The Blair Witch Project

  • Directors: Daniel Myrick
  • Producers: Robin Cowie, Gregg Hale
  • Writers: Daniel Myrick
  • Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C Williams

In 1994, film students Heather Donahue, Michael Williams and Joshua Leonard set out to produce a documentary about the fabled Blair Witch. They travel to Burkittsville (formerly Blair), Maryland and interview locals about the legend of the Blair Witch. Two locals tell them of a hermit named Rustin Parr who kidnapped seven children in his house in the woods from 1940 to 1941. Parr brought the children into his basement in pairs, killing one child while one stood with their face toward a corner. He would then kill the corner child. Parr eventually turned himself in to the police, later pleading insanity, saying that the spirit of a witch killed in the 18th century had convinced him to kill the seven children. The trio also interviews Mary Brown, an eccentric older woman who tells them that she had an encounter with the Blair Witch as a young girl.

The next day, the students begin to explore the woods near Burkittsville to look for evidence of the Blair Witch. Along the way, a fisherman warns them that the woods are haunted. The students hike to Coffin Rock, where five men were found ritually murdered in the nineteenth century, and then camp for the night. The next day they move deeper into the woods, despite being uncertain of their exact location on the map. They eventually locate what appears to be an old cemetery with seven small cairns. They set up camp nearby and then return to the cemetery after dark. One of the students accidentally disturbs a cairn, and Heather hastily repairs it. Later, they hear strange cracking sounds in the darkness but cannot locate the source. The following day they attempt to return to their vehicle, but fail to find it before darkness falls and are forced to set camp. That night, they again hear cracking noises, but cannot see anything. The next morning they find three small cairns have been built around their tent during the night. As they continue to try and find their way out of the woods, Heather realizes that her map is missing, and Mike reveals that he kicked it into a creek out of frustration the previous day. Josh and Heather attack Mike out of a fit of intense rage. They then realize they are now thoroughly lost, and decide to simply head south. Soon they discover a set of humanoid stick figures made of woven sticks and branches suspended from trees. That night, they hear more strange noises, including the sounds of children, and unknown entities brush against the sides of their tent. They flee their tent in panic and hide in the dark woods until dawn. Upon returning to their tent, they find that their possessions have been rifled through, and Josh’s equipment is covered with slime. As the day wears on, they realize that they are completely disoriented and going in circles, and again set camp.

That night, they again hear Josh’s agonized cries for help and follow them to an abandoned house in the woods. Mike races down into the basement and after what seems to be a struggle, goes silent and drops his camera to the floor. Heather then enters the basement and sees Mike facing a corner. Then Heather drops her camera, and her screams suddenly fall silent.

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