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Horror Top 10 | #9 The Blair Witch Project

Time Magazine CoverHorror Top 10 | #9 The Blair Witch Project (1999) – “In October of 1994 three student filmmakers disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland, while shooting a documentary…A year later their footage was found.”

It’s hard to imagine horror without the found footage genre due to the enormous popularity of the Paranormal Activity franchise. The Blair Witch Project is the student film that started it all.
The film portrays the story of three filmmakers who disappeared hiking in the Black Hills near Burkittsville, Maryland in 1994 to film a documentary about a local legend called the Blair Witch. The film claims that the crew was never seen or heard from again, but that their equipment was found a year later and this is the recovered footage.
The Blair Witch Project received huge critical and financial success, likely due to how many believed the footage to be real. The film cost $22,000 to make and made back $240.5 million, a ratio of $1 spent for every $10,931 made.

Fun Facts about The Blair Witch Project:

Actress Heather Donahue’s mom received sympathy cards from people who believed her daughter was actually dead/missing. Before the film was released, the three main actors were listed as “missing, presumed dead” on IMDb.

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