HOW A MOVIE ABOUT A PARANORMAL PHENOMENON REVOLUTIONIZED ENTERTAINMENT

Paranormal phenomena have always fascinated people. People are trying to track mystical beings down. It is not for nothing that a lot of literature and films deal with the phenomena. Sometimes a small project can have unexpected consequences. That happened with a small budget movie more than 22 years ago. The Blair Witch Project revolutionized the world of movies about paranormal things in many ways. That included the low budget, which had no impact on global success and camera work. The directors Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez invented the shaky camera filming style, which has since found its permanent place in the entertainment industry.

How A Movie About A Paranormal Phenomenon Revolutionized Entertainment
How A Movie About A Paranormal Phenomenon Revolutionized Entertainment

This movie was made in 1999 and still now it has its cult status. It cost only $35,000 and became the most successful independent film of all time with gross revenues of over $248 million. The concept used was straightforward. It was authenticity. The storyline tells about three students who disappear into the woods of Maryland. Heather, Michael and Joshua are making a documentary about the Blair Witch. According to the legends, this witch might live here in the woods of Maryland. After doing some research, the small crew set out to find them in a wooded area. But during the night, the three are woken up by eerie noises. Strange symbols terrify the students.

The Pseudo-Documentation Caused Fear And Horror

Their compass has stopped working, and their map got lost. Unsurprisingly, the three amateur filmmakers get lost and slowly but surely panic. When Joshua suddenly disappears, they realize the situation is serious. The film reflects the events from recordings allegedly found later. That is how the filmmakers explain the hectic and shaky eight-millimetre shots. They are coarse-grained black and white. This camera work, which was new at the time, perfectly conveyed fear and authenticity. That is how the two directors captured the protagonists’ real fear. You can not see the threat in the film, but you can feel it due to the particular type of camera work. It takes place in the mind of the audience. People don’t see a witch, and there are no special effects. The end breaks down on the audience abrupt, consistent, and shocking.

The Pseudo-Documentation Caused Fear And Horror
The Pseudo-Documentation Caused Fear And Horror

That is how the cinema fans reacted to the film. From the start of the USA, reports from horrified viewers increased. That hype only fueled the success of The Blair Witch Project. In the end, the cheap strip about an invented witch convinced an audience of millions around the world. In many places, people thought the pseudo-documentation war real. The semi-darkness with its blurring, pixelated images and the shaky camera was enough to fake a paranormal event. All of this caused horror in the audience. Due to the great success, some sequels followed. However, these films were never able to generate the hype that the original sparked in 1999. The Blair Witch Projects remains an exception in the history of Hollywood.