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Old 12-06-2001, 03:20 PM   #16
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I have never before in my life heard so many people exiting a movie proclaiming how much it sucked I agree with them 100 percent this over hyped piece of shit boring movie sucks the big one
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Old 12-06-2001, 03:36 PM   #17
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But they stayed for the whole thing right? Most people walk out of a movie they hate that much. I remember my friend and I were the only ones left in Down To Earth, and no matter how bad a movie is I have never seen that happen before. Quite a few people walked out of Crash when I saw it, though it was hardly a secret what kind of movie that was... the rating alone should have clued people in.

Some people just don't want to invest their imagination in things anymore. And I think that TBWP is a horror film for those with vivid imaginations, a thinking-persons horror film, so to speak.
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Old 12-06-2001, 03:54 PM   #18
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Some people just don't want to invest their imagination in things anymore. And I think that TBWP is a horror film for those with vivid imaginations, a thinking-persons horror film, so to speak.
Hit the nail on the head...
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Old 12-06-2001, 07:00 PM   #19
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I think most people myself included stayed through the whole movie to see if anything would happen to justify all the hype And i do recall people leaving and i dont think it was just to take a piss
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Old 12-06-2001, 08:10 PM   #20
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The Blair Witch Project is a great example of the differences between the casual moviegoers and the movie lovers. The casual moviegoers just weren't ready for.......well......something different from the usual by-the-numbers, cookie-cutter movies spoon-fed to them on a Friday or Saturday night. I can recall all the casual moviegoers complaints about TBWP: "They didn't show the witch!" (WHO said there was a witch?) "Why couldn't they find their way out of the woods?" (Maybe supernatural tampering with the landscape...or a group lapse into self-defeatism.) "The ending was stupid! I didn't get it! Why was he standing there, facing the wall?" (Please train yourself to devote your full attention to the entire film.....and not tune out the opening with cell phone calls and goober breaks. )

I don't blame the modern casual moviegoers for their habits.....as they have only been trained to watch movies that way in the mind-numbing cycle of "Blockbuster" releases. Nowadays, the attention spans are so short, the level of interpretation so shallow, that the casual movie moviegoer doesn't really "tune-in" to what is going on in a movie UNTIL the first CGI effect or explosion occurs. And in a film like TBWP, here would be a typical "reaction-line" from the casual moviegoer:

"OK...They're getting ready to go in the woods, got it! (brain goes on cruise) "Why is the film quality so lackluster and the camera so shaky? OK....they are interviewing people....that's not scary....when will the witch show up? I wonder if the witch will look real enough. ...........They are in the woods......no witch yet...probably when it turns dark, then the witch will attack them......why is the camera so shaky?.....hmmmmmm........just noises? Where is the witch? Why don't they show the witch? The title is The Blair Witch Project right? So there must be a witch! I don't get it...just three campers bickering......WHERE is the witch? Maybe they couldn't afford to show a witch..(brain cruises through character development passages).......OK...one of the guys is missing...but they cheesed out and didn't show the witch get him....LAME! Why is she crying? Nothing happened! No witch yet...this is almost over..........they have to show the witch soon...........(brain cruises).....ohhhh...they found a witch house.....I bet the witch is in there waiting for them! Finally!! She is racing into the basement. Why is he standing like that? Where's the witch? (credits roll) That sucked!!"

Movie Lovers, on the other ticket, have been self-trained to go into each film with no expectations. Movie Lovers have been through many films and they have movie generalities swimming through their head too....but they have also learned to judge each film on its own merits in story-telling. A Movie Lover seems to have a longer attention span and a greater patience to see a film all the way through, reflect on the film's strengths and weaknesses, and THEN rate the effectiveness of the film.

I think a great example of the two classes of the movie-going public can be seen by reading the professional critics. There is no doubt that the Roger Eberts of the world (both the local and national reviewers) are Movie Lovers.....they have to be to sit through all those really bad films year in and year out (how those poor guys made it through the 80's with ALL those Police Academy movies and Friday the 13th clones is nothing short of incredible!) These professional critics usually agree, for the most part, with their peers....all Movie Lovers. It is where the movie-going public is usually divided (I believe it is about a 50/50 split....half Casual....half Movie Lovers). Whereas most critics agree that films like TBWP and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon are great, well-made films.....only half the public (also Movie Lovers) would agree. There are definitely two schools of thought when it comes to watching, evaluating, and appreciating movies.
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Old 12-06-2001, 08:42 PM   #21
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I've heard Blair Witch works really well on video, especially when viewed late at night.

