Blair Witch Project (1999 franchise)

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Summary

A franchise of films beginning with The Blair Witch Project, in which found video footage tells the tale of three film students who've traveled to a small town to collect documentary footage about the Blair Witch, a legendary local murderer. Over the course of several days, the students interview townspeople and gather clues to support the tale's veracity. But the project takes a frightening turn when the students lose their way in the woods and begin hearing horrific noises. In addition to various product tie-ins, imitations, novels and comic books, etc., this franchise consists of:

  • Curse of the Blair Witch (1999 short (44 min))
  • Blair Witch Project (1999 film)
  • Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000 film)
  • Blair Witch (2016 film)

Details

  • Release Date: 1999-present
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Thriller, found footage, mockumentary
  • Setting: Modern (1990s) Burkittsville, Maryland
  • Starring: Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams, etc.
  • Director: Eduardo Sánchez, Daniel Myrick; Joe Berlinger; Adam Wingard
  • Writer: Eduardo Sánchez, Daniel Myrick; Dick Beebe, Joe Berlinger; Simon Barrett
  • Producer/Production Co: Haxan Films; Artisan Entertainment
  • View Trailer: (link) (link) (link) (link)


Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Violence, Profanity, Nudity and Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Not exactly a "Lovecraftian" film in the sense of being based on any of Lovecraft's work or containing references to his creations, though some viewers may find the location and atmosphere suggestive of Lovecraft's work (an "Eldritch Location" film). In this case, there might be a witch in there, somewhere, too.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Doug Bolden at Wyrmis dotcom, (link) - "...Just examining the first movie brings up some amazing parallels to Lovecraft's fiction...."
  • Michael D. Winkle, (link) - "...I believe the point has been made: The Blair Witch Project was heavily influenced by H.P. Lovecraft in general...."


Synopsis

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  • CURSE OF THE BLAIR WITCH - A documentary exploring the life of the Blair Witch and the three missing student filmmakers.
  • THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT - Found video footage tells the tale of three film students who've traveled to a small town to collect documentary footage about the Blair Witch, a legendary local murderer. Over the course of several days, the students interview townspeople and gather clues to support the tale's veracity. But the project takes a frightening turn when the students lose their way in the woods and begin hearing horrific noises.
  • BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2 - As it follows the twisted path traveled by five people fixated on "The Blair Witch Project," "Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2" journeys into a dark and dangerous place where the line between truth and fiction blurs and perhaps vanishes altogether. Individual perception grows increasingly untrustworthy as the film's protagonists find themselves caught in a vortex of unspeakable evil, the origins of which -- human or supernatural -- remain chillingly uncertain.
  • BLAIR WITCH - A young man and his friends venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mystery surrounding his missing sister. Many believe her disappearance 17 years earlier is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when two locals act as guides through the dark and winding woods. As the night wears on, a visit from a menacing presence soon makes them realize that the legend is all too real, and more sinister than they could have ever imagined.


Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

Associated Mythos Elements

  • Location: the Black Hills near Burkittsville, Maryland
  • Tome: Blair Witch Cult (1809)
  • Race: Witch
  • Race: Deadites
  • Artefacts: Stick Men


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