Written and Directed by: Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sanchez
Starring: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard
My Advice: Don’t Miss It.
In October of 1994, three student filmmakers hiked into the woods in Maryland to film a documentary for Heather Donahue’s senior project. It was to be about the local legend of the Blair Witch, a strange spectral visitor who had apparently haunted the area for decades. The three students were never seen again. A year later, their footage and gear were found buried under the foundation of a hundred-year-old cabin. Seeking answers, their families turned over the film to Haxan Films’ Myrick and Sanchez, who tried to piece together the events that led up to the three students’ assumed demise.
As for the actors themselves, they had to about kill themselves to deliver such powerful, gutwrenching and completely improvised performances. Let me go on record here for saying that Heather Donahue will probably be the one I’m pissed off about next year since there’s no way she’ll get the Oscar nom she so rightly deserves. I never felt at any time during the film that these were actors I was watching. They were real people, and they get major points for being able to deliver reality on a plate like that.
There are some things to bear in mind–the film is very jumpy in places, and some people have complained of being literally sick to their stomachs because of all the motion. However, take some Dramamine if you’re susceptible to that kind of thing, and then go see the horror genre get the boot to the head it so badly needs. Highly, highly recommended.