Happy 17th anniversary to The Blair Witch Project. The mother of all found-footage horror films was released this weekend in 1999. Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez’s shaky-cam tale about student filmmakers who disappear into the Maryland woods while investigating a local folkloric legend initiated a new era of viral marketing with convincing advertising and a movie that felt terrifyingly real. A sequel to the movie will be released this September.
Films like Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity series and the anthology series V/H/S are proof that the found-footage format has really taken off in the past decade. But we wanted to capture the uneasy feeling ‘90s audiences had when they first watched The Blair Witch Project with a look at some found-footage horror movies you might have missed.