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What becomes especially impressive about Blair Witch is how relentlessly it sticks to its vision.
Los Angeles Times:
In short, the film is a clever, entertaining stunt, no more, no less, and a terrific calling card for its fledgling filmmakers, Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez.
You can dismiss The Blair Witch Project as a trick. Or you can give in to the treat and savor that rarest of accomplishments in a field notorious for tedium and repetition -- an original horror movie.
Using the most modest means, Sanchez and Myrick manage to tell a compelling story, create recognizable characters and hold our attention even when there's literally nothing on the screen.
Dallas Morning News:
The Blair Witch Project should be remembered for its uncanny and sometimes deceptive knack for selling itself.
New York Post:
The creepiest and most original horror film since John Carpenter's classic Halloween.
What gives the film much of its force and its mounting sense of queasy uncertainty is its narrative method, which ensures that we know no more about the proceedings than the characters do.
Sanchez and Myrick's film knows that what's not seen frightens more easily that what is, and that the imagination's thoughts of what might have happened generally horrify on a deeper level than knowing what did.
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.
Whenever night falls, the movie takes off, but in a slow creep, with all your childhood fears of the dark suddenly revealing themselves as absolutely reasonable.
Globe and Mail:
What can anyone say about The Blair Witch Project that hasn't been trumpeted from a thousand Web sites already?
Heather's shaky video work can induce motion sickness -- it looks like combat footage as she bolts through the woods -- but just try turning away.
A cunningly conceived and crafted exercise in suggestibility and terror.
New York Magazine/Vulture:
You don't need buckets of moolah and a zillion computer-generated effects to get a rise out of an audience. Just a little imagination, a little suggestive terror, will do quite nicely.
New York Daily News:
The very crudeness of the film stock and technique contribute mightily to the feeling that things are out of control, disoriented and possibly subject to unnatural laws.
The simplest effects are the most effective "effects." That's the horrific lesson of micro-budget masterpiece of modern horror, The Blair Witch Project.
Sanchez and Myrick deserve credit not only for attempting something different, but for succeeding so brilliantly at it!
At a time when digital techniques can show us almost anything, The Blair Witch Project is a reminder that what really scares us is the stuff we can't see. The noise in the dark is almost always scarier than what makes the noise in the dark.
I have seen the new face of movie horror and its name is The Blair Witch Project, a groundbreaker in fright that reinvents scary for the new millennium.
Mary Elizabeth Williams,
It's been a long time since a movie did so much by showing so little.
San Francisco Chronicle:
There's no denying the terror in The Blair Witch Project. It's fierce, it's palpable and it gets deep under the skin.
I could tell you the story -- give away every detail -- and The Blair Witch Project would still freeze your blood.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Blair Witch is the most dangerous film in captivity. It's a no-excuses horror show with an emotional wallop like falling headlong into a bear trap.
The actors never put a foot wrong; the video diary form allows no artifice, so that as terror mounts, the dread is infectious.
Pic comes across as smart without feeling manipulative.
Although the payoff is ambiguous, the experience remains in the mind. It's an absolutely restrained and truly frightening movie.
The Blair Witch Project" is the scariest movie I've ever seen. Not the goriest, the grossest, the weirdest, the eeriest, the sickest, the creepiest or the slimiest... Just flat out the scariest.
Wall Street Journal:
The scariest shots, from someone's little Hi-8 camcorder, document the students losing their bearings, giving way to panic and finally falling victim, though off screen, to some ineffably, unphotographably evil presence.