I remember watching the ‘The Blair Witch Project’ for the first time when I was probably in sixth grade. Now don’t judge me but I was used to watching all kinds of horror movies back then. My sister and her friend would bring home the DVDs of the most frightening movies, but something about the Blair Witch Project got me. It was very different from all other movies of that time. Blair Witch had this slight stint of realism that hit you when watched the whole first-person perspective. And it’s probably this perspective that made the whole movie go viral.
The film has no big actors, no visual effects, no dramatic explosions, and absolutely no fancy background music. It appears to be an amateur recording of the events that took place and were later edited together to make it a full feature film. The filming also has its own set of glitches in the recording here and there which makes it look even rawer. The film’s script — if there is one — seems devoid of any real meaning. Even the actors seem so natural at what they’re doing, you seem to wonder whether it’s really a fiction… or not. The characters slowly start losing themselves to the path of hysteria and you can almost feel the madness that’s slowly starting to lurk deep down within them as the shaky camera guides you through the dark corners of the forest.
What makes the whole film even more mysterious is understanding the motives of the fictional editor throughout the movie. The film is like a loopy story with a fictional editor inside the fictional story. While it’s obvious that the actual editor has purposely cut back and forth between the video and the film footage, the viewer is left to decipher the missing puzzles using his/her own imagination. There are no background stories of the character and only a few things are known about the backdrop of the Blair Witch story. The rest of it is left for us to wonder which at times makes us as hopelessly lost as the characters in the film.
The Ending: Who killed whom?
It all comes down to the ending in a horror film. The ending can either make the movie or break it. Though ‘The Blair Witch Project’ has a fair share of scares throughout the movie, the ending is inconclusive, unsettling and downright terrifying. That itself is the reason why one will have to watch it, again and again, to get even a little close to what it tries to convey. In fact, the movie is probably not even trying to convey anything at all and has just left it to your imagination.
The ending of the film shows the two living characters, Heather and Mike, running through the terrifying corridors of an old dark abandoned house trying to look for their friend Josh whose exasperated shrieks echo all over the place. Mike gets a little ahead of Heather and disappears from sight into what seems like the basement of the house. As soon as Heather enters the room, she sees Mike standing in the corner of the room, his face turned towards the wall and not turning towards her even after she repeatedly calls out his name. And then suddenly, she starts to scream louder than ever, her camera drops to the muddy floor and the movie comes to an end.