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The Aesthetics of Artificial Authenticity

Peter Turner

in The Blair Witch Project

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733841
eISBN:
9781800342163
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733841.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses the visual style of The Blair Witch Project (1999). In notable opposition to the slasher cycle and the later ‘torture porn’ trend in modern horror, The Blair Witch Project ... More


Marketing, Reception and Legacy

Peter Turner

in The Blair Witch Project

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733841
eISBN:
9781800342163
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733841.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter studies how The Blair Witch Project (1999) was marketed, how it was received by critics and audiences, and the legacy that endures more than a decade after its release. The Blair Witch ... More


The Making of The Blair Witch Project

Peter Turner

in The Blair Witch Project

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733841
eISBN:
9781800342163
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733841.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter details the making of The Blair Witch Project (1999). The stories that surround the production of The Blair Witch Project are as fascinating as the final product. The circumstances of ... More


Who Am I? Positioning the Spectator and Identification

Peter Turner

in The Blair Witch Project

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733841
eISBN:
9781800342163
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733841.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the notion of identification in relation to The Blair Witch Project (1999). One of the primary reasons for the continued use of the found footage aesthetic, popularised in The ... More


4. Fear of the Dark: Witches, Women and the Woods

Peter Turner

in The Blair Witch Project

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733841
eISBN:
9781800342163
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733841.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explains that the The Blair Witch Project (1999) must be read as an old-fashioned but timeless ghost story in many ways. It is about people hunting for proof of the supernatural and at ... More


Introduction

Peter Turner

in The Blair Witch Project

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733841
eISBN:
9781800342163
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733841.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This introductory chapter provides an overview of The Blair Witch Project (1999). The Blair Witch Project, with its tiny budget and horror genre trappings, was the tenth biggest box office earner of ... More


The Blair Witch Project

Peter Turner

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733841
eISBN:
9781800342163
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733841.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Few films have had the influence and impact of The Blair Witch Project (1999). Its arrival was a horror cinema palette cleanser after a decade of serial killers and postmodern intertextuality, a bare ... More


The Witch’s Generic, Literary and Filmic Background

Brandon Grafius and Brandon Grafius

in The Witch

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781800348356
eISBN:
9781800850989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800348356.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

After a brief overview of theories of genre, the chapter argues that The Witch can best be understood as participating in the folk horror genre. While folk horror is most often associated with ... More


Lost and Hunted in Bad Woods: The Blair Witch Project ()

Mathias Clasen

in Why Horror Seduces

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780190666507
eISBN:
9780190666545
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190666507.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick’s The Blair Witch Project (1999) launched the horror subgenre of “found footage”—pseudodocumentary horror—into the mainstream. The film was marketed as a true story ... More


The Lasting Legacy of Cannibal Holocaust

Calum Waddell

in Cannibal Holocaust

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325116
eISBN:
9781800342583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325116.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter mentions how Ruggero Deodato'sCannibal Holocaust was speculated to have inspired the film The Blair Witch Project merely on account of its use of found footage. It talks about Eli Roth's ... More


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