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Category:Classic Movies, Horror
Tags:1999, found footage, The Blair Witch Project
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Comment count is 19
bawbag - 2015-12-03
Hated this movie back then, this scene was a big part of that.

5 for reminding me.
Old_Zircon - 2015-12-03
I saw it and thought it was so-so pretty entertaining in the context of all the slick, big budget stuff that was dominating theaters at the time (unlike today, right?) but I also worked in a video store and it only took a few weeks of hearing kids (and some adults) passionately arguing that it was real and they only claimed it was staged after the fact to get theaters to screen it etc. etc. to cure me of liking it.

Still better than Waking Life though.

bawbag - 2015-12-03
A lot of my friends and co-workers at the time were hugely into the horror 'scene' and after a couple of weeks of their rabbiting on about BWP being effectively the second coming of the horror genre, I finally went to see it and was massively disappointed by what I saw.

I learned not to trust any of their film recommendations after that.

Spot-on regarding Waking Life.

infinite zest - 2015-12-03
Yeah, I was like 17 when it came out. It started in one indie theatre before going to all the big theatre chains which also added to the illusion, since they showed lots of documentaries and such other relatively obscure indie films. But my friend worked at that theatre, and like any other movie they received all sorts of promo material, like the hands that stuck to the walls and stuff. They also got a press release which pretty much said it was fake.

Since they didn't put up any of the displays and stuff, and didn't say anything about it being a mocumentary a lot of people did think it was real, and I probably would've too, but by the time it hit the big theatres (I think within the next week) all the displays were up and it was pretty obvious.

infinite zest - 2015-12-03
hey now, if it wasn't for Waking Life we might not have the Alex Jones we all know and love.

bawbag - 2015-12-03
haha Alex Jones, that guy is responsible for so much of the dumbest parts of the internet.

My main memory of 'encountering' the guy is when I used to do side work for a certain large pre-facebook social network and he spammed the shit out of all the forums.

I contacted him directly and asked him nicely to knock it off, twice. I even told him which forums he could actually post it in without having his posting rights nixed.

He ignored it and got banned entirely. Wrote some massive screechy diatribe about how it was because of NewsCorp and that everyone involved was a nazi quisling and his usual sort of moderate, sane banter.

Not long after that, my more psychonaut-leaning friends were the first group who picked up on 'that thing he does' and began spamming my email and feeds with it relentlessly.

I often wonder what combination of mental illness, money-hunger and prescription/party drugs makes him the way he is.

My money's on uppers.

infinite zest - 2015-12-03
Oh my. That is awesome but also sounds infuriating. In my mind I'm imagining Jones spamming the hell out of Friendster.

gravelstudios - 2015-12-03
I actually really like this movie. It was released when I was in high school, but I never watched it then. I saw it the first time a couple years ago, so my enjoyment of it isn't through a nostalgia lens.

That being said, this scene is the only part that fully breaks my suspension of disbelief and pulls me out of the movie. I always thought this scene was really stupid.
Sexy Duck Cop - 2015-12-03
Everyone loved this movie in 1999. Everyone hated this movie in 2000.

I enjoyed it.

That guy - 2015-12-03
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Caminante Nocturno - 2015-12-03
I dozed off several times while watching this in the theater, but I have to admit that the parts I was awake for were a little scary.
Nikon - 2015-12-03
I have a nostalgia soft spot for this. I think it's better than the wave of found footage movie imitators it inspired.
The Mothership - 2015-12-03
It's funny cause he kicked the map into the creek yesterday.
That guy - 2015-12-04
WHY WOULD HE DO THAT etc etc etc

Nominal - 2015-12-04
It's really hard to explain THE PHENOMENON that was this movie to anyone who didn't experience it in 1999.

It was hyped to shit by one of the first big internet guerrilla marketing campaigns ever. Fake websites set up to make it seem real. Radio hosts who were convinced it was real talking about it. The internet just developed enough to spread rumors, but not developed enough to quickly dispel them. The fact that the early run could only be seen in small indie theaters added to the whole underground Faces of Death feel.

It's hard to name a contemporary movie that had more of an effect on a genre. Not the wire-fu and bullet time of The Matrix. Not the mockumentary of Spinal Tap. Maaaaaybe Private Ryan on war flicks?

It's also harder to name a more influential movie that aged SO HORRIBLY so quickly. Even most people who liked it when they first saw it will tell you it doesn't hold up to a 2nd viewing.
Nominal - 2015-12-04
and if you want to see the current pinnacle of found footage horror movies, check out [REC], but whatever the fuck you do DO NOT see Quarantine first.

The Mothership - 2015-12-04
What Nominal said. It looks totally fake now, cause it was. But at the time it seemed totally real, cause we were young and stupid.

Quad9Damage - 2015-12-04
BWP came out when I was a sophomore in high school. My mom watched the Sci-Fi Channel special. Fully convinced BWP was real, she forbade me from seeing it. "SOMEBODY got them," she kept repeating in an ominous tone.

I saw the movie after it was released on VHS. I was unimpressed. I recently did a rewatch this past Halloween and gained a new perspective. Fake mockumentary and moments of ACTING! aside, there’s something about being lost in the woods for days on end, hungry, cold and pissed at your friends that is genuinely terrifying. By Day Four or so the trees themselves are scarier than the cultish figurines and noises outside the tent.

I don’t hate it. What’s left after the curtain was pulled back has held up well.
Jet Bin Fever - 2015-12-04
Ahh look at us, all bonding and reminiscing and shit. That's the REAL magic of the Blair Witch right there!
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