The Blair Witch Project (*** ½) – When I think back on the scariest movies I’ve ever seen and I’m talking about the ones that truly had me terrified during the film’s running time and then trickled out into the time after leaving the theater or watching the video, I know I will think of The Blair Witch Project.Here is the movie that the remake of The Haunting could only hope to be. That being said, I was not only filled with a sense of terror in the theater but also a sense of despair – not only for the characters in the documentary but also a general sense of despair for the audience I was watching it with, an audience filled with people who seemed to grow more and more restless either waiting for a big special effects moment or for the terror to reveal itself wearing some sort of mask. I grew irritated listening to my theater neighbors loudly whisper – “This is so boring” or some jackass shouting out during a quiet tense moment – “OH MY GOD!!!” like he was Val Kilmer in Real Genius. If I ever run for politics, I plan to run on a platform of anyone that shouts out or makes noise during a movie be arrested for Disturbing the Peace with a minimum 10-year sentence and six million dollar fine. But I digress. Let me not dwell on the audience but on the movie at hand which plays so realistically that whether or not you know the history behind the footage, you will be asking at the end of the film – “Was that real or fake?” It ingeniously never includes any bookend material to set-up or conclude what we’re witness to with the exception of the unnerving title card at the very outset. To say too much about what happens during the film would be sacrilege. What I will say is that it uses the same less-is-more technique that I praised the original 1963 The Haunting for. Blair Witch uses sound and the fear of the people involved to create its terror. I’ve often been asked throughout the years why I hate camping and why I won’t go camping – well now I can tell them to just watch The Blair Witch Project, which will probably put a dent into the profits of the camping industry. Here is a movie that is destined to be a classic – it already is in some circles by the sold-out attendances and added midnight shows at the Cannes film festival – and it deserves to be a classic of the horror genre, because it does its job, in spite of those looking for a butcher knife or animatronics.If you go into this movie with the right frame of mind, not expecting a big-budget CGI-induced nightmare, or big Dolby-esque shocks, and just let the realistic paranoid fear engulf you, then by the time you get to its ending and its final haunting images, The Blair Witch Project is likely to follow you home that night.