the blair witch project

Uncovering Curiosities: Adam Wingard’s BLAIR WITCH

When a movie becomes a huge success, Hollywood often likes to try and replicate that success by making a sequel. Sometimes that can launch a whole franchise and sometimes it can have an impact on the legacy of the original film. Horror cinema was [...]

October 10, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: M. Night Shyamalan’s THE VISIT

M.Night Shyamalan’s The Visit was a film which saw the director beginning to refind his groove. It doesn’t deliver on the mastery he showed with The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs and The Village. That was a fantastic run of features and [...]

July 23, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: Bobcat Goldthwait’s WILLOW CREEK

Movies In Focus has a strong dislike for found footage horror movies. The sub-genre is a cheap and easy way for directors with small budgets (and no talent) to make films. It’s often used as a way to cover-up gaping plot holes and a poor [...]

October 25, 2020

Uncovering Curiosities: Jeremy Lovering’s IN FEAR

A young couple get lost in the Irish countryside while attempting to find their ‘slice of paradise’ hotel. Their trip then descends into a nightmare as they’re stalked by persons unknown for no apparent reason. That’s the set-up for In Fear, [...]

August 19, 2020

Remembering THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT & How It Changed Cinema

Horror cinema was taken to a whole new sphere in 1999 when The Blair Witch Project came out of nowhere and singlehandedly ushered in the ‘found footage’ sub-genre. Blair Witch is a film which helped to change film marketing forever. It showed [...]

June 11, 2020

Throwback Short Film: TEDDY BEARS PICNIC

Thomas Hodge’s Teddy Bears Picnic is a creepy little short about a mother and daughter playing in the woods. Running a little over 5 minutes, this 2017 film has hints of Don’t Look Now and The Blair Witch Project, but Hodge’s film [...]

May 10, 2020

20 Years Later: 1999 Was One Of The Greatest Film Years Ever!

Sometimes the stars just align and greatness arrives all at once. Maybe it was because a lot of great filmmakers hit their stride (David Fincher, M.Night Shymalan, Spike Jonze etc) or just pre-millennium fear, but 1999 saw a lot of great movies land [...]

January 3, 2019

DVD Review: BLAIR WITCH Goes Back Into The Woods

Horror cinema was taken to a whole new sphere in 1999 when The Blair Witch Project came out of nowhere and singlehandedly ushered in the ‘found footage’ sub-genre. Many believed Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez’s low budget fright pic was [...]

January 29, 2017

DVD Review: Found Footage Horror THE TUNNEL

Found Footage movies are now ten a penny (probably even more than that – or less, depending how you roll). They’re a cheap way of making a movie, and the success of The Blair Witch Project in 1999, showed that they can also be very [...]

August 9, 2012

1999: A Movie Year In Review (Part One)

Many films come out every year with critics and fans alike, compiling lists of their bests and worsts. There are also many films that fall between the cracks, only to be discovered years later. Many critics believe that one of the best years in [...]

May 14, 2012

DVD Review: Norwegian Monster Movie TROLL HUNTER

“Found Footage” movies have become ten a penny since The Blair Witch Project hit it big at the box office in 1999. However, since then the horror sub-genre has hit upon hard times, with films like Apollo 18 and The Devil Inside showing [...]

March 18, 2012