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The Thoughts of the Pagan Community on Blair Witch - Page #5

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-- Seems to me these filmakers are just jumping on the Wiccan bandwagon of the time.The 'hook' to get people in is the usual Witch=Horror stereotype which in itself is offensive. I saw a lengthy commercial for it and it was easy to see it is fake, however, the masses are mostly feeble-minded and coupled with all the anti-witch religions, will unfortunately believe it is real. And I repeat, Is there a point to this movie anyway? - Nova.

-- This has brought a kind of hysteria to me that I have never felt before, and what makes it so unbelievably scary for me is that I believe in this stuff.I just know that my little ass is still scared sh**less because I can't turn off the lights in the dark, I jump at every noise I hear, i'm constantly looking around me, and there definitely will never be any camping trips for me. HELP ME!!! - Smurfette.

-- Now, I am usually terrible at scary movies anyways. I'm the classic screeching and pop-corn flying person! I actually went to see it twice. The second time (I saw it with a guy that it was his second time also) was strangely creepier than the first. I have never seen such a movie that absolutely screws up your brain, and psychologically twists your perception of reality, as this movie does. I applaud the directors and actors and anyone who worked on this film. This is not only an instant classic, but the most profound psychological twister I have ever seen; and probably will ever see. - Anna.

-- it was without a doubt the scareist movie i have ever seen. i have seen in twice and it is just as scary the second time. the image of mike standing in the corner at the end just freaks me out. i hadn't read how they made the movie until your article--- very interesting no wonder it looked so real thanks - kisobel.

-- The hand held camera format made for a jumpy unfocused film that was difficult to watch. I left feeling a little car sick. The plot never really developed. A mystery is alluded to, but not really explored. By the time the last scene is shot I was impatient for the movie to be done. No real suspense. As for the witchcraft in the movie - it's the negative black magic that fits the old legends. Not much positive or healing. The role of this witch in the community isn't explored - in fact it seems she avoids the community except to hurt. Not a good film for many reasons. - Spotted.

-- I thought the film was excellent. It doesn't really make Wicca seem bad. The "Blair Witch" in the movie came across to me as just some psycho living in the woods. It didn't seem to me as if the word "witch" in "Blair Witch" was meant to refer to Wicca or to degrade the religion in any way. - Taylor.

-- Not knowing the movie was a total work of fiction made the movie worth seeing. Had I known this I would not have been so eager to see it. The movie was ok and did not offend me as a Witch. After seeing the movie, we were ready to drive down to Burkittsville, instead we drove to Borders to get more info on the Blair Witch legend. We couldn't find any so we looked in the magazine section for info. That's when we found out it was a work of fiction. What a disappointment! Other people who went knowing it wasn't true said it ruined it for them. I don't think it will be especially harmful to our image, as horror movies have been around for years. And that's exactly what this movie is just another horror movie without large amounts of blood and gore. - Summerbrz2.

-- I thought that the movie was true. I am a 14- year- old witch. I thought that there was a presence haunting the woods and did kill Heather, Josh and, Mike, BUT the ghost that did haunt was NOT a witch. We would never do anything like that. I thought that the movie was good and that the ghost had a grudge against children for turning her in. Even before the movie I researched it and I have kept the same conclusion, A ghost does haunt the woods, but it isn't a Witch. - Kickboxa14.

-- As a long time Horror Movie fan and Witch, I have to admit I have very mixed feelings regarding The Blair Witch Project. On one hand the two gentlemen that made the film deserve alot of praise. It was realistic to the point of disturbing. A chilling, orginal work. The stick man logo is referred to as a poppet on the website. (It does look alot like the little WickerMan I made for a ritual last summer) I left the theater with a sick feeling in my stomach. I'm afraid we are in for some negative publicity here folks. A positive influx of young women to our path resulted from "The Craft". I can not imagine anything positive coming from this film. I hope I'm wrong. - Romona Dolan.

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