For Day 9 of my 31 Days of Halloween, I have picked a movie that I’m sure everyone has heard of: The Blair Witch Project. This was one of the first iconic found-footage movies. I remember when it came out. I was only 7, so I didn’t watch it at the time, but I remember people talking about it being real. For so long, my friends and I thought this was a true story, and this made it extra scary when we were finally allowed to watch it.
IMDB’s Description: “Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.”
One of the scariest things about this movie is the unknown and the feeling of being trapped. Rather than relying on jump scares and haunting visuals, it focuses on creating an eerily familiar atmosphere and the sensation of feeling lost. This worked so well, and I think it’s this believable quality that truly terrified so many moviegoers when it came out. If you haven’t seen this one yet, do so right away!