Friday, October 13, 2006
31 Days of Halloween - Day 12 Movie
My wife had never seen it, and since it's rare getting her to watch any horror movie with me, I agreed to watch "The Blair Witch Project" (1999). This is the second time I've seen it, and while I found it to be pretty effective the firts time, this time I found it somewhat annoying, particularly Heather Donahue's character. Also the number of times the "f-word" was used, while nowhere near the 218 times it was used in "Scarface," according to the IMDB, was used here 133 times.
While I admire the movie's humble creation, and find the documenatry-like nature of the film necessary to its success (much like "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), the lead in of the three characters bantering, etc., before any of the weirdness enters the film seemed somewhat interminable, while the post-weirdness material seems very rushed and then suddenly over. I found the sound effects and unexplained nature of the phenomena to be the most effective element of the movie. This is definitely a case of less is more.
I still think it's a pretty decent movie, but don't think it lends itself well to multiple viewings. My wife wanted to know what all teh fuss was about.