By now, it’s clear to horror fans that The Blair Witch Project is a work of fiction. The film follows three students as they stumble into the woods near Burkittsville, MD, in search of the Blair Witch, and go missing one by one. At this point, its "found footage" technique is something that’s been copied by myriad films. However, while many of its imitators feel dated, The Blair Witch Project retains its intensity. That’s because the filmmakers created a whole legend around it.
The Blair Witch Project backstory is made up of a hodgepodge of different pieces of folklore from America and Europe, as well as strange stories from the 19th and early 20th centuries that have only been tweaked a little. The backstory of The Blair Witch Project may not be true, but it feels real enough to continue giving audiences the chills.