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15 Awesome Facts About the Original Blair Witch Project

Updated March 31, 2021 1.9m views15 items

Some crazy stuff happened behind the scenes during the making of The Blair Witch Project. The hit film, which made "found footage" mainstream, was created in a way that no big-budget movie could accomplish. Saying the acting style was "method" is an understatement. The cast was thrown into the woods and terrorized for days on end in order to create the realistic aspects of the film. Half-starved and sleep-deprived, they gave great performances to drive the film. Fans might remember a few of these tidbits, but for those of you who are new to the film, some of these facts about how The Blair Witch Project was filmed might surprise you.

Still, there's plenty of Blair Witch Project trivia that even the biggest fans might have missed, like the fact that Heather Donohue and Joshua Leonard had a tense relationship in real life - their fighting got so bad the directors decided to pull Josh out first instead of Mike, as was initially planned. Read on for more Blair Witch Project behind the scenes stories.

  • The Actors Survived On Power Bars And Bananas

    According to the cast, supplies ran out quickly during the speedy shoot. As production neared completion, Donahue said she "ate nothing but bananas and Power Bars," while Williams decided not to eat at all.

  • The Audition Was Pure Improvisation

    During the audition, the directors asked, "You've been in jail for the last nine years. We're the parole board. Why should we let you go?" Anyone who paused for too long or stumbled was ruled out.

  • The Actors Learned The Plot As They Went

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    Far from memorizing a script beforehand, the actors and actress learned the plot as filming went along. They would go to a location and not know which people were plants and which were normal people. They had to stay in character, and when they found the plants, they would direct them to the next location. The film crew would lead them around the woods using GPS to places where they would find their instructions.

  • Those Were Real Teeth In That Bundle Of Sticks

    During one scene in the movie, Heather finds a bundle of sticks. Production designer Ben Rock encouraged her to look inside. She did - and found a bunch of human teeth and hair. Both were real. The teeth were from Sanchez's dentist; the hair was from Leonard.