YMMV: The Blair Witch Project

  • Epileptic Trees: Fans have gone on for pages and pages debating what is attacking the main characters in the movie.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The child-like giggling noises in the woods.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: At one point, Heather asks "Where's the weed?" When her actress, Heather Donahue, dropped out of acting, she got work as a legal grower of medicinal marijuana.
  • Hype Backlash: Although by most standards it is a very good movie, people expecting to be given heart attacks on the spot might be disappointed if they've heard too much about it.
  • Love It or Hate It: In spite of good reviews and having its fans, some didn't like the movie upon its release. In fact, the first film was nominated for Worst Picture by the Golden Raspberry Awards and Heather Donahue even won for Worst Actress.
  • Narm:
    • Heather's apology is a chilling scene, but the booger hanging off of her nose has taken more than a few people out of it. Scary Movie parodied it by having a geyser of snot pouring out of Cheri Oteri's nose during its take on the scene.
    • From the second film:
      • "Yes, Erica, they're my tapes!"
      • "I swear to Christ!"
  • Paranoia Fuel: Try going to the woods after watching this movie and not feeling like something's watching you...
  • Rewatch Bonus: A lot if you check out the tie-in materials and backstory. If you know a certain aspect of the Rustin Parr story, (that he marked the graves of the people he killed with piles of stones), then you'll discover that the characters were doomed from the start.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: In these days of dime-a-dozen "found footage" horror movies, it can be pretty hard to remember just how innovative the gimmick was in 1999.
  • Sequelitis: While the first film is divisive, the sequel has very few defenders. Rotten Tomatoes gives the first movie a 85% Fresh rating and the second movie a 13% Rotten rating, while their IMDb scores are, respectively, 6.4 and 4.0.
  • Signature Scene: The apology scene, quoted atop the work page, in which the camera focuses on half of Heather's face as she stammers through an apology, alone and scared out of her mind.
  • Special Effect Failure: A special variant of this occurs in the 'extra found footage' sometimes called a deleted scene. It's supposedly part of the documentary footage, but it's much clearer than the film in the original footage, and the actors really don't look like they've been under the same physical circumstances they were in during the making of the film proper.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: There were three Blair Witch games made using the Nocturne engine, with the first one tying into that game as well. The general consensus is that the first game is good, the second lousy and the third is all right.
  • Values Resonance: The intended message of the sequel was lost under Executive Meddling, but director Joe Berlinger intended it as a film about viewers' relationship with horror movies and the line between reality and fiction. Following the Slender Man murders...