Here Are 13 Facts About 'The Blair Witch Project' That Will Leave You Terrified
Heather Donahue's mom actually received hundreds of sympathy cards from people who believed that her daughter was actually dead or missing!
#12 The actors were kinda cheated on
The three leads believed that the Blair Witch was a real legend while they were filming but they knew the film was going to be fake. Only after the movie was released did they find out that the entire mythology was made up the film's creators.
#11 Getting lost
The directors kept in touch with Heather, Michael C. Williams and Joshua Leonard with walkie-talkies to make sure they didn't get lost while roaming around in the forest. Apparently, they still got lost at least three times!
One of the video cameras used by the actors was bought at Circuit City. After filming finished, the producers went back and returned the camera for a full refund! That made their budget money go even further!
#9 The actors were tortured
The actors were actually tortured on set because they were forced to eat less and less by the producers. The producers wanted tension and drama between the actors so he made sure they were hungry.
#8 No acting
The reactions from Heather, Mike and Josh about when they discover they walked all day and ended up in the same spot are real. They were genuinely upset that they walked all day for nothing!
The actors had a code word for when they wanted to speak out of character. If they wanted a break, they would say "taco."
#6 The director was a beast.
Remember the scene where they're sleeping in a tent and the tent suddenly shakes and they're all scared? Their reactions were genuine because it was unscripted. It was the director who shook the tent!
#5 There was a plot inside the plot
The directors told the actors to go interview the townspeople. Except, they had no idea that the townspeople were planted by the directors! So the expressions on the actors' faces were completely unrehearsed!
#4 The last scene was the hardest
Heather said that the final scene was so terrifying that she kept hyperventilating and crying long after the scene was filmed.
I get scared just thinking about that scene. I can't imagine what it was like for her to really be there filming it!
#3 Real as it can get
The teeth found by Heather near the end that's supposed to be Josh's teeth were real. The director got them from his dentist! And the hair? It was real too! It came from Josh!
#2 Scare tatics
The actors played dead IRL! To promote the movie, the actors were listed as "missing, presumed dead" on IMDb.
#1 8 Days of shooting
It only took eight days to shoot the whole movie! And they shot 19 hours of footage but it was all edited down to 90 minutes.
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