Picks and Pans Review: The Blair Witch Project
Don't go see The Blair Witch Project alone; it's too scary to sit through without company. Thrillingly, nauseatingly so. We're not talking the cheap, jokey scares of a masked maniac swinging a knife in Scream or Halloween. Rather, Blair Witch, an independent horror film made on the cheap (less than $50,000) and starring unknowns, proves that the horror that isn't shown can be far more frightening. Despite obviously limited resources, codirectors and writers Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez show unlimited ingenuity.
Blair Witch purports to be the found film footage of three young documentarians who disappeared in 1994 while making a movie in the Maryland woods about a legendary child killer called the Blair Witch. As the three head deeper into the woods, filming every step, ever spookier stuff happens, and they grow increasingly frightened. With good reason. So will you. (R)
Bottom Line: Prepare to be a quivering mess