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16 Mind Blowing Facts About the Blair Witch Project Guaranteed to Intrigue and Creep You Out

16 Mind Blowing Facts About the Blair Witch Project Guaranteed to Intrigue and Creep You Out

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The Blaire Witch Project was a 1999 thriller movie that became a cultural phenomenon. Over the years the film has thrilled and chilled, been mocked and mimicked, inspired other aspiring filmmakers, and spawned a couple sequels but the fascinating history behind the movie really sets it apart. The movie is considered one of the most successful independent films of all time largely because it's budget of a mere $25k ended up grossing over $248 million worldwide. While an entire generation managed to enjoy the movie there are some startling facts about its creation that just beg for your time and attention. Prepare to be amazed.

1. Expensive Music

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The most expensive scene of the entire film was when the three characters sat around the campfire and Heather recited the lyrics to the popular 60’s television show Gilligan’s Island. Eventually, the production team actually had to purchase the rights to the song in order to keep the scene in the completed and released movie.

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2. Dedication

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One of the most fascinating things about the cast and crew was that the actors stayed in character throughout the entire production. For the most part, the actors only interacted with each other and the production team simply sent notes back and forth directing them where to go next. However, because of the intensity of the filming the actors had a safe word for when they needed a break. That word was taco.

3. What they would do for a reaction!

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The production team was in charge of providing a lot for the movie. It was their job to provide props and garnish reactions from the actors. In one scene, while running, Heather Donahue’s character yells ‘what the fuck is that?’ at something off camera. It was the film's art director Ricardo Moreno dressed in white long-johns and white stockings with white pantyhose pulled over his head, running alongside them.

4. The entire film’s dialogue was improvised

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Directors Dan Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez really wrote more of an outline than a script, if anything. The "script" was a mere 35 pages and only described scenes. It contained literally no dialogue. Later, the directors commented that they, "didn’t want to put any limitations on their actors."