, thanks
Whenever you have a low budget film project featuring actors/characters named “Mike” and “Josh”, you can never remember Josh.
In fairness, giving the Blair Witch cast some attention doesn’t come with a 30 minute Scottish Independence rant, so I can buy that.
I was 9 when BWP came out.
I watched it last year for the first time, and incidentally, I watched The Exorcist for the first time within the week. I gave both of them both the best chance that I could with the setting that I watched it in. Dark room. Alone. The works.
The ending was fine. I got the setup for the guy standing in the corner. I think it would have worked a lot better if the middle of the movie had more direction than just “lost in the woods.” The tension gave way to tedium for me, and that weighed down the movie’s scare potential.
What I liked and wished that they had expanded on were the stick figures and rock piles that they passed by and found in front of the tent each morning. Ultimately, they didn’t seem to matter to the plot beyond showing that they were being followed/watched. Maybe I’m just dense when watching movies, but I didn’t think the middle part of the movie had any connection to either the beginning or the ending in the house.
The movie seems to make itself with the dialogue establishing the serial killer’s method and the final shot in the house’s basement. Everything else appeared to be a combination of red herrings and filler.
To tell the Truth. I only watch Phantasm the first time. because it was from the director of Beastmaster and Bubba Ho-Tep.
Just watched that 2 days ago for laughs. It’s really awful, even funnier than when I saw it years ago.
from 1/3 producers of Shark Week and starring Jesse (the mind) Ventura
Cage’s pronunciation of Oh My God in the film is up there with Rich’s. The movie will age slower than honey.
Definitely in the Pantheon of Oh My Gods, sitting between Rich and that guy from Troll 2.
I want a Yoga Hosers review so I don’t have to see it
Agree with a lot of what you wrote about BWP. I find the ambiguity of the film perfectly balanced with just enough things to give it a high creepy factor and to let the imagination run wild. Slow and plodding. It’s definitely a polarizing film.
As for the reboot, after watching the trailer, I’m not expecting anything good. It looks like standard fare as far as modern trailers go – fast, loud and over the top with the attention span of a gnat. This seems especially at odds with what made the original good.
When Mike said, “Till Josh disappeared, we didn’t know anyone was in danger” I assumed the Showbiz Pizza Bear was on his murderous rampage again
The trailer states: “from human hockey jersey Kevin Smith?” wow his own jokes on his attire are more on tune then RLMs.
It took em two days to notice he was gone.
He wrote em all too.
Halloween has a lot more going for it than most slashers. It doesn’t rely much on the kills to keep you interested and there isn’t much gore. There are a lot of well framed and creepy shots. The opening scene is probably the best ever in a slasher, hell, it’s really damn good for any movie. Standing by the hedgerow, the head cock at the body he pinned to the wall, and the slow sit up in the background. Michael never speaks and moves robotically through the whole movie. He has no motivation for what he’s doing, there’s no “why?” to everything that’s happening. He’s not getting revenge, doesn’t have a mother complex, and isn’t completing a cult ritual. He doesn’t even seem to get enjoyment from it. He’s simply evil.
Also the “he isn’t dead YET” part might seem cliche now but that’s because Halloween pretty much started it.
I never saw this because horror movies give me nightmares.
Nope, it’s true. This tough talkin’ sheriff is a bit of a pussy.
I read the trivia for the movie yesterday, after watching the re:View, and I have an answer to your question: Mike didn’t wander off because the actors playing Josh and Heather were constantly fighting, so they decided to kick Josh off the film early.
You won’t regret it! That movie single-handedly made me a Cage fan. It’s psychotically hilarious. Werner Herzog directed it, though you might already know that. It’s the first non-documentary film of his I’ve seen, and I was not disappointed. It’s nuts.
Also, “Raising Arizona” by the Cohen Brothers was pretty damn decent, if I do recall. It’s been a while since I’ve seen that one though.
