Stephen King is the Master of Horror, and after all the horror stories he’s written over the year, you’d think that there isn’t a horror movie that’s been made that would scare him. Well, there is one movie that he started watching that he was too scared to end it. That movie is The Blair Witch Project.
Eli Roth interviewed on Shudder, King said:
“The first time I saw [The Blair Witch Project], I was in the hospital and I was doped up. My son brought a VHS tape of it and he said, ‘You gotta watch this.’ Halfway through it I said, ‘Turn it off it’s too freaky.’“
King previously shared his love for The Blair Witch Project in a 2010 reissue of his non-fiction book Danse Macabre. Here he explains why the film was so scary for him:
“One thing about Blair Witch: the damn thing looks real. Another thing about Blair Witch: the damn thing feels real. And because it does, it’s like the worst nightmare you ever had, the one you woke from gasping and crying with relief because you thought you were buried alive and it turned out the cat jumped up on your bed and went to sleep on your chest.”
The Blair Witch Project was a really terrifying movie when I first saw it in the theater and yes the film gave me the chills and it scared the hell out of me!
The found-footage movie tells the story of three film students (Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams) who travel to a small town to collect documentary footage about a legendary local killer. Over the course of many days, the students interview townspeople and find clues to support the tale’s veracity. But the plan takes a frightening turn when the students forget their way in the woods and start hearing horrific cries.