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Trailers from Hell: Oren Peli on 'The Blair Witch Project'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood November 1, 2013 at 11:58AM

The Halloween festivities conclude over at Trailers from Hell, with "Paranormal Activity" director Oren Peli introducing 1999's found-footage classic "The Blair Witch Project."
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"The Blair Witch Project"
"The Blair Witch Project"

The Halloween festivities conclude over at Trailers from Hell, with "Paranormal Activity" director Oren Peli introducing 1999's found-footage classic "The Blair Witch Project."

The so-called “found footage” genre was spearheaded by the spurious likes of Mondo Cane and Cannibal Holocaust, but its most successful modern day incarnation was Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez’s groundbreaking phonomenon (the first to be widely marketed on the internet) which purported to be the video diary of student filmmakers who disappeared in Maryland while investigating a local legend. TFH welcomes its latest Guru Orin Peli, who tells us how this film influenced his current series of popular Paranormal Activity movies. The US trailer for this is quite brief so we’re linking to the longer international one, with Dutch subtitles.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.