RLM’s Soundcloud timelines will be the new & cool & “niche” place to post comments now. Just thought I’d pass the memo on to you guys. They don’t want to over-publicize this fact, but fuck those sluts.
hmmm… Jack and Jay. Now there’s a couple.
Aww, did my comments make a “special snowflake” melt?
I don’t disagree, but the part I’m complaining about basically became the template for all slashers because of this movie. I do quite admire the cinematography, the mood, the tension, the music, the portrayal of Micahel Meyers… but wasn’t it like a triple fake out? Generally speaking if someone already got up once I’m going to finish the job. But I mean, what I’m talking about is that whole “he just won’t die” shenanigan feels like it’s just padding the running time of the movie, and happened to consecutively that script-wise it felt as robotic as Michael Meyers movements.
If you’ve never been lost in the woods while the sun is going down you don’t get what the movie is going for.
I think the fault lies more on Laurie than Michael, as none of the injuries she inflicts on him would realistically kill someone. At least not immediately. He might bleed out eventually from a crochet pin to the neck, but unless she hit him in the jugular or severed his spine, he probably wouldn’t die from it. The stab in the eye seems lethal, but it’s unlikely she had the strength to pierce the orbital bone to puncture the brain. The worst that would happen is he was blinded in that eye. The only unrealistic part is when he gets up again after Loomis shoots him and he falls out the window.
I haven’t seen the BWP since it first came out. It was the last movie that genuinely frightened me. I remember we were driving home and passing woods and just feeling scared. The movie is very effective at using the most basic thing we are scared about…the dark. And a woods at night looks very creepy. That is the magic of BWP. It simply points a camera at a dark woods and that appeals to our base primal fears.
I imagine if I saw the movie now it probably wouldn’t hold up or even scare me much. And I am not surprised to read the comments from first time viewers that weren’t impressed. It’s not a movie like “Don’t Breath” which relies on the cliche scare tactics of a typical horror movie. I don’t know if you had to “be there” to truly appreciate it…but it was a frightening movie that stayed with you.
I actually re-watched it the other night (because of this re:View). Horror is by far my favorite genre, and I’m rarely scared by films. But I have to admit that the final scene where they find the house in the woods is incredibly tense. Even when you know what’s coming. Even when you know it’s all fake. The crescendo that leads to that point is just… goddammit it’s just good, effective, filmmaking.
I always thought that final scene was the same house the crew pass when they’re initially driving through the woods at the beginning of their journey. I couldn’t help but think “This is the house you saw earlier. You’re right by the main road! You’re not too far from your car! Don’t go downstairs! Just get to the damn road!”
The horror genre cliche is a terrified person running into the woods, and the viewer rolling his eyes at the stupidity of it. This movie is kinda the opposite. They’re so close to civilization and they just barrel headfirst into a basement without ever showing the result. You can’t help but feel sorry for them as they reach their end. It’s mentally terrifying on multiple levels.
Some horror movies are even better when you can easily replicate the horror gimmick. My brother got a phone call the night we saw The Ring with a simple “Seven days” whispered into the mouthpiece. Watching him freak the fuck out at that and telling our friends the next day was pure gold.
Ahhh. Landlines and no caller ID. It was almost too easy back in the day!
But how is Selma Blair involved in this?
Is this film about Linda Blair’s failed career which forced her to live in the woods and resort to cannibalism?
cannibalism: the ultimate revenge
Blair Witch also had an internet element to the marketing, where fake “factual” websites were set up to make the movie clips seem more real. Elements like that about the marketing gimmick basically ensure that the original movie can’t possibly hold up, as it’s completely missing from the movie experience. You simply can’t recreate the experience of seeing the movie at the time because you totally lack the same frame of reference.
Having said all that, I thought The Blair Witch Project sucked when it was originally released, and I didn’t like it at all. Obviously I’m not a fan. Just watching the clips, I doubt I could stand to watch it all the way through again.
