THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT REVIEWED
“The Blair Witch Project” is a short retrospective book that serves the audience that Arrow lives to feed. Also, it feels like a recent time capsule. I’m now finding a ton of film fans that don’t get the cultural impact that this film had upon release. Hell, it super undercut the zeitgeist of what Episode I was supposed to create. All I can really remember about my first time seeing the film was the Ghost Dog trailer and buying a shirt at Suncoast later that day. The actual media reach this film had upon release is insane when revisited.
Multiple TV specials, pop culture appearances from the late summer and deep into the Fall were almost immediate. Hell, there’s an insane amount of attention paid to the lackluster sequel and the initial efforts to try to make another sequel. The interviews and first-person commentary was minimal, but this works as a tome of what had come before. So much information in what booklet is stunning.
I do have one sore spot. The amount of set photos included in the book felt dumb. Especially because a low-color film when reprinted on paper tends to look washed-out and hard to decipher. The little bit of lip service paid to Blair Witch felt forced, as it almost seemed like an obligation. I guess that’s because a minimal horror film from 1999 can only provide for so much coverage. Oh well, it’s well worth checking out.
- Russ Gomm
- 119 pages
- Arrow Books