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The Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project

by Vivian Rose

"The Blair Witch Project" is a real shocker, not because it's so scary - it isn't even close to being scary, and I've heard from countless sources that this is the scariest movie ever. (The day I saw the film, I first had lunch at a restaurant, where the waiter took it upon himself to inform me that his friends in California had seen "Blair Witch", and they were still having nightmares.) And then there are all the rave reviews touting "Blair Witch" as "terrifying", etc.

Granted, although I don't scare easily, I anticipated the "Blair Witch Project" to be thrilling, or suspenseful, or something to that effect. I believe the only reason "Blair Witch" was rated R is because of the liberal use of strong language - it certainly isn't disturbing, or even violent. (You never actually see anyone get murdered, because everything is implied.)

Three students decide to do a documentary on the "Blair Witch", a sleepy little town's favorite legend. Reports on the Blair witch vary highly: Some say she killed many children in the 1940's; others say she's some sort of half-woman, half werewolf-like creature; still others say the Blair Witch was a man who killed seven children in his basement.

The three students head off into the woods with a camera, in search of - who else?- the Blair Witch. At first they don't find much, aside from a few strange stick figures hanging from the trees. Later, however, they get lost in the woods, and something (I guess you're supposed to think it's the Blair Witch) starts haunting and hunting them.

If you're stupid enough to believe that this is a real documentary, which of course it isn't, despite many reports to that effect, this movie would be disturbing. It could also be frightening if you have a very vivid imagination - because the screaming sounds and other weird noises leave it all to your imagination.

One thing that bothers me is that you never actually see the Blair Witch, nor does she ever do anything really "witchy", aside from leaving strange little stick figures lying around. This depiction of witchcraft is very vague and completely ridiculous. And, it really serves no purpose. After all, you don't need supernatural powers to be a murderer.

Another thing that irked me was the way the end just leaves you hanging - no explanation, no conclusion, nothing. I couldn't help feel a little cheated, and think "The Blair Witch Project" has been seriously over-hyped by the media and filmgoers.

Yet despite its flaws "Blair Witch" was interesting for a while, probably because it's so different from what you normally see in movies. (For example, the photography is amateur, which does make the film look more realistic, although still not believable.) But it never even came close to being ghastly, gruesome, fear- inspiring, or whatever other adjectives over-enthusiastic critics and fans have used to describe it.

Nightmares? Give me a break.

My rating: 2 stars
Rating : Rated R (For language)