In regards to your challenge, I’m 22, saw The Blair Witch Project when I was in middle school and it scared the shit out of me. Couldn’t camp for a while. I watch it every once in a while since it was my first horror film and I still think it’s creepy. I might also be a bad sample of a person my age, I watched The Good, The Bad and The Ugly all the way through without texting.
The first time I saw the movie, it was late, quiet, Summer night – around 2am. We had finished some other movie on Starz or something and The Blair Witch Project was on next. My brother and I stayed up to watch it. I was about 18; this was before the true smartphone boom, and we had no distractions. The lights were on full bore, but it was pitch black outside. We were totally unsettled through the whole thing. That last sequence just stays with you.
So now, after a few years, the Blair Witch Project is one of my absolute favorite movies of all time. I’ve seen it a bunch, and I know exactly how it goes, but god damn, does it impress me every time I watch it.
Without fail, I get creeped out and nervous when I watch it, especially during quiet summer nights like that one. They stumbled upon something really unique and special, and it hasn’t quite been emulated to this day. I know that some people really don’t like the shaky-cam stuff, but they really knew what they were doing all those years ago. Even watching it now, they never took it over the top, or used it for the sake of just having it. There was no other way to effectively tell that story.
This new one seems to be honoring the original as much as current Hollywood will let them, but I also think that the new techniques and technologies will allow them to tell a new story that follows new beats and characters.
I’m super excited to see where the new entry takes the story, especially since the Book of Shadows spinoff/sequel was so not Blair Witch. It’s been long enough, and it looks like they’ve learned their lesson from that mistake.
I actually did see this in the theater. And I went with it. I thought it was interesting. But not particularly scary. And I did absorb all the pre-release Internet marketing hype.
But I have had this conversation:
“I wasn’t really freaked out until I saw that guy standing facing the corner there at the end.”
“Yeah, me too.”
And yet this movie gave me bad dreams. Your baby cries at night, and you have to walk down that hall…
Horror movies generally fail to scare me. I’m not sure if that is my fault or the movies. The last movie that genuinely frightened me was Gravity. The vacuum of space is pretty damn terrifying, mostly just because if something goes wrong you are fucked. Of course that movie ridiculously ends with everything turning out okay, when in reality that bitch should have frozen to death or something.
youtubers have spoken Mike, it holds up because its effective at what it tries for. and besides, I’ve seen more supernatural stuff in that there 9/11 foundfootage #going2hell
You’d only be going to hell if it weren’t true.
Meh. It was interesting watching the trio melt down, And the whole found footage aspect was interesting. I just didn’t find it scary. A couple of creepy moments. Granted, it wasn’t stupid like most found footage movies.
I watched BW for the first time maybe 5 years ago, so I would’ve been 20, without knowing anything about it. I thought it was good, but I get the feeling Mike has where you just want a bit more to sink your teeth into as far as what’s going on. I wouldn’t want it to turn into a normal horror narrative where they explain everything, but at the same time there’s a point where subtlety turns into sparsity. Then again, I’m more interested in the supernatural element than the people in the situation so maybe that’s where it loses me a bit.
I saw Halloween when I was 9 and it wasn’t scary at all, and I was a wuss when it came to scary shit. I’ve re-watched it a few times and it still doesn’t do anything for me. Slasher movies aren’t my thing I guess.
Mike. Jay. Not one mention of the scene with the girl filming herself? It’s arguably the best and worst scene in the movie.
No. Pretty sure it was Blair who ate Tootie
Well last night i watch the new 2015 Plan 9. The original Plan 9 from outer space wasn’t great by any means. But it had its charm. The cheap ass sets. The silly cheesy dialog (your stupid minds, stupid.) and the over acting. But this new Plan 9 dosn’t seem to know what it wants to be. At parts it tries to be a comedy and isn’t funny. Then other parts its trying to be a drama. But the characters are so bland. You just dont care. It kinda made me wish i was watching the original. I would at least say that the original was better edited. Especially in the beginning it feels like a bunch of random scene thrown together. I mainly watched this because James Rolfe was in it. But he has about 4 sentences or dialog in the whole thing. And when he was finally killed i had to turn it off.
