When looking at the landscape of horror history, 1999's The Blair Witch Project is impossible to ignore.
These days, so much of what made The Blair Witch Project special may be viewed as commonplace and uninspired, but the impact of this movie completely and utterly changed the face of the horror genre upon its release. And like so many game-changing pictures, the fall-out of The Blair Witch Project had both a positive and a negative effect on the industry.
In terms of viral marketing and relaunching the found-footage side of the horror genre, The Blair Witch Project was a phenomenon. On the flip side of that, however, the film can also be held accountable for the slew of utter dross that was put out by copycats looking to mirror the success of The Blair Witch Project.
Now while you're likely well aware of the story showcased in The Blair Witch Project and of the media hype and frenzy that surrounded the picture in the subsequent years following its release, there's a whole host of behind-the-scenes facts and tales from the movie that you likely won't be too familiar with.
With that in mind, then, here are 20 things that you didn't know about this most influential of films.
20. The Stars Believed The Myth
Despite many at the time of the film’s initial release believing that The Blair Witch Project was actually a documentary, the feature was, of course, a movie with a designed narrative.
But while fans believed the hype about the movie and of this strange Blair Witch figure, it turns out that the film’s key trio of actors were also under the impression that the Blair Witch was a real legend.
Throughout the duration of filming, Heather, Mike and Josh all believed that there really was an urban myth about an eerie, sinister Blair Witch entity.
It was only after the movie wrapped did the feature’s stars find out that the whole concept of the Blair Witch was completely and utterly made up by the film’s writers and directors, Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez.