When ‘The Blair Witch Project’ was released in 1999, it brought in a wave of change in the horror genre. The film tells the story of three student filmmakers — Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, and Joshua Leonard — who hike in the Black Hills near Burkittsville, Maryland in 1994 to film a documentary about a local legend known as the “Blair Witch”. However, the three suddenly disappear. A year later, their disappearance is uncovered from their equipment and footage, which showcases the horror of the “Blair Witch”.
The film led to the rise of found footage horror films in the 2000s. The entire movie is unique in its storytelling style, the overall aesthetics and vision. The films mentioned below are built stylistically along the lines of this stone cold classic. Here’s the list of best movies similar to ‘The Blair Witch Project’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘The Blair Witch Project’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. August Underground (2001)
Either ‘August Underground’ will cause immense repulsion or one would cite as a brilliant piece of work. ‘August Underground’, directed by American filmmaker Fred Vogel, chronicles the exploits of a serial killer named Peter, which is filmed by his unnamed and unseen accomplice. The film, due to its extreme violence and gore, received much controversy. However, it has received a cult status for its realistic quality and showing the dark side of the serial killer. The narrative of the film is nihilistic and does not shy away from showcasing extreme torture and gore.
9. The Bay (2012)
Directed by American filmmaker Barry Levinson, ‘The Bay’ is an eco-horror film focusing on a parasite which infects humans to in the small town of Maryland and causes a humongous ecological disaster occurs. What makes ‘The Bay’ so horrifying is the sheer lunacy of a parasite entering the human body. It creates tension and stress within the viewers. ‘The Bay’ infuses the horrors of the found footage genre with the biological calamities of the parasite. The film went on to receive critical acclaim, with many praising its choice of not depending on pure blood and gore to create the sensation of horror.