Cult Labs

Go Back   Cult Labs > Film Discussions > Horror > The 1970's And Beyond > The 1990's


Poll: Blair Witch Verdict?
Be advised that this is a public poll: other users can see the choice(s) you selected.
Poll Options
Blair Witch Verdict?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 5th October 2010, 08:33 PM
The Reaper Man@Cult Labs's Avatar
Cult Master
Good Trader
Senior Moderator
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Glasgow
Default The Blair Witch Project Thread

With the Blu Ray release of The Blair Witch project,I thought I'd ask the question.....

Is it a load of Hype and Tripe or do you actually rate it as a good horror movie?

I've seen on other forums,that this one usually splits the audience right down the middle.

A phenomenal experiment on internet hysteria?
AN experience of motion sickness?
A good old fashioned scare movie?
A pile of tosh?

So what's it to be then?
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 41sa+foXetL._SL500_AA300_.jpg (10.5 KB, 0 views)
File Type: jpg 178165.1020.A.jpg (84.1 KB, 0 views)
File Type: jpg 408281.1020.A.jpg (57.6 KB, 0 views)
File Type: jpg 474871.1020.A.jpg (42.3 KB, 0 views)
File Type: jpg 434803.1020.A.jpg (42.2 KB, 0 views)
__________________
Don't look; he'll see you. Don't move; he'll hear you. Don't breathe; you're dead!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 5th October 2010, 08:44 PM
the blob's Avatar
Cult Acolyte
Good Trader
 
Join Date: May 2010
Blog Entries: 3
Default

I enjoyed it a lot after being very skeptical before seeing it. Thought it was well done and very creepy in parts. Haven't had a chance to watch it for a while because it actually scares the Mrs too much. She hates the woods anyway let alone after seeing that!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 5th October 2010, 08:46 PM
The Reaper Man@Cult Labs's Avatar
Cult Master
Good Trader
Senior Moderator
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Glasgow
Default

My Missus fell asleep during it!
__________________
Don't look; he'll see you. Don't move; he'll hear you. Don't breathe; you're dead!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 5th October 2010, 08:51 PM
Ex-member
Good Trader
 
Join Date: May 2010
Default

I though it was awful, I was bored and restless the whole time and just when it looked like it was going to be alright for a couple of minutes it suddenly ended.

I fell for the hype and wasted my time and money watching this shit.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 5th October 2010, 08:54 PM
The Reaper Man@Cult Labs's Avatar
Cult Master
Good Trader
Senior Moderator
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Glasgow
Default



One for the 'no's'!

I don't think there's any in betweens with this.
It's the Marmite scenario.Love it,or hate it!
__________________
Don't look; he'll see you. Don't move; he'll hear you. Don't breathe; you're dead!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 5th October 2010, 08:55 PM
The Reaper Man@Cult Labs's Avatar
Cult Master
Good Trader
Senior Moderator
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Glasgow
Default

And Sarah prefers the sequel!
__________________
Don't look; he'll see you. Don't move; he'll hear you. Don't breathe; you're dead!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 5th October 2010, 08:56 PM
Sarah@Cult Labs's Avatar
Newsletter Moderator
Forum Moderator
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Liverpool
Blog Entries: 2
Default

I remember going to see it at the cinema the night after watching a documentary revealing what a big hoax it all was. That kinda ruined it for me.

However, a few months later I watched it on video at a friend's sleepover. She lived in a cottage in the middle of nowhere. In that environment it was super-scary. It's kind of an "experience" film, I suppose. You have to be completely immersed in it in the right surroundings to truly enjoy it.

I actually do prefer the sequel...
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 5th October 2010, 08:58 PM
The Reaper Man@Cult Labs's Avatar
Cult Master
Good Trader
Senior Moderator
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Glasgow
Default

That would be the right surroundings Sarah!
__________________
Don't look; he'll see you. Don't move; he'll hear you. Don't breathe; you're dead!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 5th October 2010, 09:02 PM
the blob's Avatar
Cult Acolyte
Good Trader
 
Join Date: May 2010
Blog Entries: 3
Default

I first saw it on video, on my own after avoiding it for a while because I wasn't that interested before and it worked well then. I think it would have been a different story at the cinema. It's definitely an environment movie.

It did start an unfortunate trend though. I'm totally sick of cam films.

Oh yeah, I can't even think how many time I've been off the beaten track since and seen piled-up stones too.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 5th October 2010, 09:05 PM
Sarah@Cult Labs's Avatar
Newsletter Moderator
Forum Moderator
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Liverpool
Blog Entries: 2
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by the blob View Post
It's definitely an environment movie.
It's funny how some films depend so much on the environment in which you see them. Saw Buried at the weekend and, while I think it's one of the best films I've seen all year, I think it only works in a darkened cinema.

