Parents' Guide to

The Blair Witch Project

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

'90s horror movie isn't gory but is still terrifying.

Movie R 1999 86 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 35 parent reviews

age 11+
This was a really good horror movie. It had the fear factor, and such a good story. If youre looking for a little bit of a scare, this is a good go-to. There isnt very much gore, but there is a decent amount of language and a smaller amount of smoking/drinking, so I feel like its definitely not for younger kids, but its okay for 11+
2 people found this helpful.
age 14+
This movie is terrifying...
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (35):
Kids say (149):

This horror film is more conceptual art and marketing phenomenon than movie. Directors Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick drew from canny filmmakers such as Val Lewton and Alfred Hitchcock: People are much more scared by what they don't see than by what they do see. The filmmakers 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's fun to 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's 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 graphically scary in The Blair Witch Project , but kids who see it need to be capable of understanding that it's entirely manufactured and fictional.

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