In Case You Missed It: Before Blair Witch

In case you missed it, The Blair Witch Project wasn’t as original as most people think.

It was essentially a combination of two superior films.

Want to know more?

The Grandpa of Blair Witch had to be Cannibal Holocaust.

Released in 1980, the film followed an Italian film crew into the Amazon where they quickly disappear. Later, their footage was found, and contains their last moments alive, being consumed by a local tribe they had terrorized in an attempt to get a better story for their documentary.

Sound familiar?

The film was banned in the U.S. until recently, and was incredibly difficult to find. It includes scenes of REAL animal cruelty, and brutally effective special effects. So effective that the Italian government held the filmmakers on murder charges because they believed the actors had actually been killed. Definitely not for the faint of heart. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend this film to anyone but the most hardened gore fan.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: A crew goes into the woods to shoot some video surrounding a local myth. They wind up dead, and their footage is later discovered. Very similar in story to Blair Witch, The Last Broadcast is much more effective, taking a more ‘documentary’ stance rather then Blair’s ‘raw footage’ approach. Released a year before Blair Witch went into production, it’s obvious that it had an impact on BWP’s crew. Shot on an even LOWER budget than Blair Witch, The Last Broadcast is an amazing accomplishment, and a superior film.

Check ’em out.


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