I finally watched this horror classic and… it left me a little underwhelmed. I appreciate the mark that its left on the genre (and cinema in general) but the film doesn’t hold up as well to today’s standards, and didn’t live up to the potential that I felt the movie had within it.
I loved the concept of the film, and the legend of the Blair Witch. The beginning of the film hooked me, and I was intrigued to learn more about the Witch. As the movie went on, though, it started to bore me. As the credits rolled, I found myself disappointed and not even remotely scared.
The acting was pretty good. I thought Heather in particular did a phenomenal job in the film. I could feel the terror, anger, and curiosity emanating from her.
The cinematography was unique for its time, but compared to today’s films, it’s pretty standard. I felt disoriented at some points of the film, due to the shaky cam (and this chick hates feeling queasy).
Overall, this is an important film in the history of cinema, but it doesn’t live up to the high standards of the current landscape of horror. I’m still highly anticipating Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch, but I found the original film to be a well-acted, standard film with no scares that didn’t live up to the potential that it had dwelling inside its dark heart.
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