Do they run this site for a living, or just when dick sucking behind the mall is slow?!?!? (There ma favs!)
In the Matrix, Morpheus explains to Neo that man gave birth to A.I. and there was conflict. He then says that it was man that scorched the sky, to deprive the A.I. of power.. *record skip* What? That would kill all food and thus most people. Was Zion some last resort and wtf were they eating there.. bowls of snot grown in artificial light? Surely this is all hardly worth raving about.
Can we start a hashtag #Testosterone4KevinSmith – The Guy is always fucking crying like he hit the big change or something.
Mike is the show you fucking fraud
This was all explained in Matrix 2, when they had that giant orgy in a cave.
After each orgy they would choose one person to eat.
That was the thing that bothered me the most about the first movie (unlike the second and third, where everything bothered me). Considering blocking out the sun would kill all the vegetation and collapse the entire world’s ecosystem. What did they eat? They had those bowls of oatmeal or whatever, where did that come from? Some sort of bacterial ooze?
Also, for the first two movies I thought the Nebuchadnezzar was a submarine.
I love the sub theory. Brings new meaning to ‘You think thats air you’re breathing Now?’
The thing with most slashers that came after Halloween and the first Friday the 13th era (I’m not including TCM, as the original is not a slasher), is that they became less about the scares, and more about how inventive the kills could get.
Chuck Norris once shot himself to test his gun’s loyalty. The bullet committed suicide out of respect.
Chuck Norris like his meat rare, that’s why he only eats unicorns.
When Chuck Norris left for college, he told his dad, “Now you’re the man of the house”
~ From the Book of Chuck
the last one got me
Yeah I was gonna say how stupid Chuck Norris jokes were, but then I chuckled.
Just thought I’d comment on nothing because that’s the latest content on RLM.
Oh and Rich was wrong about the STEAM controller. I can understand his opinion on it though because it takes patience an some tech skills to have fun with it.
Chuck Norris is actually a badass
This is the second show he’s been a wet blanket (no offence Mr. S i’m a big fan).
This is Jay’s show. More Siskle than Ebert. Mike can sub in for one of those 80’s pop movies he gets hyper intellectual about. Making observations like Back to the Future has one of the greatest pet the dog sequences of all times (it really does).
Leave the indie cult stuff to the nerds.
Not for nuthin, but where’d that come from (don’t say your heart [or your penis]).
Mike is right though.
Indie nerds are too stupid to know what’s good for them haha
I like the Steam Controller.
I’m sick of this remaking B movies or crapping out a sequel decades later crap.
This *almost* sounds like one of those youtube comments on a classic rock song after someone says “…kids these days don’t know what music is.” You get the classic: “I’m only 16, but I love Iron Maiden. Most of the kids these days listen to rap or electronic, but I don’t! I guess I am an old soul lol 1!!!1!111!”
Oh, just an intuition that they’d be awesome total fucking nerds in a show together. Get your head out of the gutter!
Ha, Rich can’t even get his PC to play half of his games. He’s a real stooge.
Goddamn, I love that guy.
This site is what you would call a “massive money laundering scheme”, which is how they flip the mountains of money they make sucking tons of dick behind the mall.
Hey, why aren’t these comment sections more popular?
So, I didn’t want to say this before because I’m a bit shy, but… I am the Blair Witch. I am a big ol’ fat witch with a big Buddha belly. I like scaring kids in woods, and killing them, and doing scary things. I’m a real scary bitch. I’m super scary. But yeah, that’s me. I thought I’d have more to say with this coming out as the Blair Witch, but I don’t. You get the picture.
