Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Month of Horror Day 14: The Blair Witch Project

Basement contributor Matt Bellamy has taken it upon himself to watch and review at least one horror movie a day for the month of October . . . because he's awesome that way! Today, Bellamy revisits a movie the redefined the word nightmare for city boy campers worldwide.

Here it is, the one that started the "found-footage" horror genre! Still one of the strongest entries, this film really pioneered a new film-making technique and whether you're a fan of these types of movies or not, you have to admit they've paved the way for a generation of new and young directors. I have to imagine that initially, the idea of a group of people making a faux-documentary, grabbing relatively cheap hand-held cameras and running around in the woods, yelling and screaming, must have seemed silly but they did mostly pull it off. Looking back on The Blair With Project now, sure it's dated and pretty corny in some scenes but I actually really prefer the camera work here to some more recent attempts at the found footage film, it's still pretty shaky but not nearly as bad as it's gotten over the years! With the lights off and watching this alone it's still very creepy and frightening in parts, especially those last few minutes which still stand as some of the most chilling scenes in horror history -- I don't think that's an exaggeration either, makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up just thinking about it! I am really not a big fan of the found footage genre, just not my thing however this easily remains near the top of all the ones I've seen, it's pretty great.

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