The original Blair Witch Project arguably created the found footage genre when it was released back in 1999. Telling the tale of a bunch of students striding out into the Maryland woodlands, the film offered audiences a new way of experiencing terror from the point of view of those being subjected to it, and they lapped it up. Now, the franchise is back with a bang in, well, Blair Witch, a Force Awakens to the original’s still terrifying A New Hope.
With Blair Witch arriving on Blu-ray and DVD from January 23rd, what better opportunity to look at some of the found footage terrors the original film has inspired:
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
Okay, I know we just said The Blair Witch Project created the genre, but only in as much as Halloween created the stalk’n’slash (when actually, Black Christmas pipped it to the post but didn’t take off in quite the same way), but Cannibal Holocaust pre-dates the woods in Burkittsville by nearly 20 years. The tale of an attempt to recover reels of film from shot by a documentary crew is replete with nastiness – so much so that the director was briefly charged with murder – so it’s pleasing to see the genre took a more acceptable turn as years went by.
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