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The Blair Witch Project Dossier Perfect Paperback – 24 Sep 1999


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  • Perfect Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Boxtree; An Onyx Book edition (24 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752218638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752218632
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 14.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The astonishing US box-office success of The Blair Witch Project has scared Hollywood half to death: here is a film which was reportedly made for $22,000 yet which grossed millions. It purports to be the footage shot by three film students who went missing in Maryland's Black Hills while researching the legend of the eponymous witch. The key to the film's success lies in a combination of good old-fashioned scare tactics and some very astute marketing, which suggested that the (entirely staged) footage might be genuine.

Rather than offering a straightforward re-telling of the film, D.A. Stern's "dossier" is a contribution to the Blair Witch mythology, presenting "a bizarre and notorious backstory" which unfolds after the students' footage has been found. The book details the investigations of one Buck Buchanan, presenting to the reader the evidence which he gathers. Instead of a conventional narrative, the dossier creates a plot from sources such as interview transcripts, diagrams, photographs and journal entries.

As long as the reader is willing to play along with the central conceits-- that there really is a Blair Witch legend and that the film's footage is real- -the book functions as a remarkably effective supernatural thriller. The reader is encouraged to piece together the hints that are offered, while attempting to sift out the red herrings liberally strewn throughout the dossier. It largely manages to maintain the feeling that there is something terrible lurking behind the "facts", and only right at the end does the account threaten to descend into pure hokum. Moreover, since it avoids giving away too many details of the footage, the dossier could be treated either as a companion to the film, or as an appetiser before viewing. -- John Oates

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What actually happened to Heather Donahue, Michael Williams, and Joshua Leonard deep in the Maryland woods has become the stuff of legend. What they captured on film in their final days has transformed their sudden disappearance into one of America's most suggestive nightmares...

Now the complete story can be told.

In an exclusive arrangement with the filmmaker's families, noted journalist D.A. Stern and private investigator Buck Buchanan have unsealed the official police files to compile the first fully detailed and illustrated investigative files on one of the most disturbing cases in Maryland history...

  • The legends, myths and facts surrounding the Blair Witch
  • The uncanny connection to Maryland mass murderer Rustin Parr
  • Detailed crime-scene photos
  • Heather Donahue's chilling journals
  • Related cult murders and bizarre disappearances
  • The meaning of the strange campsite talismen, symbols and ruins
  • Exclusive interviews with the victims' friends and families
  • Insight into the shocking case from Haxan Films and Artisan Entertainment

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Aug. 2000
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The Blair Witch Dossier is a great detailed book about the Blair Witch and the myth's surrounding it. This is not like any other read, there are facts, interviews, pictures, newspaper cuttings and many more to do with the Blair Witch. There is information and research about the three student film makers who went missing and about Rustin Parr, another legend concerning the Blair Witch. A very worthwhile, enjoyable (I've read it twice) and scary read, not for the faint hearted!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dbruce@mohg.com on 10 Jan. 2000
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The book is a great read but does not take long to finish, but it manages to captivate your mind and carries you through a journey of spooky thoughts and has a tremendous ability to put you in the students shoes and fill their fears.A few days later i went to see the film, i was full of anticipation but was totally let down, not once was i scared or anxious and everyone in the cinema looked totally relaxed, some even looked bored.I probably should not have read the book first,but a couple of weeks later a delayed reaction to the film surfaced and i was completely spooked, reliving the whole film in my head.I managed to overcome this by saying it's only a film! it's only a film! BUT IS IT ONLY A FILM?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tit666@yahoo.com on 9 Oct. 1999
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The book gives total coverage of the Blair Witch mystery, from the myths of years ago, to the film makers who went missing. In between is a full description of the troubles of Rustin Parr, and information about how the film makers fall into madness.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mrsiles on 18 May 2013
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This book is amazing! I literally read it in two hours! (not that it's short or lacking substance, I was just so into this book and a fast reader!)
What I would say is this: I lent this to my dad as we both loved the film and he didn't get on with it. I asked him why, and he said that 'it's fake'. Yes, Dad, I know this. But to really enjoy this book you have to imagine at the beginning that the film is infact real. believe me, by the end you will be questioning whether it is! Some seriously spooky moments (but wont spoil it!) I wish I had read this before watching the film! Buy this, you wont be disappointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Aug. 1999
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Think the movie seemed real? Wait until you read this! This book has everything, from handwriten letters from Heather's mom to the investigator, to Heather's Journal itself. All presented in that authentic style of the film. Indispensable, I read it in one setting.
Oh, and it also clears up a couple of theories from the film ;)
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By A Customer on 16 Oct. 1999
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Okay so I have yet to see the film, but this book was what I needed. At first, like someone said, I was puzzled at the fact it was not that big, but there is a lot to read. I couldnt put it down, it was very imformative and carried on with the 'true story' approach. The best bit was the trance bit at the end, not many books have made me shiver at the words but this did - no joke. And this also happened, I lent the book to one of my friends, and they got SO freaked out by it that they couldnt read it alone, truth, they thought when they looked up at the mirror the Blair Witch would be there, the book had to be taken out the room before the person could calm down! If a book can do that to you - then what about the film? ... You wont be dissapointed.
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When I got this book, I have to admit when I saw it, it looked a little wierd. It didn't look all that big, but there is so much detail in there. I have to say congratualtions to D.A. Stern for a magnificant book. When i got reading it, it was absolutely amazing. I could not put it down. Honestly, if you are thinking about getting this book..GET IT! It is really spooky, especially neer the end when the psychic goes into her trance, and the things she say's while in her trance. Although I havn't seen the movie, I cannot wait to see what the three filmed!
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The blair witch project dossier is simply the ideal read for the curious blair witch project fantatic, who would just love to know the more detailed analysis of a film that was to shock the nation. While this book is suited for peole who have watched the film, it is fair to say that the dossier combines enough intriguing knowledge and detailed analysis that you simply wont want to put the book down. Quite a fantastic read, and while being a little over the top, has its fair share of scares to take it first class. GREAT READ!
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