Unless of course you have the capacity to completely black out your living room!
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 5th October 2010, 09:05 PM
The Reaper Man@Cult Labs's Avatar
Cult Master
Good Trader
Senior Moderator
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Glasgow
Default

Yeah,what was that other one about The Jersey Devil...The Last Broadcast.
Now it WAS woeful!
__________________
Don't look; he'll see you. Don't move; he'll hear you. Don't breathe; you're dead!
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 14th November 2010, 12:33 AM
ukdracula's Avatar
Cult Rookie
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Leeds
Default

I bought 'The Blair Witch Project' on DVD when it was first released in the US. It arrived the day it hit our cinemas so all the hype about it being genuine was still in full swing. I followed all the supposed events on it's official site. So I watched the documentary on the DVD first, 'Curse of the Blair Witch' which goes into the 'history' of the Blair Witch case and mythology and again, tries to convince everything is true. Although I didn't fall for any of it, I couldn't help but be drawn in. So, with the lights off and curtains closed, I sat down and watched it. In parts it was very creepy. But I am ashamed to say, especially as few films ever bother me, the final five minutes almost gave me a damn heart attack. I think once it was common knowledge it was fake and everybody knew about the ending, it lost it's magic. Though I still like it and think it was an extremely clever film built on marketing and hype. Although 'Cannibal Holocaust' did the "genuine footage" angle first and better, it still has a lot to answer for with all the 'cam-corder footage' films that have followed.
__________________
I'm as easy going as a serial killer with a new set of steak knives, more disturbed than a cannibal on a vegetarian diet and as friendly as a necrophile in a mortuary.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 18th November 2010, 08:04 AM
wayfarer's Avatar
Cultist on the Rampage
Good Trader
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Chelmsford, Essex, UK
Blog Entries: 2
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sarah@Cult Labs View Post
It's funny how some films depend so much on the environment in which you see them. Saw Buried at the weekend and, while I think it's one of the best films I've seen all year, I think it only works in a darkened cinema.

Unless of course you have the capacity to completely black out your living room!
I agree Sarah. The first time I was aware of the movie was in the US. I was excited at being able to see The Phantom Menace a month before the UK, while I was in Everett, Washington. (My good mood would deteriorate after watching TPM). Just before TPM started, an odd teaser trailer came on for a film I hadn’t heard of, suggesting it was based on real events.
Eventually, I attended a special screening at the Barbican. Everyone that was there, wanted to be there, so the atmosphere was quite reverential and respectful, instead of taco chomping, crisp packet rustlers that you get in the average cinema.
For the most part I felt like I was watching a loud American girl whinging for 90 minutes and I asked myself why I was there watching this. It was the punchline ending that got me and the feeling afterwards, reflecting on what I had seen. I last saw it, on DVD, a year ago. That will be the last time I watch it, it doesn’t work at all after a number of repeated viewings.
What I liked most about the series, was the mythology behind it. I’ve seen all the “documentaries” focusing on the Blair Witch and the whole thing’s quite clever.
Is the Blu-Ray going to include the extended version that was touted a couple of years back?
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 18th November 2010, 08:45 AM
Peter Neal's Avatar
Cultist on the Rampage
Good Trader
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Helsinki
Blog Entries: 14
Default

I managed to ignore pretty much all the hype surrounding it at the time of release- Not that hard really as I was moving from Germany to Finland in '99 and had other things on my mind- so "Blair Witch" hit me unprepared and has become one of the genuinely scariest movies I know- then again the mere notion of having to spent a night in a forest in the middle of nowhere wuold be enough to turn me into a nervous wreck
It's a testament to the power of sound and suggestion and has only recently been rivaled by "Paranormal Activity" as far as the "reality"-angle's effectivity is concerned
And no, I don't think the "similarities" to "Cannibal Holocaust" are that striking in the end.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 18th November 2010, 08:49 AM
wayfarer's Avatar
Cultist on the Rampage
Good Trader
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Chelmsford, Essex, UK
Blog Entries: 2
Default

I will keep schtum on my opinions of the Paranormal Activity franchise.*

* or not

Last edited by wayfarer; 18th November 2010 at 01:24 PM.
Reply With Quote
Reply  

Like this? Share it using the links below!

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



Our goal is to keep Cult Labs friendly. If you feel discouraged from posting by certain members' behaviour then you can e-mail us in complete confidence.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
All forum posts are contributed by members of the site; Cult Labs cannot take responsibility for all content posted on the site. If you have an issue with content posted on the site please click the 'report post' button.
Copyright © 2014 Cult Laboratories Ltd. All rights reserved.