I also make all those stickmen by hand, which takes time. Those kids are dead, by the way. I ate them and their big butts. That’s it. You know: I’m a person all the same anyways. But I’m also the Blair Witch, and I thank you so much for watching my project. Okay thanks guys 🙂 😉 😉
PS Come see my new movie 😉 😉 :O
One interesting thing about this movie (and other polarizing pieces of art, too, I guess), is that the people who like it can understand why someone wouldn’t like it, but it seems like those who dislike it can’t understand why people like it.
I want to see a whole video with Jay as the “Actually Guy” it can be a special segment like “Scientist Man”.
My doctor prescribes Bob Ross.
Uncle Touchy’s Naked Puzzle Basement?
…you wont wear a shirt and you’ll cry.
Those fishermen are still talking shit though, they need to be put in a corner.
1.Walcutt identifies survival, determinism, violence, and taboo as key themes.
2. The “brute within” each individual, composed of strong and often warring emotions: passions, such as lust, greed, or the desire for dominance or pleasure; and the fight for survival in an amoral, indifferent universe. The conflict in naturalistic novels is often “man against nature” or “man against himself” as characters struggle to retain a “veneer of civilization” despite external pressures that threaten to release the “brute within.”
3. Nature as an indifferent force acting on the lives of human beings. The romantic vision of Wordsworth–that “nature never did betray the heart that loved her”–here becomes Stephen Crane’s view in “The Open Boat”: “This tower was a giant, standing with its back to the plight of the ants. It represented in a degree, to the correspondent, the serenity of nature amid the struggles of the individual–nature in the wind, and nature in the vision of men. She did not seem cruel to him then, nor beneficent, nor treacherous, nor wise. But she was indifferent, flatly indifferent.”
4. The forces of heredity and environment as they affect–and afflict–individual lives.
5. An indifferent, deterministic universe. Naturalistic texts often describe the futile attempts of human beings to exercise free will, often ironically presented, in this universe that reveals free will as an illusion.
That was the same reaction my mother-in-law had. It’s a little amazing some of these handheld horror flicks have been so successful, especially if a good chunk of their audiences are susceptible to motion sickness.
The Blair Witch Project was to film, what Reality TV is to television.
Chuck Norris jokes are stupid.
Force a bunch of 20yr olds to watch a terrible movie? Sounds like a job for Plinkett!
In this episode Mike sounds like a guy reviewing a new bicycle; complains the handlebars aren’t in the shape of a steering wheel, complains that you have to pedal rather than use an engine, complain there’s no windscreen etc… yet usually when reviewing cars gets annoyed at the lack of innovation from carmakers as their cars all just have steering wheels… windscreens…
I got the 16yr old girl sitting next to me during “The Grudge” running screaming out of the theatre never to return (forcing her friends to also have to leave and find her) just by handing her my cellphone (right after the ghost uses SMG’s brother’s phone) and saying “it’s for you”.
Wow, this has to be the first time I actually agree with Mike more than Jay. I thought BWP was extremely disappointing and I personally blame it for all those atrocious Paranormal Activity films which are decidedly worse and yet morons keep paying to see them.
Jay makes some good points on how to make the story better. To make the characters better – in the second Dumb and Dumber movie they really encouraged the actors to ad lib a lot. We all know the result. Letting the actors do whatever worked a lot better in the first movie because (besides it probably also having better writing/directing) they had an actor who is a genius at off the cuff humor and Jeff Daniels wasn’t half bad. Anyway, the way they did Blair Witch the actors ad libbing played a big part. I don’t think they got actors who were that talented at ad libbing. Honestly, if they had cast actors who could really go off the cuff well (along with other changes) it would have made the movie a lot better.
For found-footage genre movie I wonder how they would feel about The Fourth Kind in respect to BWP. It had some shitty acting, and granted shlock, but still there are some worthwhile elements to look at for this genre.
Hey! My girlfriend and I rented this a couple of months ago because I had never seen it and I thought it was really really good and genuinely creepy. I was surprised because I went in expecting it to be cheesy and dated, but I personally think it held up great. I should note I’m 26 though, so I am not your ideal early 20’s viewing candidate
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