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The Blair Witch Project

horror, thrillers

THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT follows a trio of filmmakers on what should have been a simple walk in the woods, but quickly becomes an excursion into heart-stopping terror.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
0 out of 5
4 out of 5

This one could be too scary even for your teen.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that tolerance for scariness is highly individual, and, especially for teens and younger kids, highly suggestible. In concrete terms, there's nothing really scary in this movie, and parents who don't object to profanity should not have a problem with allowing a kid who really wants to see it to give it a try. They should make sure that those who do see it know -- promotional tricks to the contrary -- that it is entirely manufactured and fictional.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the filmmaking techniques of this movie. Did it feel real to you, and do you think other stories would work in this filmmaking technique?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Where is the suspense? Where is the involvement? Where is the identification?

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Friday, April 27, 2007

Fresh: A] creepy tale of witchcraft, murders and ghost sightings.

- Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Fresh: If you can handle its unconventional approach, you won't feel as if you're seeing a film so much as witnessing a living nightmare.

- Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle, Thursday, July 21, 2005

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Reputation precedes this work justifiably as the effect achieved is immersion into the DNA of terror namely: your own imagination. One might ask, "What's the worst that can happen?", but in truth you already know. You already know.

- ApeneckFletcher, Sunday, October 2, 2011

4 stars

An innovation in film making and the first in the realism by the handheld camera genre, Blair Witch sparked films such as Cloverfield, Paranormal Activity, and Quarantine. Besides that, it is a really well made film. Drawing on old Hollywood's technique of building suspense without showing the ghost in the closet or the scary monster under the bed, Blair Witch leaves much up to the imagination. Three filmmakers, two are friendly, one is an outsider. As they become lost in the vast woods, running low on supplies and turning on one another for a scapegoat, they also come into contact with a series of strange events, including footsteps all around their campsite, piles of rocks, and bundles of twigs that were not there when they arrived. Blair addresses all the audience's concerns by answering the questions of: Why are you still filming even though there's a witch after you? Where's the confrontation towards your new member? Everything that you're expecting to poke holes in is covered, and so it's a character study in a way. As the terror builds, the truth comes out amongst them: we may die. Not of starvation, but by the hands of this thing that's hunting us. The drive in the witch is fueled by Joshua's disturbance of a scared cairn, and in doing so is her principle target, getting slimed and chased through the woods. This ghost is furious, all powerful, and unstoppable, exemplifying the best kind of fear. The only reason I couldn't get into it fully was because I know none of it is real, this isn't 1999 when the sensationalism was building for this film, and Paranormal Activity scared the pants off me years later with its payoff. Still, a true gem of horror film making.

- FrizzDrop, Friday, September 30, 2011

4 stars

Although it might seem sluggish to some, the whole thing is fascinating and incredibly realistic. The concept is simple but powerful, and the movie shifts from fun joyride to riveting drama to shocking horror. It's surprising that nobody in this movie got nominated for an oscar, considering how realistic they were in extremely demanding roles. In the end the movie's not full out scary, but it's creepy and gut wrenching and really makes you feel for the three students. I had trouble sleeping afterward even though I was long way away from any woods.

- superjoker1, Saturday, August 13, 2011