Pagans in the Media
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The Thoughts of the Pagan Community on Blair Witch - Page #6
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-- About 3/4 of the way through, my exact thoughts were, "Would someone just show up and kill them already?" Ok... so that is a little twisted, but the whole point of the mysterious presences in the woods was just over-killed and slow... nothing happened. -Good effort, but if you really want a scare, go out in your own woods and tell ghost stories.- Ziriya.
-- Love it or hate it -- get ready for more!! According to industry trade publications, the makers of the film have announced plans to make possibly four more films of the Blair Witch Project. Two will be "prequels". One will focus on the "serial killer" shown in the original. The other will actually deal with the "Blair Witch" herself (this MIGHT be interesting). The other two, said to be sequels, will deal with the aftermath of the first, although they're not giving much away yet, but one of the sequels is planned to be "really out there." Interesting tidbit: This little film was made for $60, 000, and has already grossed over $80 million in it's first two weekends of major release, and its web site's hits are off the charts. If nothing else, you have to admit, the promotion technique has been interesting. - Echo.
-- In my view this film was an insightful and delightfully unexpected work of psychological thrills and subtle fears. It was not a typical blood-and-guts horror piece but instead it was an example of actual creative exploration. I found it charming and inspired. I am saddened, however by the reaction of some so called "Witches" to this film, who seem to see BWP as some sort of media persecution. The truth is that so long as folks insist on using the magickal "W" word, dressing like refugees from the Rennaisance festival, and on spending all their money on tattoos, rather than making an effort to actually help people, this movement (Wicca ) will never be taken seriously, and thus we cannot complain when people make scary movies about spooky witches! Still in the long run, Wiccans ought to be grateful about the movie hype: after all now you are all trendy again! Nevertheless I do recommend this film...And remember folks -- it's just a movie! - Joanna.
-- Hey, only three mentions of witches in the whole movie ( if I counted right in between waves of motion sickness.) The teaser on Sci/Fi did more to cause fights in our little town than anything, but one of the television stations came out to our shop and did an interview asking what we REALLY do. Turned out nice. The movie needs a Warning Label take Dramamine!!!, I can also see this movie being used at colleges for psychology and sociology classes. The acting was very, very good...it is too sad that our society still wants to hang on to the old misconceptions about us so tightly that even after the truth on this movie came out...they still want to believe the movie. May the Lady and Lord protect us from the foolish. - Lady Arrianon.
-- If one thing is said about witchcraft that isn't truly "paganism today", then everyone gets their panties in a wad. Its not like "we" have exclusive rights to the word "witch". I just think that people need to stop and think about what they are being "offended" by before they go and start lawsuits. -Folklore(even if its "fictional") and children fairy tales are certainly not something to take offense at. - Jared.
-- While I did enjoy the Blair Witch Project's premise and unique method, I became severely motion sick trying to watch it, and had to leave the theater for a few minutes midway through, and couldn't actually look at the screen for more than a few seconds at a time after that. If I could change one thing about the movie, it would be this: the camcorder would be one of those steady-cam ones, and not be so shaky. - leareth black, .
-- I loved The Blair Witch Project! I'm still thinking about it. The format is spectacular and the end leaves you wondering. I'd suggest that fans of Hitchcock see the movie. As for the fuss that many in the Wiccan community might raise regarding the use of a Witch as the driving force behind the movie...I say, "Get over it. It's only a movie and if anything, it will have the same effect as The Craft -yes, I hear you groaning>-and cause some some people to research our faith." - angelburn.
-- I felt that the Blair Witch Project was a masterpiece. Having been a long follower of Wicca and Paganism, I believe that the bad reputation of witches came from the unknown. This movie illustrated "fear of the unknown" in a way that all people can relate to. Although this movie did not help with the changing of the bad reputation of witches, I feel for an overall movie it is a classic horror flick. I also believe that it has inspired the younger generation to research into the histories of small spirtual towns; even if it is for the thrill of cold fear. Congratulations to the people who put this film out, it was worth the rush. - MS183973.
-- I liked the film not only for the VERY different way in which it was made, but I also like the interesting ad campaign as well. The three students got exactly what they deserved! The subject was approached with absolutely no respect or belief. They treated the Legend as if it were JUST an old story, and never for one instant, did it occur to them that it might be true. Interestingly, an investigator watching those tapes would have to conclude that there was no evidence of anything other than inexperienced city folks blundering around out in the sticks till they died of hunger and exposure. There's nothing conclusive on the tapes. Interesting, interesting film! - JWoodw9620.
-- As a Wiccan who has been witness to many of the stereotypes against witchcraft, I basically knew that the story would be about some fictitious 'witch' that wreaks havoc. Although it is not clearly apparent, there is a definite hinting in the film that this dead 'witch' has something to do with it. Although I was personally mildly offended by the fact that a witch was accused of doing things in the movie like that (which a witch would never do), I must say that the movie itself was good. It won't win any cinematography awards any time soon, but I must say that the acting was near perfect, and the concept was very original. - Allan MacDougall.
-- I just wanted to mention that my coven and I went to see the Blair Witch Project last weekend. We were " sooooo " disappointed ". Because of the small camera's they used, it was a blur with all the movement, and all the movement gave us all headaches, almost like motion sickness. We left really feeling like it was a waste of money. - Morgaine.
-- My first impression of this movie was that it was the most ridiculous movie I had ever watched and was kicking myself for even going. Then as I discussed it with my daughter, we discovered it was thought provoking. What was really going on? I still would not recommend it as must see, but as a see when you can with someone you can discuss it with. - Dncer2.
-- I agree totally with what this person said..."This was a "believable" story-line. It almost made me wonder if it was all true and the government was just trying to cover up the truth. - Myrydyan" These days, you never know what to believe. Who knows what took place in 1940, true or lies, or even in 1994 with the three students. A friend suggested searching for missing people of Burkittsville in MD to prove it unreal. But who is to say not all is reported? So far, I do not have an opinion if it is real or not. I am more on the fictional side, as far as the story-line goes. Real or not, however, I found it to be a rather boring movie, bad and sudden ending, not scary at all... not what I expected. Perhaps if I wouldn't have expected it to be so frightening, I could have enjoyed it more! - WitchyStew.
-- It's not just this movie that ticks me off but all the Hollywood versions of paganism. I come from a very long line of Witches and I practice and stand by my faith. But it is sooooooo annoying to hear day in and day out..."Do you ride a broom?" or now with this movie " Are you going to murder me" All of these movies make us out to be green-faced broom riding killers that will either destroy you or make you fall in love with us with a spell. So now all these kids want to "join the fun" so that they can do the same thing. Why can't there be a movie that shows the people what we are really about, not all this crap the is shown everywhere else. - queen_mabb734.
-- I am studying the Wiccan religion and I must say that it is fairly new to me. From what I do know and believe, I can say that Blair Witch Project certainly fits into the basic 1800s stereotype of what a witch is supposed to be. I am afraid that unless someone holds an interest in researching the Craft, they too will believe this stereotype. It amazes me that so many people find Witchcraft and Majick interesting but are ignorant of its practices. I give it one thumb up for entertainment and one thumb down for everything else.- Hoytarm.
-- I really liked the film. It was really good when it got into it. It was pretty scary towards the end. I'm glad it was made. - Stelcom917.
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