Behind the Scenes on 'The Blair Witch Project'

Synopsis: A look behind-the-scenes of the making of the runaway hit, The Blair Witch Project.
60 min


In October of 1994,

three student filmmakers. . .

. . .disappeared in the woods near

Burkittsville, Maryland, . . .

. . .while shooting a documentary.

A year later

their footage was found.

-It's already recording. . .


This is my home. . .

-You look blurry. I'll zoom out.


Good morning.

-Got it?

-Okay, I got it.

This is my home, . . .

. . .which I am leaving for the weekend. . .

. . .to investigate the Blair Witch.

Essential reading: "How to Stay

Alive in the Woods", . . .

. . .'cause you never know what's

gonna happen.

And this is an important book. . .

. . . because it has the article about what

happened at Coffin Rock.

It looks pretty old. . .

It's totally old.

And this is my field notebook.

It's Mr. Punctuality.

How are you this morning?


So I got the CP up.


That's what we're shooting on.

No one knows I took it,

but I got it.

Come into the house. Come on.

I can see you.

We're not gonna bump into sh*t,

I'm going backwards now.

We mustn't f*** up the cameras.

So where's Mikey?

-We have to go get him.


At 8:


We're already behind schedule, but

it's important to have juice.

That's cool.

I guess you're Mike!

Wait. Stop.

Don't we get to meet your Mama?

See you later, Mom !

How are you, Mike?

I'm tired but I'm fine.

I'm real excited about this.

Thank you for the opportunity.

I'm very glad. Thanks for

getting the equipment together.

We've got enough

battery power to. . .

. .fuel a small country for a month.

We've got rice, fruit punch. . .

Oatmeal Raisin, baby.

The ultimate campfood.

Feel how soft.

-Marshmallows. . .

-Hey, you weasel. Out of my cart!

Do you believe in ghosts?

Ever heard of the Blair Witch?

Sounds familiar.

My sister went to Blair High School.

The woods around Halloween

are creepy.

-Can you tell me a little more?

-I don't wanna go cheesy.

I want to present

this straightforward.

The legend is unsettling.

Wanna get the. . .

. . .ceremonial first slate?


The first slate for our

first shot.

Should we get our fingers open

and bleed on it?

A little blood-letting?

No, we'll save that for later.

Kiss the slate.

It's the first slate.

Marked by my lipstick.

Mikey, kiss it, good luck.

-There we go.

-Oh, he licked it. Bless him.

Don't eat it. We're gonna need it.

This is Burkittsville,

formerly Blair.

A small quiet Maryland town.

Like a small, quiet town anywhere.

Some 20 families laid roots here

over 200 years ago.

Many remain, either on this hill. . .

. . .or in the town below.

An unusually high number of

children are buried here. . .

. . . most of whom passed

in the 1 940's.

Yet no one here recalls anything

unusual about this time, . . .

. . . not to us, anyway.

Yet legend tells

A different story, . . .

. . .whose evidence is all around us.

Etched in stone.

We have shot the first scene,

the cemetery scene.

The opening is shot.

We're doing a documentary

about the Blair Witch.

-Have you heard of the Witch?

-That's an old, old story.

As I remember, . . .

. . . Mr. Parr was an old hermit, . . .

. . .and he lived up on a mountain.

He'd been there, . . .

. . . for a long, long, time.

-You heard of the Blair Witch?

-Several times.

What was the first incident?

I've heard stories about it

from people and neighbors,

I also saw a documentary on the

television. . .

. . .about her and legends

of Maryland, . . .

. . . my grandmother told us the story

to make us go to bed early.

They say if you stay up after dark

or walk around the house. . .

. . .the Blair witch will get you.

In the fall or winter of 1 940, . . .

. . .some young kids

started disappearing.

Nobody knew. . .

. . .why they were disappearing.

-A kind of an omen, isn't it?

-The creepiest story about her. . .

. . .was that two men out hunting. . .

. . .camped near the cabin

she's supposed to haunt. . .

No. No.

. . .and they just disappeared


I'm just telling a scary story,

but it's not true.

It's not true.

One day, old Mr. Parr

came into the market. . .

. . .and said "l'm finally finished".

And what did he mean by that?

Nobody knew at first. . .

But the police finally. . .

went up the mountain. . .

. . .and found the bodies of seven

kids in his house.

He would take the kids down

to the basement in twos. . .

. . .and he'd make one

face the corner. . .

. . .and he'd kill the other one. . .

. . .then he'd kill the one in

the corner too.

Those were the seven kids

that were missing

They brought the kids out of

the woods one at a time. . .

. . .it was terrible, it upset

the whole community.

He said he couldn't take

the eyes watching him. . .

. . .that's why he made them

face the corner like that.

All my life I've believed. . .

. . .in witches and ghosts and

that kind of stuff

Do you believe there are some

in this area?

Oh, definitely.

-Do you believe in witchcraft?


-Are you religious?



Creepy stuff, but I think

something's happening with her.

And do you think she could

still be up there now?

-I don't go up there.

-You don't?

I believe enough not to go.

They say the woods are haunted

and stuff like that.

What? How are they haunted?

Well there's not many people

who say that it's haunted. . .

. . . but there was this old woman,

Mary Brown, who. . .

Mary Brown?

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