Wednesday, 10 April 2013

How "The Blair Witch Project" Saved My Love For Horror

"The Blair Witch Project", a film that divides Horror fans. For me it was a saving grace and I'll tell you why and how.

Believe it or not, there was once a time where I lost interest in the Horror genre. For me it became boring, stale and un-interesting, eventually my interest shifted on to different things such as music and gaming.

I did still watch the odd Horror film but only the classics that I knew I'd enjoy but as much as I'd enjoy them at the time it never set off a spark or anything that would make me want more. This went on for a few years and eventually I just stopped watching Horror films all together.

One day I was walking down the street and saw a missing poster with 3 people on it, that same night I saw an advertisement featuring the same 3 people. It peaked my interest but not enough to know more about it, I went on with my life of gaming, concerts and going to rock bars. I would hear people talk about the film and hear the usual things like "It's the scariest thing I've ever seen" and the like. For some reason it never grabbed me and I'd dismiss it as I'd heard things like this with a-lot of other films that turned out to be nothing special at all.

I became the person that 'used to like Horror films'. my parents used to say it was a phase and I believed it, it had been so long since I last watched a Horror film that I couldn't even remember the last one I watched. Throughout all this time, I did feel as if something was missing but I just couldn't figure out what it was. I was a point in my life where many things were changing and just put it down to that.

After coming home drunk from a night out I was wide awake and hungry, I ordered myself a pizza and decided to see what was on TV. I saw that "The Blair Witch Project" was just about to come on and seeing as there was nothing else to watch at 2 A.M. I decided I'd watch it, I even switched the lights off like I used to do when watching a Horror film and settled down to watch what all the fuss was about.

For the next 80 minutes I was fixed to the screen, I even noticed that my body was tensing up, I was that engrossed in the film that I had only eaten 2 slices of my pizza and not even touched my can of Dr. Pepper. When the film finished I was still sat there, body still tensed up and my mind racing. I never slept that night as the adrenaline pumped round my body and my mind wondering what was lurking in the dark, I remember smiling as it had been so long since I had that feeling and it was then I knew that I had been missing my Horror films.

Ever since that fateful night I've never looked back, I immediately delved back into the genre and found what I'd been missing. I found my love for the genre and embraced it like a long lost sibling. Sometimes when I get overwhelmed with the amount of bad Horror films, remakes and such, I put this film on and relive that fateful night that brought me back to the dark-side.

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