Had I see CRASH in a theater, I probably would have walked out on it, and not because it was shocking or too much for me to handle, either. CRASH is probably one of the all-time biggest disappointments I've ever had from a film, especially from a director whose previous work I really enjoyed.
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Old 12-06-2001, 08:45 PM   #22
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Okay this is a follow up on my last post.

I bought the DVD at Best Buy for $5 in October and finally watched it with the commentary last nite. Throughout these guys laughing and telling how everything happened, I was STILL creeped out at the end.
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Old 12-06-2001, 11:18 PM   #23
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I grew up to the movies of the 60s and early 70s when filmakers were allowed to take chances Most of the greatest films of all time horror movies included came from this time A lot of these films were made with small budgets and were very original unlike most films today including the rip off BWP Ithink the porno version of it is a better and more original
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Old 12-06-2001, 11:42 PM   #24
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No offense to anyone that actually enjoyed the film, after all we all have different tastes, but I hated BWP. I hated it with a passion. I don't want to lie and go over the top but I saw more people walk out of this film than I did for any other. I remember a couple demanding a refund, they didn't get it. It had its merits, the ending was good... Well, that was it really. The sequel also was rather tame and boring, but I might have had the bitter after taste of the first still in my mouth. It tired to do something good but failed.

A perfect film to show people wanting to become filmmakers how not to do things. Ok, that was a tad over the top there but I stand by it.
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Old 12-07-2001, 12:15 AM   #25
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TBWP wasn't original? I thought it was inspired by a few sources.....but every project is inspired by another influence. As for the story itself (not to mention the clever marketing tie-ins...including the multimedia and folklore), I found the Blair Witch Project to be very original and refreshing in its approach and storyline.

BTW: As for people that ask for their money back because they don't like a movie............are they for real? That would be like asking for a refund for a book because you didn't enjoy it.......or returning a cd to the music store because it wasn't up to your liking....That is just ridiculous! I could never imagine the nerve of doing something of that nature. Besides, the movie theater is just providing a means to you, the patron, to see the movie YOU selected. I could write a book (or two) on how ludicrous the principle of asking for a refund on a movie is, but I am still beside myself with the "Napster Freaks" whom feel that it is their right to take whatever music they want.....free of charge.....(no wonder the term "starving artist" came about)
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Old 12-07-2001, 01:48 AM   #26
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People can say that Blair Witch is bad filmmaking, and all that nonsense all they want. The fact remains that just because somebody thinks that does not make it true. In Blair Witch's case, it is FAR from being even remotely true in my opinion! Blair Witch works perfectly for me, and is a masterpiece in the horror genre. A damn spoof porn film better than Blair Witch?! Give me a damn break! The Blair Witch Project lived up to all of its hype for me. Enough said!!
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Old 12-07-2001, 06:02 AM   #27
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You know, a real good friend of mine does video production. When he saw BWP, his exact words were, "I hated it. It looks like something I could have done with my video camera!"

Now, I loved the movie, for the EXACT SAME REASON! Instead of watching cute actresses with clever dialogue get chases, I felt like I was watching friends of mine. Ugly people, limited vocabulary, etc.

And this to me is why Blair Witch Project is such a love/hate movie. I mean, my friend got the exact same impression I did from it. To me, that made it scary as hell, to him, it's a cheap knock-off.

Some people like it, some people don't, and you'll never get people of one school of thought to change to the other.
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Old 12-07-2001, 08:43 AM   #28
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I liked it, it was a breath of fresh air and a very eiree and frightening movie...so there
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Old 12-07-2001, 11:36 PM   #29
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Old 12-09-2001, 04:07 PM   #30
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Well I had a tape of BWP before the all hype but I was ready to be spooked. It certainly did the job, It actually gave me nightmares and I regard it as a horror classic. However the sequel, if you can call it such, is piss poor and should never have been produced.
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