It was a film that change Hollywood, scared millions, and even made some folks sick. The Blair Witch Project set in Burkittsville, Maryland much of it was filmed in Seneca Creek State Park on the border of Germantown and Gaithersburg.
On Sunday, Oct. 8 Seneca Creek State Park will host a Blair Witch Heritage Hike from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm to tour the shooting locations of this little film which turned Hollywood on its ear.
In October 1997, two young filmmakers began work on the Blair Witch Project in Seneca Creek State Park. The film was written, directed, and edited by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez. The film was made for just $60,000 and went on to make $248.6 million in the box office.
The movie created the “Found Footage Genre.” The plot was a group of filmmakers going out into the woods in search of the fictional legendary Blair Witch. The actors did much of the filming with store-bought hand held cameras. The shaky film made some movie goers ill.
Shot over just eight days with a 68-page script that called for chunks to be improvised, Blair Witch wowed critics with its grainy footage, realistic kids and unsettling finale. "I have seen the new face of movie horror," gushed Peter Travers in Rolling Stone. "And its name is The Blair Witch Project, a groundbreaker in fright that reinvents scary for the new millennium."
On Sunday you can join Ranger Ledbetter at the park to learn how this horror classic came to be filmed at Seneca Creek State Park. The hike is free, for more information check out the Seneca Creek State Park website.
Top: A publicity photo from the Blair Witch Project much of which was shot at Seneca Creek State Park.
Next: The movie poster from Blair Witch Project.
Photos courtesy Artisan Entertainment