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The Blair Witch Project

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  • Directed by: Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez
  • With: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard
  • 81 Minutes
  • Crítica em Português disponível

If you haven’t seen any self-made horror movie yet then probably you haven’t heard of this movie in particular. Directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez, “The Blair Witch Project” is a 1993 horror feature known for its style and irreverence. In less than 90 minutes, Myrick and Sánchez test your fears in a no-return trip towards a cursed land. After hearing about a local urban legend related with the Blair Witch, three students, Heather Donahue, Michael Williams and Joshua Leonard, travel to Maryland with one purpose: they want to shoot a documentary about the legend…

In the 40’s, many children have vanished in the forests near Maryland and since that time people avoid going into the woods. Equipped with two cameras and with an enormous desire to find the truth about this legend the three young filmmakers will go deeply into the woods without realizing the dangers of their actions. At first there were little piles of stone, then they were lost in the woods but when one of them disappears completely their fears start dominating their minds until one year later, when the footage is found alongside with the cameras and the Witch returns to haunt once again…

Yep there are shaky cam moments and the acting is not that good since it was made to look like an amateur movie but, despite the boring moments that happen basically every time there’s nothing happening, “The Blair Witch Project” works a bit well as a horror movie. The scary-to-jump scenes were replaced with a terrifying atmosphere in the middle of the woods and most of the horror is due to the history itself.

While some call it an inspiration to the found footage genre, others believe that its genre was based in “Cannibal Holocaust” (review here)… In the end, “The Blair Witch Project” is an innovative work of art that changed a bit the horror genre and that showed that it is possible to scare audiences with something not related with gore. Yes it’s a bit boring sometimes but the whole idea worked in my mind and I liked it. It’s true that a bit of action could do better things in some of the quiet moments but the atmosphere of the movie is frightening and makes everything scarier. I wouldn’t pick it for a night with your friends but if you are as curious as I was with this one than you should watch it all by your self to seize everything “The Blair Witch Project” has to offer…

★★★

Portuguese: Eis que me lembrei finalmente de falar sobre o filme que inspirou o maior número de self-made horror films. “O Projecto Blair Witch” é um filme sobre três estudantes que desaparecem após viajarem para os bosques de Maryland para fazerem um documentário sobre a lenda local da Bruxa de Blair. Talvez inspirado por “Holocausto Canibal”, “O Projecto Blair Witch” é um filme que revitaliza o género found footage e que é comentado ainda hoje um pouco por todo o mundo. Não é um grande filme de terror, mas não deixa de ser notável a atenção que ganhou após a sua estreia. Após o seu lançamento, imensos filmes amadores tentaram recriar a tensão que só este filme consegue criar, incluíndo um short film polémico na altura feito em Portugal e que chegou a ser noticiado na televisão. “O Projecto Blair Witch” é provocante mas peca pelos tempos mortos apesar de todos aqueles acontecimentos estranhos à volta do bosque. É um filme que espera até aos minutos finais para provocar o grande susto ou para mostrar o que realmente vale, como uma bomba que esteve durante imenso tempo prestes a explodir e que quando rebenta deixa marcas severas. Até ao final, o filme procura prender o espectador com um ambiente e uma atmosfera negra e com acontecimentos estranhos e peculiares. Pessoalmente, não me senti muito atraído pelo conceito do filme, mas não deixo de o aplaudir pela tinta que fez correr em todo o mundo e pelo sucesso enorme que teve. “O Projecto Blair Witch” é o ínicio dos filmes do tipo found footage da era moderna e consegue surpreender pela forma como provoca o espectador deixando-o ansioso até aos momentos finais.

★★★

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