The Blair Witch Project



This one could be too scary even for your teen.
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  • Review Date: May 18, 2003
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 1999
  • Running Time: 86 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Extremely tense and scary.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some social drinking and smoking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that tolerance for scariness is highly individual, and, especially for teens and younger kids, highly suggestible. In concrete terms, there's nothing really scary in this movie, and parents who don't object to profanity should not have a problem with allowing a kid who really wants to see it to give it a try. They should make sure that those who do see it know -- promotional tricks to the contrary -- that it is entirely manufactured and fictional.

What's the story?

THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT is simply summarized: three film students go into the woods to make a movie about a local legend and never come home. A year later, their footage is found, and what we see is supposed to be what they left behind. Knowing the end from the beginning, the audience is left with 70 minutes of growing dread as the three students become increasingly more panicky and the events turn increasingly more creepy. Then it is over.

Is it any good?


The Blair Witch Project is more conceptual art and marketing phenomenon than movie. Directors Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick drew from canny film- makers like Val Lewton and Alfred Hitchcock -- people are much more scared by what they don't see than by what they do see. The film-makers made a virtue of having no budget for special effects, and left everything to the audience's grisly imagination. Like some sort of cinematic Rorschach test, as we watch this movie, we are each scared by whatever lurks in our subconscious.

Teenagers have always loved scary movies. On one level, they provide peer bonding -- you have to be friends with someone you grabbed in a moment of terror and it is fun have that shared experience. On another level, there is something cathartic for teenagers about seeing this graphic representation of an uncontrollable id on the loose. It is important for parents to remember that tolerance for scariness is highly individual, and, especially for teens and younger kids, highly suggestible. In concrete terms, there is nothing really scary in this movie, but kids who see it need to be capable of getting that it is entirely manufactured and fictional.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the filmmaking techniques of this movie. Did it feel real to you, and do you think other stories would work in this filmmaking technique?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 30, 1999
DVD release date:October 22, 1999
Cast:Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams
Directors:Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez
Studio:Artisan Entertainment
Run time:86 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:language

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Kid, 9 years old December 21, 2010

watched it at 2am

jwilliams303 is wrong! it is real at the start it said this is a true story
Teen, 13 years old Written byultra.kill4 June 12, 2010


okay, i havent actually seen the movie yet, but I'll tell you this. My dad is a tough guy. He went to see this movie in theaters, went out for a run the next morning, and came home early because he was so scared. If you want to be scaered, see this movie. ALTHOUGH, its the kind of movie thats only scray when you fell like your actually there. As I said before my dad saw it in theaters. If you plan to scare yourself, i reccomend you make a rule for your self that you watch in pitch black, with no brakes on a HUGE TV.
Teen, 14 years old Written byEmilyB123 October 1, 2010
lots of repeated uses of the f word and the s word. Being in the woods in the dark unprotected and hearing one of your friends scream like they're being tortured aren't the best scenes for kids to watch. There is also a brief disturbing image at the end of the movie. I have to say, the way the movie ended kind of disturbed me too...but overall pretty good.
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