Monday, October 02, 2017

Countdown To Halloween // Day Two

Welcome back to day two of my countdown to Halloween series, where I share all of my favourite Halloween films. Today's film is...

Found footage tells the story of three film students (Michael, Joshua and Heather) who travel to the small town of Burkittsville, Maryland to record footage for their documentary, about the legendary local murderer, the Blair Witch. They interview the locals who tell them of all the people that have gone missing and never returned over the years, they also warn them that they shouldn't enter the woods themselves. Of course, they do anyway to get the further shots and footage that they need for their film. But things take a turn for the worst when they get lost and have no choice but to camp in the woods overnight and then the strange occurrences and noises start...

As I have a sibling that is seven years older than me, sometimes I would end up sneakily watching R rated horror films when I was a kid, this was one of them. I heard so many people talking about it and how terrifying it was, even my Dad who was a person that wasn't scared of anything said he found this scary so I couldn't wait to watch it. When I finally did, I didn't understand what the fuss was about, you didn't even see the monster/murderer.
But then I grew up and watched it again and I finally got it. As children, we're most afraid of monsters. Is there something underneath my bed right now that's going to eat me or claw me to death? No? Oh, well then everything is Tickety-Boo. But as we grow up, we need to see and know everything that's going on, so that we can fully understand the situation and as a result, can keep everything under control. Without that, we're left with the unknown, which makes us feel hopeless and completely terrified because literally anything could happen and that's the worst paranoia-inducing feeling you can have. 

I think filmmakers that are making something in the horror genre, sometimes fall into that trap of thinking that it needs to have tons and tons of jumpscares to make it scary. I think this is such a huge mistake, the less you actually see of something but know that it's nearby (which can be achieved with the use of certain camera angles or noises such as the snapping of twigs) makes it so much more terrifying because you're constantly on edge of the unknown. This film does this perfectly, as well as It Follows (2014) and When A Stranger Calls (2006) where you don't see the killer until the last few minutes of the film. 

Last year also saw the remake of the Blair Witch Project (1999) titled simply "Blair Witch" I gave it a chance but I hated it. They threw away everything that made it work in the first place and thought it would pass for a great movie because they modernised it by using things such as a drone. 
No. The paranoia aspect of not seeing the murderer/monster/witch was also completely taken away and like everyone has said, they just made it look like a giant cheese string. A disappointing attempt at a remake, would never watch again. 

One of my favourite things about this film is the fact that it had such a small budget of around $60,000 and it became such a classic in the horror genre and it was what started the POV style horrors, which I really enjoy. Definitely not a film for the faint-hearted but if horror films are your thing, I would highly recommend.

"I'm afraid to close my eyes, I'm afraid to open them."

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