The Blair Witch Project is another supernatural entry to the ’90s horror list, but this one is in the found-footage style. The storyline focuses on three film students who vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind to tell the story. Fun fact: the hired cast were relatively unknown actors at the time so marketing efforts were able to be ramped up. It turns out that Artisan had obituaries published for the very-much-alive actors, meaning that prospective audiences started to believe they were going to see a real horror documentary about a group of teens who were really classed as missing or dead.
Part of a franchise? Oh yes, The Blair Witch launched a media franchise of sequels, novels, comic books, and video games.
Good or so bad it’s good? A great and fear-inducing watch.
Runtime: 1 hour 21 minutes
Why you should watch it: The Blair Witch’s found-footage technique focused on the main characters and their experiences, which meant that audiences were left to their imaginations to picture their own reasons for the glimpses of creepy woodland seen on screen. This proved that it’s not always blood and guts which could produce the most spine-chilling moments, and let’s not forget about Heather’s apology scene which made the whole thing seem very real.