Episode 51, October 27, 2017: The Blair Witch Project

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We talk about our best and worst Christmas gifts, just in time for Halloween. We also talk about the documentary that changed how people think about standing in the corner, The Blair Witch Project.

Warning: Spoilers, adult humor, and harsh language ahead. Listen at your own risk.

Show Notes:

2DudeReview - Episode 51: The Blair Witch Project

I. Introduction
- Discuss site, Twitter, etc.

II. Our bet

III. Tidbits/Things to Discuss

- Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez came up with the concept in college because they found documentary horror scarier than traditional horror movies.
- The lore for the film were inspired by 16th century mystic Elly Kedward and fictional 1940s child-murderer Rustin Parr.
- Among several documentary style horror movies, they all cited influences in The Shining, Alien, The Omen and Jaws. Jaws because the witch was hidden from the audience the whole film.
- The script began as a 35-page outline with all dialogue being improved.
- Most of the film was filmed in Seneca Creek State Park in Maryland with a few scenes shot in Burkittsville.
- Producer Gregg Hale based things on military training where a trainee would be avoided enemy soldiers in wild terrain for three days. The actors were forced to move a lot during the day, harrassed at night, and deprived of food.
- They had twenty hours of footage that they needed to edit down to two-and-a-half hours. The process took eight months.
- The distribution company wanted a different ending so they filmed four alternatives. In the end they stayed with the original.
- This was the first marketing platform that used the Internet. Fake police report and fake new footage brought on debates over whether the movie was real or fake.

IV. How rotten is The Blair Witch Project. The Blair Witch Project was given an % by Rotten Tomatoes. Do the following films fall higher or lower than %?

V. Mention next film, plus reiterate the Web site and social media feeds

VI. Final Grade of A-F

Chad's Grade: B+
Brian's Grade: B+
Karina's Grade: B+