Film # 1 of the Halloween 31
I recently started a Hulu subscription under their new promotion, mostly to get access to the Criterion Collection films, but when I saw that "The Blair Witch Project" was added to the service, I decided to re-visit it.
I remember not caring for this film when I first saw it: I was annoyed by the shaky cinematography, and I had thought that the writing was lazy. This viewing, I still didn't love the cinematography, but I found many more redeemable elements in the writing. It's never scary. In fact, people who watch horror films to be scared would likely find it to be a bore. The film does, however, do a very good job of building suspense. It uses a lot of techniques to accomplish this, like showing total darkness as to not allow the audience to see the action, creating an intriguing sense of mystery. It is effective in making, to me, what is an interesting suspense film. There are some moments that are a bit tacky, but they aren't overwhelming in the scope of the film.
The acting of the film is pretty good. It's not amazing, but Heather Donahue's performance was nowhere near deserving of the Razzie that she got. The only scene in which I thought that her acting was not good at all was the iconic crying scene, which did make me laugh a bit because of its cheesiness.
So overall, "The Blair Witch Project" is a good film, if you can get past the shaky-cam, but it is nowhere near a great film. It does, however, present an interesting story, and it is notable for starting the movement of found-footage horror. I hope to see the new sequel soon, but unfortunately, it has already shifted out of theaters near me.
The Blair Witch Project
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: Hulu.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.
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