Every so often, a film comes out that greatly divides audience opinion as to whether it was any good or not, and this is certainly one of those films. Filmed on shaky hand held camera's, by 3 people playing student film-makers, the movie makes a brief mention about the fate that is about to befall them, and then the rest of the picture is made up ENTIRELY of the footage made by the supposedly missing students.
The footage shows them doing a few introductions of themselves on their camera's, thereby giving us the only background about them we're going to get. Before heading off into the woods to make a film for their college project about a local legend known as the "Blair Witch" who supposedly haunts the area near their home town of Burkittsville, Maryland.
Anyway, they're subsequently terrorised by something unseen, as strange noises can be heard at night, little stick figures are found strewn all over the woods, strange rock formations appear in their camp overnight, and then one by one they start going missing.
Again, this is one of those films that you will either love or hate. Whilst there were a few creepy moments in it, I felt that there was far too much time spent watching them aimlessly wander round the woods and arguing profanely at each other about getting lost (reminded me far too much of my last camping trip to the Lake District), and not enough time spent getting on with the actual plot. I will admit that it did pass an hour and a half quite well, but it did not live up to all the media hype.
Love it or hate it though, there was no disputing the films success, which broke box office records in both the US and UK, and proved to be the most successful horror film of 1999. I would suggest you watch it and decide for yourselves!