The Blair Witch Project is the first movie I can recall in my life that was immensely popular and, as a result, became very popular to hate. The reasons were usually sort of samey: The camera shakes too much, it made the viewer feel nauseous, nothing happens, it’s boring, it’s this, it’s that, it’s whatever. Most of all, the people who hated it just didn’t think it was scary.
What people find scary is going to vary from person to person, so if The Blair Witch Project doesn’t do it for you, it’s not going to do it for you. But for those who enjoy the movie as much as I do, there’s a lot there for the viewer. It’s a real treat. It’s a real rarity in the world of films that it was such a huge, just phenomenal success at the box office and immediately became a piece of our pop culture fabric.