In 1999, The Blair Witch Project was a huge movie. On a microscopic budget, it made almost $250 million worldwide and was the 10th highest grossing domestic movie of the year. However, in the almost 20 years that have elapsed since the movie came out, something odd has happened. At some point, it seems like everybody decided that The Blair Witch Project was a bad movie. Everybody is wrong.

While there may be an argument to be made that the film hasn't aged very well, there's really no argument against the opinion that, in its moment, The Blair Witch Project was actually an amazing film. Here are just a few of the reasons why.

It Introduced Found Footage To Millions Of Moviegoers

To be clear, The Blair Witch Project didn't invent the found footage genre. However, all previous uses of the technique were smaller, independent films that your average movie theater patron doesn't see. For millions, this was the first time they had seen a movie that purported to be first person perspective footage of an actual event. Blair Witch simply didn't look like anything they had ever seen before. This was the thing that made the movie so unique for most viewers, and had people talking at watercoolers for weeks, or months, afterward.

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