The Blair Witch Project (20th Anniversary)

Part of the First Saturday Horror Series

Saturday, June 1 · view days & times
Price: $10.00 regular | $8.00 student & senior | $7.50 ArtsQuest Member
Venue: Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas


1999 | R | 1 hr 21 mins

Directed by: Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick
Starring: Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael Williams

With a marketing campaign almost as famous as the film itself The Blair Witch Project closed out late 90s horror with a shaky camera and a bang, bringing back into the horror ether found footage filmmaking. Set in Burkittsville, Maryland a trio of student filmmakers embark on a two day hike to investigate the local urban legend of the Blair Witch. Anchored as much in lore as the "true crime" stories of Elly Kedward Rustin Paar that gave rise to the legend of the Blair Witch, the eerie and gripping interviews with locals provide the proper amount of foreboding tension before the first disruption the filmmakers encounter. The film manipulates time and space, a credit to the guerrilla style of production, to equally disorient subject and audience as to what is real and imagined. Diegetic sound is key throughout the film to cause the viewer to question constantly, did I hear that or imagine it? How much of what the campers experience is the supernatural presence of the Blair Witch and how much is fueled by abject terror? Much is made about the verisimilitude of the marketing campaign for the film, but what remains most significantly about this film years later is that it is a tentpole in the found footage canon, an experience as disorienting as being lost in the woods, and contains a finale as chilling as the project of trying to find a centuries old witch should.

Venue Information
Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas
ArtsQuest Center
101 Founders Way
Bethlehem, PA 18015
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