Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no one day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween. With the arrival of October, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a plethora of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day, including the one you’re about to read.
31 Days Of Halloween is a recurring daily feature that will run throughout the month of October. The hope and goal of this column is to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror movie recommendation that is guaranteed to amplify your Halloween festivities. We’ll be watching every film the day it’s featured, and we hope you’ll follow along at home. If you have a suggestion, contact us and we may include your favorite scarefest in an upcoming column!
Day 28: The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Found footage movies are very hit or miss. When utilizing the genre correctly, the found footage method can completely enhance the way a film is told, and can make the experience of film-going even that much more immersive than it already is. That escapism is magnified in the horror genre, as it puts the viewer in the shoes of the person being terrorized. Now I do not like the Paranormal Activity movies as I feel they are gimmicky and relatively shitty overall (people who actually found that scary need to relax), but I do like my fair share of first-person films (Cloverfield, Cannibal Holocaust is almost too real, District 9 being arguably my favorite), but we’d be remiss as a website not to cover and highlight one of the movies that started the first-person horror craze: The Blair Witch Project.
The Blair Witch Project tells the story of a group of independent filmmakers who are in search of solving the mystery of the Blair Witch urban legend in small-town Maryland. In their search for the answers to the questions, madness ensues and instead of doing tons of cheap scares, the film creates a mood and tone that allows for the viewer to truly get sucked into the situations the filmmakers are going through. Personally I find this movie gripping, and with a low budget you can really see how the filmmakers took the time to create something gripping, not just give you cheap scares (which is what always happens these days. The Blair Witch Project is one of my favorite first person films, and it’s for a good reason. Now kick back, watch a trailer below, and if you can watch it on VHS. It makes it exponentially more real and scary.
You can buy The Blair Witch Project here for stupid cheap. Seriously
Written By: Tyler Osborne