Debuting in 1999, The Blair Witch Project is credited with changing Hollywood. Not only did the movie usher in a new genre of horror film in the “found footage” fright fest, but it also shifted the economies of scale in Tinsel town. Made completely independently for a budget of just $60,000, and starring a cast of complete unknowns, the picture went on to gross just under $250 million worldwide at the box office. It has since made a lot more on video, television, and merchandise deals. Basically, The Blair Witch Project showed movie studio executives that a cool premise alone could carry a movie to box office success, and that big stars and big budgets were not a guarantee of box office returns. Now though, the Blair Witch itself has gone a bit Hollywood with the 2016 release of a sequel titled simply Blair Witch, that had a production budget of $5 million and has (to-date) grossed just over $10 million in North American theaters. With the Blair Witch back, we look at 10 secrets of the movies that most people are unaware of.
10. The First Movie Was Filmed in Eight Days
True to its independent street cred, The Blair Witch Project was filmed in just over one week – eight days to be precise. Given the lack of budget, films directors Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez opted to spend what little money they had editing the movie and in post- production. As a result, the movie was shot incredibly quickly over a few very long days. Of course, most of the filming occurred at night time and in real rain, leaving everyone involved wet and grumpy. It was true gorilla filmmaking and nobody knew for sure at the time if the approach would work. Plans were made to do some additional filming towards the end of post-production work on the movie, but, by that point, the money was completely gone. So plans for additional shots and a few reshoots had to be scrapped.