Viewing your Watchlist and recommended content requires Javascript

  • TBC
  • Horror
  • 1998
  • 81 mins

The Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project

Synopsis

Smash low budget horror hit. The highly effective conceit involves the audience viewing found footage shot by three films students who encounter something nasty in the woods, and are never seen again

About

Rent The Blair Witch Project from Film4oD now

The sleeper hit of 1999, helped by a brilliant marketing campaign that cleverly used the Internet, is a work whose surface artlessness conceals a sophisticated and meticulously conceived and crafted piece of psychological horror.

We know before the film starts that things will end very badly. The movie purports to be the record of a weekend trip undertaken by three students to some woodland in Maryland to investigate the myth of the eponymous witch.

The three were never seen again and all that survived was this film.

They are an ordinary threesome who bicker and gripe and gradually fall apart as they are confronted night after night by the evil forces that surround them.

The film achieves something truly rare - it is a work of cinéma vérité that is genuinely realistic. The dialogue between the three characters, whether scripted or improvised, is blandly life-like. The camera work is authentically shaky.

The effect of the film with its astonishing, deceptively inconclusive climax is shattering.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Heather Donahue, Michael Williams, Joshua Leonard
  • Director: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez
  • Writer: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez
  • Producer: Gregg Hale, Robin Cowie
  • Photographer: Neal Fredericks
  • Composer: Tony Cora

In a nutshell

It is a horror film that shows nothing - no blood, no violence - explains nothing, and seems to mean nothing, but scares you and keeps scaring you long after it is over.

Latest from Film4...

  • Film4

    Carry On Jack

    Bernard Cribbins, Juliet Mills and Kenneth Williams star in Gerard Thomas's 19th-century high-seas romp, the first of the Carry On comedies to adopt period costume.

  • Film4

    Sherlock Holmes And The Secret Weapon

    Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce and Lionel Atwill star in director Roy William Neill's Second World War spy adventure.

  • Film4

    Youth on Film4

    Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Rachel Weisz star in Film4s first play of Youth, from acclaimed director Paolo Sorrentino

  • Film4

    Young Adult on Film4

    Charlize Theron and Patrick Wilson star in Young Adult, playing on Film4 for the first time.

Register with Film4.com

Personalise your Film4 experience

  • Set film reminders
  • Build your watchlist
  • Get film suggestions

or Register

Share